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2015 Ends With a BANG

Adelaide United end 2015 with a BANG. Undefeated in 4 games and 10 points out of a possible 12 sees us just 2 points outside of the top 6 giving us a sense of optimism as we push to play finals football this season.

Who would have thought that a month ago when we couldn’t buy a win, score a goal or defend with any conviction. We looked a team lost and many wanted Amor out the door along with half the squad.

Our third win of the Season against a very tough Wellington Phoenix side, well organised by coach Ernie Merrick was impressive and clinical, the perfect tonic for the players to take into 2016.

The boys are more confident on the field now and have a swagger in their step.  Three wins and everyone is a foot taller and better for it. We, the fans are happy on board too and this was reflected in the highest home game crowd of the season at Hindmarsh when 11,600 loyal reds fans cheered on the lads.

So 3 zip over the Kiwis but maybe a score line that flatters us more as I don’t think the Phoenix were that bad and us that dominant, we were fairly lucky to go a goal up just before half time when Manny Muscat turned the ball into his own net and that favourite REDS player this year Mr. Own goal gave us the lead at the break.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the second half when Albert Riera was sent off after 57 minutes and Wellington had to play the last half hour with 10men. Of course Adelaide United took control of the game from this point on and after 73 minutes Craig Goodwin got our 2nd goal from a shot that Glenn Moss in goals really should have saved, but hey as a REDS fan we will take the charitable goodwill this time of year and we wish Glenn Moss a Merry Christmas.

After 75 minutes Michael Marrone got Adelaide’s 3rd and his first ever A-League goal of his career, so a big shout out to Marrone you goal scoring machine you!!  We want more goals from our fullback now, but seriously he has been in RED hot form in recent weeks and another player that has stepped up and turned our season around.

So as we pop the corks and drink in the New Year suddenly as REDS fans 2016 doesn’t look so bad, I’m not saying we are world beaters just yet but we are certainly not cellar dwellers as was the case a month ago.  All we can do as supporters is be optimistic, positive and grateful in the knowledge that we are heading in the right direction.

Let’s hope in 2016 when we jump on board again there is a station called finals football and as REDS supporters we can make that stop.