A drama-filled 90 minutes at Coopers Stadium saw Adelaide United run out 2-0 winners against Western Sydney Wanderers.
Paul Izzo – 6: Had very little to do but played a part in the Reds’ second goal with his clearance.
Ersan Gulum – 6: Was rarely threatened defensively but entertained the United faithful with some eye-catching moments on the ball.
Jordan Elsey – 7.5: An assured defensive display. Won duels both aerially and on the ground. Taylor Regan may just struggle to regain a start when he returns from injury.
Ryan Strain – 6.5: Strong debut from the 20-year-old – provided the cross that led to a penalty along with some classy service from the right.
Ben Garuccio – 4: Harnessed the pace of Josh Sotirio but was sent off for a horror studs-up challenge on Roly Bonevacia in the 75th minute. Luckily for Garuccio, the result was already in the bag.
Daniel Adlung – 8: Created plenty of chances and was a workhorse in the middle of the park. Influential in both attack and defence.
Isaías – 7: Nothing special from the Spaniard but he marshalled the Reds’ midfield in a typically stylish fashion.
Karim Matmour – 7: Reminiscent of Tom Rogic with the poise and elegance he shows on the ball. Hassled, created the opener and passed fluidly. Strong showing.
Nikola Mileusnic – 5: Spurned two golden chance to put his side ahead but somewhat redeemed himself by assisting the Reds’ second goal.
Baba Diawara – 4: Not his day. Spurned a penalty, should have cost his side the opening goal by interfering with play from an offside position and failed to hold the ball up effectively.
Ryan Kitto – 9: A candidate for the league’s most underrated attacker. Looks dangerous with virtually every attack and popped up for a deserved brace.
Mark Ochieng – 4: Slotted in at right back following Strain’s withdrawal and was left for dead by Raul Llorente which nearly proved costly.
George Blackwood – 4: Worked hard off the bench but made little meaningful impact on the match.
Nathan Konstandopoulos – N/A: Hardly sighted in a brief 15 minute cameo.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Vedran Janjetovic – 6: Made a really smart save to keep his side in the game but would inevitably concede with just nine players in front of him.
Michael Thwaite – 4: An average display from Thwaite, who in fairness was left disadvantaged by his centre-back partner’s send off.
Robbie Cornthwaite – 3: Let his whole team down. Two needless yellows in the first 20 minutes saw the Wanderers chasing the Reds’ tails for the remainder of the match. Might have stayed on the pitch on another day.
Raul Llorente – 6: Quite possibly the premier left-back of the competition. Put the ball on a dime for Riera who should have levelled on the hour mark.
Josh Risdon – 4: Caught out on the right by Kitto several times and offered little going forward. The Socceroo will see better days.
Jacob Melling – 4: Provided some grunt in the middle of the park for the Red and Black but was outclassed by a superior opposition midfield.
Roly Bonevacia – 5: Played a deeper role than previously seen of him at the Wanderers and made some smart interceptions.
Alvaro Cejudo – 4: Withdrawn from the field before he could influence proceedings due to Cornthwaite’s send-off.
Jumpei Kusukami – 4: Some clever dinks but ultimately poor decision making when in counted. Lack of midfield service did him little favours.
Oriol Riera – 6: He was the Wanderer who wanted it most. Some clumsy touches but his attacking intent remained even after his side went a man down. Struck the crossbar on the hour mark with a bullet header.
Jaushua Sotirio – 4: Nippy down the right but seems to lack ideas in the final third – needs to work on his final product.
Brendan Hamill – 4: Replaced Cejudo following Cornthwaite’s dismissal and was run ragged by Kitto. A diabolical touch gifted the Reds their second.
Kearyn Baccus – 5: Upped the tempo of the Wanderers midfield and worked hard defensively.
Mark Bridge – N/A: Was introduced off the bench late but never influenced the match.