As Adelaide United prepare to host Melbourne City on Friday night we take a trip down memory lane to relive four unforgettable goals.
Mark Ochieng’s dramatic winner – 12/01/17 @ Coopers Stadium
Youngster Mark Ochieng grabbed all the headlines in Adelaide’s Round 15 clash of the 2016/17 campaign, courtesy of an impactful cameo appearance. With the score locked at 1-1 after 86 minutes the 20-year-old brilliantly completed a ruthless counter-attacking move. James Holland played a long ball to Sergi Guardiola, whose first-time volley set Ochieng through and he duly profited – dispatching his finish into top corner in the 87th minute to score his inaugural Hyundai A-League goal.
Bruce Djite’s top drawer screamer – 22/04/16 @ Coopers Stadium
With the 2015/16 semi-final on a knife’s edge following a scoreless first-half, striker Bruce Djite quickly dispelled any qualms and nervous energy amongst the 15,000 strong supporters in attendance immediately after the re-start. The loose ball broke to the talisman 25 yards out and he emphatically curled his strike into the top right corner. He would later convert from the penalty spot as the Reds marched to a 4-1 victory and into the Grand Final.
Tarek Elrich’s superb individual goal – 25/04/15 @ Coopers Stadium
In the final round of the 2014/15 regular season, Tarek Elrich produced a moment of magic to cap off an incredible campaign on a personal level. Indeed, just a few weeks earlier, the versatile defender received his maiden Socceroos cap against Macedonia following his consistent performances. Elrich collected the ball inside his own half before slaloming his way past three City players and finishing beyond the goalkeeper. It sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy and the fabulous solo effort aptly won the Hyundai A-League Goal of the Season Award.
Fabio Ferreira’s last-gasp equaliser – 04/04/14 @ Coopers Stadium
After taking the lead inside the opening 30 seconds, Adelaide found themselves trailing 2-1 at the break with a man sent off. A big fightback was needed in the second-half and the Reds’ resilience paid dividends in stoppage time. Awer Mabil’s low cross from the left was met well by the onrushing Ferreira at the back post to steer home a 92nd minute leveller.
Adelaide United host Melbourne City in Round 23 of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season on Friday, 16 March at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT.