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Kitto fires Adelaide past Gombau's Wanderers

Ryan Kitto was Adelaide United's hero for the second successive match as his brace consigned Western Sydney Wanderers to a 2-0 defeat at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

A week on from his stoppage time winner against Central Coast Mariners, 23-year-old Kitto scored either side of half-time to make Josep Gombau's return a forgettable experience.

Wanderers earlier had captain Robbie Cornthwaite sent off for a second yellow card on 20 minutes, the latter for a handball that sent Baba Diawara to the penalty spot.

Diawara was denied by the woodwork - the first of three such occurrences - but Kitto's goals ensured that miss and Ben Garuccio's own late red card wouldn't overshadow a win that eases some of the pain from the midweek Westfield FFA Cup Final loss.


  • Nikola Mileusnic's poor touch from Ben Garuccio's cross robbed him of a good chance.
  • The first half erupted when Cornthwaite was ruled to have handled the ball inside his own area and was shown a second yellow, having earlier shoulder-checked Kitto.
  • But Diawara planted the resultant spot-kick into the base of the left upright.
  • Kitto tested the other post just six minutes later from Daniel Adlung's enticing delivery.
  • An unmarked Mileusnic then inexplicably headed straight at Vedran Janjetovic from Garuccio's inswinger.
  • Kitto eventually made the breakthrough in first half stoppage time.
  • Incredibly, the woodwork was rattled for a third time when Oriol Riera rose and headed Raul Llorente's cross against the bar.
  • It was instead left to Kitto to double the Reds' advantage just after the hour with his second of the game and fourth of the campaign.
  • With fewer than 15 minutes to play, Adelaide's second straight victory was soured somewhat by Garuccio's sending off for a high boot on Roly Bonevacia.
Ryan Kitto
Ryan Kitto improved his tally to four goals in eight appearances.


Kitto, Adelaide United 45'+1: 1-0

Matmour's cross from the right was nodded on by Mileusnic to the far post, where Kitto stabbed beyond Janjetovic.

Kitto, Adelaide United 63': 2-0

Mileusnic was first to Paul Izzo's seemingly harmless clearance from the back. The speedster held his nerve, turned away from Janjetovic and put the ball on a plate for Kitto to poke past the retreating defenders. 

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Sydney FC 27 16 4 7 52
Melbourne Victory 27 15 5 7 50
Adelaide United 27 12 8 7 44
Melbourne City FC 27 11 7 9 40
Wellington Phoenix 27 11 7 9 40
Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 6 6 15 24
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Central Coast Mariners 27 3 4 20 13