Adelaide has finished off their disheartening season at home with a convincing 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory on Friday night.
The original rivals met again for the second time in the season, however, it was a complete turn-around compared to two months ago, when Victory completely devastated Adelaide.
There were no finals chances to fight for, but pride was on the line for both teams as they tried to nab three points and cap off their 2017/18 campaigns.
Adelaide had the upper-hand for the majority of the game, bossing the ball around with high intensity and were able to penetrate through Victory’s defence plenty of times to create multiple chances.
Defensively they were sound as well, withstanding late pressure and effectively locking out the visitors during the dying minutes – something the side has been struggling with this season.
Head coach Ivan Karlovic was pleased with the result and the fight from the Adelaide players.
“I thought our hunger and intensity to win the ball during the game was exceptional,” Karlovic said.
“Our aggression was really good, and at the end, that desire and hunger to win the game in our own defensive half after we scored the second goal showed a lot of our character and will.”
A player who has often gone about their work quietly and does not get as much recognition is Georgia Campagnale.
She has solidified her position in Adelaide’s starting XI thanks to her incredible work rate and grit, and her performance this week has again proved that, as she was able to keep the likes of Annabel Martin and Lia Privitelli under control.