APIA breaks City’s hearts

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - VAL MIGLIACCIO

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.

Pic­ture: MATT TURNER

RE­UNITED: For­mer ref­eree Don­ald Camp­bell, for­mer Ade­laide City and Soc­ceroos coach Rale Ra­sic and John 'Dixie' Deans yes­ter­day.

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