Best moments of FFA Cup 2019: Adelaide go back-to-back
The sounds and sights of a full house at Coopers Stadium roaring into life as Adelaide United smacked four goals past Melbourne City on their way to lifting the FFA Cup 2019 was a fitting climax to a memorable tournament.
The Reds lost to City just days earlier in Round 2 of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season, but they were not to be outdone when Erick Mombaerts’ side travelled to Coopers Stadium for the FFA Cup Final.
Jamie Maclaren wasted a gilt-edged chance to put City ahead early and it proved a costly blunder as the Reds went on to score four unanswered goals to romp to their second FFA Cup title in as many seasons.
Al Hassan Toure scored the opener for the Reds with an opportunistic slider from a very tight angle, catching Dean Bouzanis off guard in the City goal.
Adelaide took a slender advantage into half time but exploded in the second stanza when Ben Halloran scored a second for the hosts, with much of the plaudits going to Toure’s ingenious pass to Riley McGree to set up the goal.
Toure burst into tears moments after the goal in a raw outpouring of emotion which both he and the Adelaide fans are unlikely to ever forget.
Nikola Mileusnic and McGree compiled City’s misery with two more goals later in the half to send the near 15,000-strong crowd into an absolute frenzy.
Toure earned the Mark Viduka Medal for his best on ground performance in what was an undeniably special night at Coopers Stadium for the Adelaide players, coaches and the bumper crowd in the house to watch it all unfold.