Reds Rewind – Carl Veart’s late winner stuns Victory


Our Reds Rewind series takes a look at one of the earliest moments in Original Rivalry history as Carl Veart’s winner sealed all three points in a 1-0 triumph.

Round 10 of the 2005/06 season was just the second meeting between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League but despite the rivalry’s infancy, the indignation shared between the pair was palpable.

Adelaide had prevailed 1-0 in the first encounter of the season at Coopers Stadium thanks to Louis Brain’s goal inside 11 seconds – which still remains the fastest goal in the Hyundai A-League.

Fast forward seven rounds and it would be United’s turn to travel interstate and face the Victory at Olympic Park Stadium.

A tightly contested battle, saw the Reds come out on top courtesy of a clever lob over the onrushing goalkeeper.

In the 83rd minute Angelo Costanzo collected the ball in midfield, drove forward and played a wonderful defence-splitting through ball with his left foot over the top for Veart to run on to.

The experienced striker had the presence of mind to guide the bouncing ball over the ‘keeper to seal a maiden win in enemy territory.

Carl Veart lobs future Red Eugene Galekovic against Melbourne Victory in 2005

Veart on that match-winning lob…

“I suppose leading up to the A-League we played a couple of games against Melbourne Victory in the (pre-season) cup,” he said.

“And I suppose South Australia and Victoria it was that rivalry that we’ve always had and that was our second league game against them.

“Our first one at home was the one where Richie Alagich got sent off early and that really kick started a huge rivalry between us and Melbourne Victory.

“And to go away to their place and win 1-0 and I think we scored quite late and again that was another one of our highlights of the season.

“That really bonded the group that result on that night.”

Adelaide United host Central Coast Mariners in the Round of 32 of the FFA Cup 2018 on Wednesday, 1 August at Marden Sports Complex. Kick-off is at 7.00 PM ACST.