Seventh heaven for rampant Reds


Adelaide United have convincingly defeated Newcastle Jets 7-0 in Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League in what was one of their most dominant displays under coach, Josep Gombau.

The win was secured by halftime with goals from Djite, Carrusca, and Boogaard seeing the Reds up 4-0 – Carrusca bagging a brace in the opening 45. Come the second half, Djite secured his double, Cirio scored from the penalty spot, and Isaias finishing off the win in style.

United were the team to undoubtedly start the better, with Bruce Djite scoring within the opening two minutes of play. A confident run through the middle of the park from stand-in captain, Nigel Boogaard, saw him spray the ball wide for the advancing Craig Goodwin to whip in a cross. Whilst the cross wasn’t initially met by a United player, the Jets’ failure to clear the ball out of their box saw it land at the feet of Djite who clinically smacked the ball home.  

Following Adelaide’s early goal, the Jets tried their best to equalise, but the Reds’ pressure was relentless and their dominance profound.

Yet the Jets weren’t without their chances and in the 20th minute Paul Izzo made a brave save with his face to deny Andrew Hoole from close range.

But no sooner had the Jets had their first chance, United had doubled their lead – this time through Marcelo Carrusca. His goal came after he was put through one-on-one with Newcastle ‘keeper, Ben Kennedy, after Isaias hit an incredibly decisive, defence-splitting through ball the Argentine’s way. Carrusca calmly rounded Kennedy and finished into an open net.

Remarkably, five minutes later, United were three goals to-the-good when Carrusca scored his second of the night from the penalty spot, after Michael Marrone was fouled in the box by Adrian Madaschi.

And ten minutes from the break, the Reds added a fourth to their tally courtesy of Boogaard, who neatly flicked the ball home from close range following a United corner.

United started the second half just as rampant as the first with Djite scoring his second within nine minutes. Tarek Elrich stormed into the box after dodging numerous defenders, played the ball to Djite, who had his first shot blocked, but made amends with his second, dispatching a low drive into the bottom left corner.

The Reds weren’t done here and when Pablo Sanchez was brought down in the box for United’s second penalty, Sergio Cirio stepped up and slotted the ball home to make it 6-0.

Isaias finished off the night in absolute style for the Reds, as he curled in an audacious effort from 24-yards-out into the far post, leaving Kennedy with no chance.

Following the win, head-coach, Josep Gombau, praised his side’s emphatic win and the way they went about their football for the full 90 minutes.

“We are so happy for today’s game,” Gombau said.

“I think we did a very good game, we are happy, and today we scored the chances that we had – this is important.

“Sometimes we’ve created chances, but we have not scored. I am satisfied both for the boys and I’m happy for the people who have come to the stadium to enjoy and this is important.

“There’s still a long way to go and it’s just three points. We’ll enjoy today and tomorrow and on Monday start again and prepare for the next game.”

Match Details
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season – Round 15
Adelaide United 7 
Newcastle Jets 0
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Attendance: 10,090

Adelaide United: 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.PABLO SÁNCHEZ, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE, 14.Cameron WATSON, 16.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Awer MABIL, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 20.Paul IZZO (GK), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 24.Bruce KAMAU, 30.John HALL (GK)

Newcastle Jets: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 3.Taylor REGAN, 4.Kew JALIENS (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Adrian MADASCHI, 8.Zenon CARAVELLA, 9.Joel GRIFFITHS, 11.Andrew HOOLE, 12.Sam GALLAGHER, 13.Edson MONTANO, 14.Billy CELESKI, 16.Jacob PEPPER, 18.Allan WELSH, 19.Mitch COOPER, 20.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 23.David CARNEY, 27.Radovan PAVICEVI

Scorers: Djite 1′, Carrusca 23′, Carrusca 28′, Boogaard 35′, Djite 53′, Cirio 69′, Isaias 92′

Red cards: none

Yellow cards: Madaschi 25’, Griffiths 27’, Jaliens 38’, Carney 43’