Besart Berisha and Dylan McGowan both scored goals for their new clubs as Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United enjoyed big wins in pre-season friendly action on Tuesday night.
While the nation was gripped by Westfield FFA Cup fever, both Victory and Adelaide were involved in crucial hit-outs as they prepare for the new club season and their own Cup journeys.
At John Ilhan Memorial Reserve, the Victory scored three second half goals to run away with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over NPL side Hume City.
After going behind on the half hour, marquee-man Berisha hit back before the break after great lead-up play by Connor Pain.
It was all Victory in the second half with further goals to Gui Finkler, trialist George Howard and Archie Thompson in a seven-minute period completing the rout.
It was the same scoreline at Adelaide Shores Football Centre as the Reds warmed up for next week’s FFA Cup clash against Wellington with a strong display.
Coach Josep Gombau gave a youthful squad a hit-out against Adelaide Comets and they didn’t disappoint, dictating the pace of the game from the outset.
Youth-team player Bruce Kamau sent the Reds on their way on 16-minutes while a brace from new recruit McGowan either side of the break set up the win.
Anthony Costa also got on the scoresheet 10 minutes from time.
There is more action tonight for Hyundai A-League clubs with Western Sydney taking on Canberra Football Club at Deakin Stadium. Kick-off is at 7pm.
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