FFA Cup specialists Adelaide United, made it three FFA Cup final triumphs in four attempts over six years. It also became the first team to retain the cup. And on a hot October night in Adelaide in front of a crowd of 14,920, it has also unearthed a teenage sensation in Toure who was awarded the Mark Viduka medal for player of the final.
Initally, the Reds played with caution in the first twenty minutes and perhaps played too much respect to Melbourne City.
But then Toure turned the final on it’s head with a stunning strike to beat the Melbourne City keeper at the inside post.
From that moment, the Reds seemed to outplay and outwit Melbourne with the Red’s speed being a huge weapon.
An early goal in the second half seemed to have rattled Melbourne and it was the Reds winning all the fifty fifty balls and going three nil up within sixty minutes.
The second half became party time for the reds with three goals creating an electric atmosphere at Coopers Stadium. Toure playing a big part in the second and third goal. Toure also got emotional after the second goal was scored on a magical night for him and his team. While Melbourne could not score even with easy chances towards the end of the match. Amongst the goals by the Reds, emotions got high with both teams being involved in a scuffle.
Adelaide United will enjoy some well deserved celebration drinks tonight before they tackle the issue of trying to land their first A-League win of the season in Newcastle on Saturday.
And let’s hope Toure chooses the Socceroos over his birth country of Liberia.
Match report by Tony Polese.
Images (by journeywithjulian) from the 2019 FFA Cup final can be found on the Eventalaide facebook page.