Adelaide United 2-0 North Queensland Fury
Second-placed Adelaide United moved to within 4 points of A-League leaders Brisbane Roar when they beat bottom-side North Queensland Fury at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide tonight.
It was Adelaide’s seventh home win in a row.
Marcos Flores opened the scoring in the 5th minute following a cross from the right by Paul Reid. The Argentinian latched on to the cross and beat Justin Pasfield with a low, right-footed shot from 7 metres.
Sergio Van Dijk headed Adelaide’s second in the 16th minute from a perfect left-wing cross from Cassio.
It was Van Dijk’s 8th goal of the season and he joins Jean Carlos Solorzano of Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory’s Robbie Kruse as the A-League’s leading marksmen.
Van Dijk almost grabbed a second with a fine shot in the 33rd minute, but Pasfield produced a timely save.
The second half was an anti-climax and Adelaide were happy to settle for the 3 points.
The Fury were far from full strength, with even coach Franz Straka absent. He had the ‘flu and was confined to bed back in Townsville.
Captain Ufuk Talay was suspended for this match, while Chris Payne (hamstring), Isaka Cernak (knee), Eric Akoto (knee), Chris Grossman (knee) and Adam Casey (ankle) were all injured.
Adelaide captain Travis Dodd took his place in the team after the match review panel rescinded his red card issued last week in the match against Wellington Phoenix, where the referee had sent him off after what he thought was a deliberate kick to the head of Vince Lia.
Adelaide United: Galekovic - Barbiero, Fyfe, Cornthwaite (Mullen 78), Cassio - Hughes, Flores (Keenan 83), Reid - Dodd, Van Dijk, Pantelis (Ramsay 63) (Sub not used: Birighitti)
Goals: Flores 5, Van Dijk 16
North Queensland Fury: Pasfield - Tavsancioglu (Spagnuolo 46), Hughes, Malik, Storey (Studman 75) - Nikas, Kilian, Edds - Hingert (McDonald 46), Daal, Williams (Sub not used: Usai)
Ref: M Gillett