Mohamed Toure nets winner as injury concerns mount for Victory

Mohamed Toure marked his first A-League start with a winner in the Original Rivalry, gifting Adelaide United a gritty 1-0 win over rivals Melbourne Victory. 

The 16-year-old Reds starlet was handed his competition starting debut by United coach Carl Veart and the decision paid dividends early in the second half when Toure escaped the clutches of Victory defender Dylan Ryan and slotted the ball past Max Crocombe for the match winner.

The Guinean-born Australian forward, who scored in Adelaide's 5-3 reverse to Perth Glory last Wednesday and became the A-League's youngest ever goalscorer in February 2020, handed Adelaide their fifth straight win over Victory at Coopers Stadium in South Australia. 

Victory did not fashion many attainable opportunities outside of a big one on one chance missed by Marco Rojas, and their night was soured by the injury departures of big-name signings Rudy Gestede and Callum McManaman.

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Key moments

Toure scampered past the Victory backline in the opening stages and tried to curl it past Crocombe but the striker's effort was easily saved.

Gestede's header hit the foot of the post and Adelaide cleared it - moments later the Victory main man, who played 51 Premier League games, was soon heading up the tunnel clutching his hamstring. 

Toure then had Adelaide fans on their feet but the youngster had found the side netting after opting to go near post after he raced away.

Ryan Strain made strong advances down the right and with little on in the middle the fullback pressed on and forced Crocombe into a strong save at the near post.

The Victory keeper also made saves from Juric and Ben Halloran in a first half dominated by the Reds. 

Although, Victory did snare an opportunity late in the opening half when Elvis Kamsoba went through but Adelaide stopper James Delianov shut down the angle well and the Victory flyer's effort was straight at the Reds gloveman. 

Halloran drew a fine save from Crocombe early after the forward let fly with a rasping drive from outside the box in the second half, while Robbie Kruse made his return to action from almost a year sidelined in place of the injured McManaman. 

Then Toure sealed the headlines with a sensational individual strike. 

The teenage striker made a diagonal run to get Strain's pass, bumped Ryan off the ball before entering the box and curling the opener beyond Crocombe. 

Victory struggled to get meaningful territory in the Adelaide half. Indeed, their best chance came when Javi Lopez inadvertently played Rojas through one on one with Reds keeper Delianov, but Rojas took a heavy touch and the chance was extinguished. 

At the other end, Juric outmuscled Ryan and teased Ryan Shotton but as the Socceroo moved toward goal he opted to shoot into the side netting instead of hit the ball across goal where substitute Kusini Yengi was unmarked.

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