REDS RUN RIO T TO SNEAK WIN

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ADE­LAIDE BRIS­BANE ADE­LAIDE UNITED

ADELAIDEADELAI United stunned Bris­bane Roar with two goals at the death to seal a 2- 1 come- from- be­hind ALeague vic­tory last night.

The Roar looked des­tined to win af­ter Mas­simo Mac­carone opened his ac­count just eight min­utes into his home de­but, be­fore John Aloisi’s side seem­ingly weath­ered the worst of a sec­ond- half storm from the vis­i­tors.

But the Reds kept on com­ing and even­tu­ally broke through, with sub­sti­tute Ryan Kitto equal­is­ing in the 88th minute, then Jo­han Ab­sa­lon­sen scored the win­ner in in­jury time.

It was a de­served re­sult af­ter Ade­laide wres­tled back con­trol of a match that ebbed and flowed with both teams en­joy­ing pe­ri­ods of dom­i­nance.

Ital­ian veteran Mac­carone got the ball rolling, smash­ing in his first ALeague goal at the back post af­ter he was set up by a Corey Brown cross, to the de­light of the 11,178- strong crowd.

The Roar had an ar­ray of chances to make it 2- 0 but goal­keeper Paul Izzo made six im­por­tant saves – snuff­ing out a dan­ger­ous Peter Skapetis break, an­other Mac­carone ef­fort and a rasp­ing shot from Brett Hol­man.

United nearly equalised in the 52nd minute af­ter Ge­orge Black­wood beat his marker Avram Pa­padopou­los and cut into the box, only for his shot to can­non off the post into goal­keeper Michael Theo’s back and then go out for a cor­ner.

They con­tin­ued to rally and were richly re­warded, with Kitto mak­ing it 1- 1 just min­utes com­ing on to the field. Dan­ish winger Ab­sa­lon­sen com­pleted the come­back, scor­ing his sec­ond goal in as many games.

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

IM­PRES­SIVE OUT­ING: Ade­laide goal­keeper Paul Izzo makes a save.

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