APIA breaks City’s hearts
ADELAIDE City’s season was abruptly ended by the width of the post when teenage sensation Carlo Armiento rocked the woodwork in stoppage time in a lucky break for APIA Leichhardt.
APIA beat the SA premier 1-0 at Oakden in the Australian National Premier League series but not before Armiento almost equalised yesterday.
The 18-year-old left-footer was unleashed off the bench in a bid to jag an equaliser in the dying stages of the clash.
When winger Mamadi Kamara was fouled just outside the box after he was cut down following a mazy run, Armiento stepped up to take dead ball responsibility.
His perfectly weighted set piece was heading for the top corner until the 190cm frame of APIA’s former Sydney FC gloveman Ivan Necevski ensured he got a fingertip to the ball before it crashed against the upright.
The ball was cleared to safety 20 minutes after APIA’s Tasuka Sekiya broke Adelaide City’s hearts with a brilliant team goal.
The move was started by right back Nathan Millgate when City backed off inside its own half which allowed the visitors time to dictate a winning move.
Sekiya volleyed the ball from 7m but it was an exquisite through-ball from APIA substitute Franco Parisi — a former Newcastle Jets A-League midfielder — which split City’s defence open after Millgate was the catalyst.
REUNITED: Former referee Donald Campbell, former Adelaide City and Socceroos coach Rale Rasic and John 'Dixie' Deans yesterday.