Adelaide United has defeated Western Sydney in the A-league grand final at Adelaide Oval last night, taking out the season with a 3-1 victory over the Wanderers.
It is the clubs first grand final victory since the inception of the club 12 years ago.
In front of a crowd of 50,119, Adelaide took a 2-0 lead at half time thanks to two goals by Bruce Kamau and Isaias.
In the final 20 minutes Scott Neville put the Wanderers on the score board, but it wasn’t enough.
Adelaide’s Pablo Sanchez then sealed the deal with a 90th minute goal to finally give the South Australian club an A-League Championship.
Here’s a look at the winning goal.
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Isaias, the Spanish midfielder for the Reds, was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as best on ground or his first-half free-kick.
It was an incredible victory for a team that was winless and at the bottom of the league in round 8 of the competition.
The loss was the Wanderers third grand final defeat in four years.
Coach Tony Popovic said it came down to the team’s poor first half performance.
“We weren’t happy with the first half because we weren’t ourselves and if we’re going to lose a final, we have to lose the way we want to play,” he said. “In the second half it was much better and we had a few more moments but in the end they were able to get the third.
“But I’m just so disappointed in our first half. I’m disappointed because we didn’t do enough and it became too difficult to claw back the two goals.”
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