If you were watching the A-League last night you wouldn’t have been blamed for turning off the tele a little early as Brisbane Roar looked headed to a comfortable 1-0 win thanks to a maiden goal from Massimo Maccarone inside 10 minutes. However, Adelaide’s fitness proved the difference as they scored twice in the final minutes to steal the match. In doing this the Reds made some history.
Firstly, the goals. Substitute Ryan Kitto was the one to level the scores, before Johan Absalonsen grabbed the hero role with the late winner. Now that you have been brought up to date we can chat about the rest and what those goals meant for Adelaide United.
It was the fourth time in A-League history Adelaide have come-from-behind late to win 2-1, but it is the first time since the 2008-09 season. It was a victory over Perth in Round 9, Socceroo Nikita Rukavytsya gave the visitors the lead after 55 minutes. Just when victory looked likely cult hero Alemao equalised with 10 minutes to spare before Travis Dodd converted a penalty two minutes later. The Reds went from being a back seat passenger, to the erratic driver.
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The second time they accomplished it was a wet and windy night in Newcastle, not Stoke, when the table toppers travelled to the Hunter looking to avenge their 4-2 defeat in their last meeting. Things were heading Newcastle’s way when former Premier League midfielder Richard Johnson gave the Jets the lead after 59 minutes. A lead they held until the 75th minute when Carl Veart, who scored the A-League’s first ever goal also at the venue, equalised. And when Louis Brain scored in the 79th minute all three points smuggled onto the plane heading back to South Australia.
Adelaide won seven consecutive matches on their way to claiming the Premier’s Plate in 2005-06 and the way they started that run was similar to how they beat the Jets, and almost the same way they beat Brisbane last night.
Turn the clocks back to Round 12, 2005-06 when a John Hutchinson strike gave the Central Coast Mariners the lead over the side they would eventually knock out of the competition. Before they can do that they had to hang on for three points which looked the case as they held their 1-0 lead in the 84th minute.
Travis Dodd equalised after 85 minutes to salvage a point for the visitors. However, instead they decided to take all three as Fernando Rich struck to steal the win.
Two five-minute turnarounds, one four-minute, and one two-minute. Adelaide are low-key the A-League’s thief in the night.
Despite being on the losing side for the second consecutive week, Massimo Maccarone joined an elite list as one of the oldest players to score their first A-League goal. Can you name the other four?