Friday, October 18, 2013

James Troisi won a point for Melbourne Victory in the final moments

James Troisi won a point for Melbourne Victory in the final moments

Melbourne Victory came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Adelaide United in a pulsating A-League clash at Coopers Stadium

A late, late goal from James Troisi forced the sharing of the spoils.

In a fast, furious and controversial match the Reds were indebted to two refereeing blunders for their point in front of a full house of 16,506.

Victory's Connor Pain had the first clear-cut scoring opportunity after 15 minutes when he inexplicably shot over the bar from two metres out.

Victory was made to pay dearly for the glaring miss because Adelaide was awarded a penalty soon after when striker Jeronimo Neumann was deemed to have been brought down by goalkeeper Nathan Coe.

Television replays showed that referee Alan Milliner's decision was very harsh on Victory.
Midfielder Sergio Cirio found the net with a retaken kick.

Two minutes later Adelaide was two up.

A deflected shot from substitute Awer Mabil hit the upright and Neumann was on hand to apply an easy tap-in.

Victory could have got back into the game after 32 minutes when Archie Thompson beat the Reds' offside trap and went away unopposed but he chose not to shoot when in an excellent position and passed to Pain, who was ruled offside.

Television replays however showed the decision was wrong.

Victoy played with more urgency in the second half and Adelaide's goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic did well to stop a drive from fullback Adama Traore.

Troisi then shot wide when well placed.

Victory never gave up trying and penned the Reds in their own area for long periods.
Substitute midfielder Gui Finkler gave them hope with a goal 12 minutes and Thompson hit the bar with Galekovic beaten but the Reds held on for a precious win.

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