Adelaide United proved the third time’s the charm claiming their first Grand Final with a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in front of a an SA A-League record 50,119 crowd at Adelaide Oval earlier this month.
Bruce Kamau ended 202 minutes of scoreless action in the Grand Final for the club with his finish in the 22nd minute. Marcelo Carrusca created the opportunity with his work down the left wing before sending a cross to the Kenyan-born winger to knock home.
Isaias doubled the score with a well-placed free kick that went around the wall and inside the post into the side netting in the 34th minute.
Western Sydney Wanders kept matters interesting, however, by taking advantage of a rare spell of possession to draw within 1 when Scott Neville scored his first goal for the club in the 58th minute.
The goal inspired the visitors and they took charge of the game but despite holding a huge advantage in possession down the stretch could not convert that into the equalizer.
Pablo Sanchez ended all hopes for the Wanderers with his cool finish in the 90th minute.
The victory capped off a roller coaster season with the team’s first Australian championship. Adelaide was winless in their opening 8 matches but turned that around to win the Premiers’ Plate (regular season title) in Guillermo Amor’s first season as a professional coach.
And the new champions are looking to test themselves against the best in the world. Adelaide United challenged Premier League winners to a match at the Adelaide Oval 2.
“Adelaide United and Leicester City are the impossible dream teams of football. Both have created history,” SA tourism minister Leon Bignell told the Guardian.