Comeback Stars With Win
Written by Antonis Pangonis
Despite progressing to the next round of the Australia Cup midweek, MetroStars came into the encounter against Adelaide United on the back of disappointing league losses to Adelaide City and FK Beograd, conceding six goals in the process.
It looked like another disappointing loss was imminent when Asad Kasumovic dispossessed Paul Blefari to open the scoring for the Young Reds three minutes into the game.
The visitors kept creating their own problems, with Tim Henderson’s erroneous clearance finding its way past Luke Ostbye giving United a two-goal lead at the break.
Metro entered the second half renewed, focused and ready to play. Ren Nagamatsu pulled his side level with two trademark header goals in the 49th and 68th which left Reds’ keeper Ashton Rinaldo helpless.
The game was decided when Hamish Gow’s hopeful ball was deflected into the way of Justin Davis whose header gave super-sub Ariath Piol an empty net to wrap up an impressive comeback; another example of the cliché “game of two halves” ringing true in NPL SA Season 2022.
Metro is constantly proving that they do not do things the easy way, and that rang true once again against Adelaide United. Despite the fact that they ended up with the three points, Rob Saraceno will be hoping that his side can stop putting itself in unfavourable situations that take an incredible amount of energy to overcome.
Adelaide Utd 0
MetroStars 3 (Nagamatsu 2, Piol)
Photo - Chris Kelly