Adelaide University are crowned State League Two Champions and gain the final promotion spot in State League One after beating Vipers FC 5-3 on penalties at VALO Football Centre.
Underdogs Vipers FC were hungry from the first whistle as their high press caused numerous problems for the Adelaide University defence. An early cross to the front post from Viper’s captain Papapetros saw marksman Torres get a slightest touch causing Adelaide University goalkeeper Fabio Migliaccio to pull off a world-class save as he plucked the ball off the goal-line ensuring his side didn’t go behind within the first 5 minutes.
A very stop-start first half saw Adelaide University and Vipers FC conceding multiple professional fouls, with numerous great opportunities going to Vipers via a large sum of corners.
Viper’s dominance in the first half almost paid off as Torres was close to breaking the deadlock with numerous golden opportunities as his quick thinking and reactions caused problems for the Adelaide University defence in the first half.
Adelaide University’s best opportunity came in the 30th minute as star winger Corbo hit a low driven cross to the back post, which was not dealt with by the Viper’s defence, unfortunately for Adelaide University, no players were able to get the final touch needed to put them into the lead.
The second half started off with both teams playing fast paced football, attempting to catch each other on the counterattack. Vipers had a great opportunity to score in the 52nd minute as a classy diagonal through ball played by Cosmidis made its way through two Adelaide University defenders landing perfectly at the feet of Candeloro who did not trouble the safe hands of Migliaccio in goals.
Adelaide University made the first breakthrough of the match in the 60th minute as Sam Bowman was able to get a foot on a well delivered freekick cross from Gretchko which landed in front of the Vipers keeper in the 6 yard box putting Adelaide University 1-0 up.
However, Adelaide University’s lead did not last long. In the 64th minute a spectacular curling effort from Kamugisha was placed in the bottom corner of the Adelaide University net, putting Viper’s level in the contest and erupting a loud reaction from the Vipers faithful as their team finally found a way past the Adelaide University keeper.
Kamugisha came close to doubling Viper’s lead in the 70th minute as a dazzling run at the edge of the box where he beat two Adelaide University players allowed him to curl a shot similar to his first goal into the bottom corner. However, the Adelaide University keeper Migliaccio made an impressive save to again keep his side level.
The game heated up as it reached its climax of 90 minutes as tackles were flying in from both teams, as multiple yellow cards were shown. Both teams were desperate to keep themselves in the game and were attempting anything to not go behind.
At end of regular time, the game finished 1-1 meaning they needed an extra 30 minutes to try and separate the close encounter.
Extra-time saw both teams start off slow, as the fatigue of both teams started to show as multiple players began stop drop with injuries. The best opportunity came in the 103rd minute as a long-range free kick from Adelaide University flew everyone’s head, bouncing just in front of Viper’s keeper Calabria forcing him to pull-off a fingertip save.
The game had to enter penalty shootouts as neither team could find a way to better their opposition at the end of 120 minutes.
The hero of the penalty shootout was Fabio Migliaccio of Adelaide University as his heroics gained his side the victory, which was topped off as he was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’. However, praises must go to the Adelaide University penalty takers each converting their spot kicks ensuring their 5-3 penalty win. This win has topped off a great season for their club who have gained their first promotion into State League One. Congratulations to the club and coach Michael Matricciani for all their success this year.
Adelaide University SC: 1(Sam BOWMAN 61')
Vipers FC: 1(Ramadhan KAMUGISHA 64')
After Extra Time Score: 1 - 1
Penalty Shoot Out Score: 5 - 3
Venue: Valo Football Centre
Date: 20/10/2021 07:30
Adelaide University SC Substitutes: Owen WHITEHOUSE on Nicholas MENECHELLA off(70'), Kristian ZEFI on Kirill GRETCHKO off(70'), Steven SAVINO on Harley GILES-STUBNA off(111'), oliver TOTANI on Owen WHITEHOUSE off(120+1')
Vipers FC Substitutes: Gergis IBRAHIM on Lucas CANDELORO off(74'), Alexi GEORGAKOPOULOS on Diego GARCIA off(87'), Owen SKANES on John PAPAPETROS off(98'), Adam BAHATI on Dion KARAGIANNIS off(119')
Adelaide University SC Yellow cards: Kristian ZEFI 71', Marcus FRANCESCA 97', Nathan NIUTTA 97'
Vipers FC Yellow cards: Lucas CANDELORO 72', Joaquin TORRES 117'
Adelaide University SC Red cards: Nil
Vipers FC Red cards: Nil