Heart trounced by red hot Adelaide

By Tomasz Ng:

National Youth League 2013/14 Season, Round 6

2:00pm, Saturday 30 November, 2013 – Epping Stadium, Melbourne


Melbourne Heart  FC 1 (Cartanos 90’)

defeated by 

Adelaide United  FC 4 (Melling 4’, Milesunic 22’ 53’, O’Doherty 86’)


Adelaide United completed a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Melbourne Heart at Epping Stadium, their second two win in a row since being thrashed by Sydney FC.

A brace for Nikola Milesunic was complemented by goals from Jacob Melling and Jordan O’Doherty, as Adelaide comprehensively beat the home side.

Heart managed a late consolation through Andrew Cartanos but it was too little too late as they were outplayed on the day.

Adelaide United kicked into gear straight away, passing the ball around confidently and pushing Heart deep into their own half.

From an early corner, the clearance found its way to Melling who was waiting outside the box, and he unleashed a 30 yard drive into the back of the net.

His shot was deflected on the way through, enough to wrong foot Heart keeper Marco Stevanja and slip past him.

A great run through midfield by Melling almost saw Adelaide grab a second soon after, as he played in Kitto who whipped in a cross for Anthony Costa, but the striker could shoot straight at Stevanja.

Adelaide did double their lead in the 22nd minute as Milesunic tapped in a cross from Dion Kirk, which had evaded the Heart defence.

Kitto and Melling were looking impressive for Adelaide, proving to be the centre of all things positive for Adelaide.

It was Kitto who almost created a third goal, as he crossed in for Costa who only managed to skewed his shot wide.

Heart were limited to shots from range, and they failed to adequately test John Hall in goal.

Hernan Espindola tried his best early on in the contest, creating a couple of small openings for Heart, but the end product was  lacking.

The closest they came to scoring in the first half was when Marcus Schroen beat the offside trap, and squared the ball to Philip Petreski as he ran into the box.

Petreski’s effort was blocked by the Adelaide defence however, and the ball rolled into John Hall’s hand.

Heart came out stronger after the break, with Garuccio in particular looking good with a couple of shots, one which went just wide and the other deflected wide.

Yet it was Adelaide who scored next, with Milesunic finishing well past Stevanja after being played through on goal.

Heart continued to press however, and almost got a goal back, but Hernan Espindola’s shot was well saved by John Hall down to his left.

Adelaide were mainly content to play at their own pace, and managed to force another opening for Milesunic, but he couldn’t secure his hat trick on this occasion, with his shot aimed straight at Stevanja.

They eventually made it four, through Jordan O’Doherty, whose exquisite chip found the back off the net.

The ball fell to him as Stevanja came out to save a Konstandopoulos effort, and O’Doherty simply dinked the ball into the open net from 20 yards.

Heart got a consolation through Andrew Cartanos before the end of the match after he played a neat one two with Garuccio.

It was a difficult result to take for the home side, while they had improved substantially in the second half, were blown away by a rampant Reds outfit in the first period.



Crowd: 125

Melbourne Heart:

1. Marko Stevanja (GK), 3. Phillip Petreski, 4. David Vrankovic, 5. Ross Archibald (c), 6. Alexander Dao (13. Tyler James +61’), 7. Hernan Espindola, 8. Paulo Retre, 9. Benjamin Garuccio, 10. Marcus Schroen (11. Jonathan Bounas +61), 14. Ersin KAYA (2. Andrew Cartanos +61’), 15. Sam Mitchinson

SUBS: 16. Phillip Petrovski (GK)

Yellow Cards: Kaya, Petreski, Bounas

Red Cards: Nil

Adelaide United:

1. John Hall (GK), 2. Dion Kirk (10. Ryan Kitto +88’), 3. Shaun Harvey (c), 6. Jack Bladen, 9. Anthony Costa (17. Jordan O’Doherty +60’), 20, 10. Ryan Kitto (7. Bruce Kamau +60’), 11. Nikola Milesunic, 15. Matthew Bouzalas, 16. Jacob Melling (8. Nathan Konstandopoulos +60’), 19. Cameron Watson, 21. Anthony Golec

SUBS: 20.Daniel Margush

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil



Referee: Patrick Chaplin

Assistants: Wilson Brown, Jordan English, Harley Natis

Pitch Rating: 7/10

Game Rating: 7/10

Ones to watch: Hernan Espindola, Ben Garuccio (Melb. Heart), Jacob Melling, Ryan Kitto,  Nikola Milesunic (Adelaide Utd)

By Tomasz Ng