Adelaide United have broken several A-League records as they demolished North Queensland Fury 8-1.
The result surely reflects the difficulties facing the club, as the Football Federation Australia (FFA) continues to leave the club’s status in limbo and leads to mass exodus of players from the club.
Adelaide United became the first team to score more than six goals after Melbourne Victory (twice), Wellington Phoneix and themselves had all scored six goals previously. The match also equalled the record for most goals scored in a match, with Sydney FC defeating the Central Coast Mariners 5-4 in 2007.
It was the worst of starts for North Queensland as Marcos Flores scored the first goal of the night in just the fourth minute thanks to Sergio van Dijk’s cross.
The opener did seem to wake up the Fury, and they perhaps should have equalized just moments later as David Williams missed a golden opportunity, in a sign that it would be a frustrating night for the visitors.
It was a tight match until the half-hour mark when Flores released Travis Dodd who slotted the ball neatly past Justin Pasfield to double the advantage. The roles were reversed just seven minutes later as Dodd put in an assist for Flores to effectively end the match as a contest putting the score up to 3-0.
That wasn’t all for the half though as Flores was at it again, this time releasing Dodd who shot at goal only to be denied by Pasfield, who could only parry the shot as far as Iain Ramsay who pounced on the rebound to put Adelaide 4-0 up at half time.
Adelaide kept their work up after half-time as van Dijk found himself on the scoresheet as Adelaide counter-attacked as Dodd crossed into the penalty area finding Ramsay who headed back to unmarked van Dijk easily sending his lofted header in to the back of the net.
Van Dijk added a second in the 67th minute after Flores sent in a perfect through ball for van Dijk to shoot past Pasfield with power for a 6-0 lead.
At 6-0 Adelaide decided to make some subsitutions, and the changes rocked Adelaide United slightly as Panni Nikas hit a brilliant curling shot past Eugene Galekovic to score a consolation for North Queensland.
van Dijk and Flores both managed hat-tricks late in the match, van Dijk from a Cameron Watson cut back and Flores heading home a Paul Reid free-kick for the final 8-1 score line.
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