Reds trialist nets in friendly

Published on: 17 July 2019

Trialist Roland Alberg was on target for Adelaide United as they started their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 win over NPL side MetroStars.

Alberg, who spent last season in Greece with Panionios, opened the scoring for the Reds at Taperoo Reserve in what was coach Gertjan Verbeek's first game in charge.

George Blackwood and Kusini Yengi netted the other goals for United after the break.

Verbeek named a strong starting line-up which featured Alberg in attack and the former Netherlands U20 international broke the deadlock just after the half-hour mark.

Nikola Mileusnić played him in and he toe-poked his effort past the keeper.

Adelaide almost doubled their advantage just before the break when Riley McGree set up Mirko Boland whose chip was smothered.

The Reds swapped their entire starting team at the break with Yengi one of a crop of youth team players to be introduced.

MetroStars equalised with a set-piece, which was headed home by defender Lachlan Barr.

But Verbeek's side were soon back in front after Blackwood won a penalty when he was brought down in the box.

Blackood, one of three attacking players in the team for the second half alongside Carlo Armiento and Pacifique Niyongabire, fired home from the spot before limping off with an apparent injury.

Yengi then made it 3-1 three minutes from time when he rifled his near-post drive in off the underside of the crossbar.

Adelaide face losing key winger Craig Goodwin to Saudi Pro League side Al-Wehda before the start of the A-League season.

Al-Wehda are understood to have offered $450,000 to trigger the buyout clause in Goodwin's three-year contract.

Adelaide United are 12/1 to win the A-League Grand Final.

The Reds are 9/1 to win the FFA Cup.

View all Soccer betting

Trialist Roland Alberg was on target for Adelaide United as they started their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 win over NPL side MetroStars.

Alberg, who spent last season in Greece with Panionios, opened the scoring for the Reds at Taperoo Reserve in what was coach Gertjan Verbeek's first game in charge.

George Blackwood and Kusini Yengi netted the other goals for United after the break.

Verbeek named a strong starting line-up which featured Alberg in attack and the former Netherlands U20 international broke the deadlock just after the half-hour mark.

Nikola Mileusnić played him in and he toe-poked his effort past the keeper.

Adelaide almost doubled their advantage just before the break when Riley McGree set up Mirko Boland whose chip was smothered.

The Reds swapped their entire starting team at the break with Yengi one of a crop of youth team players to be introduced.

MetroStars equalised with a set-piece, which was headed home by defender Lachlan Barr.

But Verbeek's side were soon back in front after Blackwood won a penalty when he was brought down in the box.

Blackood, one of three attacking players in the team for the second half alongside Carlo Armiento and Pacifique Niyongabire, fired home from the spot before limping off with an apparent injury.

Yengi then made it 3-1 three minutes from time when he rifled his near-post drive in off the underside of the crossbar.

Adelaide face losing key winger Craig Goodwin to Saudi Pro League side Al-Wehda before the start of the A-League season.

Al-Wehda are understood to have offered $450,000 to trigger the buyout clause in Goodwin's three-year contract.

Adelaide United are 12/1 to win the A-League Grand Final.

The Reds are 9/1 to win the FFA Cup.

View all Soccer betting

Source: bet365.com

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