United fail at Bluetongue
10:50 PM Sun 25th Jan, 2009 - Admin
Cristiano fires home the winner against Al Ahly..jpg
Adelaide United has failed to win the A-League minor premiership after surrendering top spot to Melbourne Victory in the final minor round of the season.

Adelaide United needed to beat Central Coast Mariners by two goals in order to claim the minor premiership. With all to play for and needing goals away from home, Adelaide lined up with its now familiar defensive 4-5-1 formation. The lone striker role was handed to the goal-less Agostino with Adelaide's main striker Cristiano surprisingly left on the bench.

In contrast Central Coast Mariners went into the match with nothing to play for having already locked in its place in 4th position of the A-League.

With nothing to lose, Central Coast played aggressively giving Adelaide the opportunity to counter attack. On several occasions Adelaide opened up the Central Cost defence but Adelaide's lack of striker power up front saw these goal scoring opportunities squandered or denied by the woodwork.

It was not until the final 10 minutes of the match that Adelaide made its long overdue change in tactics to a 4-4-2 formation. The change in tactics brought an immediate return with substitute striker Younis brilliantly setting up a goal for fellow substitute striker Cristiano. Younis took on his defender before flicking the ball from the byline into the feet of Cristiano who made no mistake from close range. The goal setup a furious end to end finish to the game. But Adelaide was not able to get its crucial second goal and now has to take the hard road to qualify for the Asian Champions League.

Final score - Central Coast 0 - Adelaide United 1

Melbourne Victory finish minor premiers on equal points and equal goal difference to Adelaide United but have scored more goals.
Source: FootballNews
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