May 02, 2015 08:18:34 UK
Adelaide United finally found a way past an outstanding Jamie Young when Awer Mabil scored three minutes from time to give them a 2-1 win in their elimination final.
The Reds ended Brisbane’s hopes of defending their championship as they won their first final in four years.
Young, who had no chance with Craig Goodwin’s sensational free-kick in the first half that gave the home side the lead, performed heroics for the rest of the night to keep Josep Gombau’s team at bay.
The winner when it came was a rather scrappy affair, Mabil’s shot from near the penalty spot after a Miguel Palanca cross going in despite Young getting a hand to the ball.
We knew we had plenty of quality to go up the other end and score.
The victory took United, who are 5.00 to win the Grand Final, through to an away semi-final against Sydney FC next Saturday.
The Reds are 3.20 to beat Sydney, who are 2.20 with the draw 3.40.
Defender Tarek Elrich praised substitutes Palanca and Mabil for having unlocked the Roar defence.
“We knew we had plenty of quality to go up the other end and score. Awer and Palanca were called upon and did the job,” said Elrich. “Credit to our boys we capitalised on one of their attacks.”
Brisbane came with some confidence from having won both of their regular season meetings in Adelaide, and did not buckle after conceding an early goal to Goodwin.
Last season’s Johnny Warren Medallist Thomas Broich netted an equaliser midway through the first half as he capitalised on a defensive blunder.
The Reds broke the deadlock on seven minutes, James Jeggo winning a free-kick when fouled by James Donachie. Goodwin curled home a beauty from 20 yards past Young into the top corner of the net.
Broich seized his chance when Dylan McGowan slipped while attempting a back-pass, advancing on goal before producing a clinical finish past Eugene Galekovic.
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