Adelaide United will take part in their third consecutive FFA Cup Final, following a 2-1 come from behind win over the Central Coast Mariners.

Jack Clisby struck first for the Mariners, however a red card to Matt Simon sparked Adelaide to life and helped them overcome the deficit, with George Blackwood and Riley McGree finding the back of the net.

United will face Melbourne City in the final in Adelaide, with the hosting rights determined by a draw at the conclusion of last night’s match.

Melbourne City defeated Brisbane Strikers 5-1 on Tuesday night, also coming back from a 1-0 deficit. The 2016 FFA Cup winners fired 30 shots on goal, including 14 on target, which highlighted their attacking firepower.

Nevertheless, City will have a harder task when they play Adelaide in the final, who have had a strong pre-season and look to be one of the contenders for the A-League Championship this season.

The final will be City’s second – their one and only appearance came in 2016, when they defeated Sydney FC 1-0.

On the other hand, this will be Adelaide’s fourth – they won in 2014 and 2018 and lost in 2017.

Melbourne City will host Adelaide United in their second A-League match of the season on 20 October, with the final taking place only a couple of days later.

This encounter would act as a dress rehearsal for the final, which is expected to be entertaining on the field in front of an electric atmosphere.


Tim Sperliotis