Adelaide United outclassed Wellington Phoenix 3-1 at Coopers Stadium on Friday, to rise to fourth on the A-league ladder, one point clear of Melbourne Victory.
The Good Friday day game drew the largest crowd so far this season, 11,730 fans there for the Reds’ final home match of the campaign in which they dominated for large parts of the 90 minutes.
With eight goals in two matches leading into the final two rounds, defender Ben Garuccio believes the Reds are ready to make an impact on the post-season.
“We’ve already played in the FFA Cup Final. That holds us in good stead for what’s to come,” Garuccio told Fox Sports.
“[Kurz has] just filled us with confidence every week and really taken the pressure off us.
“It’s easy when you’re out there. We’re playing free and scoring goals which is important.”
Johan Absalonsen opened the scoring for Adelaide in the 42nd minute, before Garuccio scored their 2nd in the 61st minute.
After exchanging passes with Adlung, he thumped a thunderous finish from a narrow angle across Sail and into the top corner, to finally put a stop to some of his team mates banter.
“I was buzzing. It’s something I cop a lot of stick for around the club,” the 22-year-old said.
“My family, my friends, everyone says ‘we like you scoring goals’, so it was nice to get on the scoresheet.
“I think there was probably a couple of boys lining up in the box that I could have cut it to, but I just put my head down and hit it and it came off well.”
Young midfielder Nathan Konstandopoulos scored 2 minutes after Garuccio, scoring from a rebound, before the visitors managed to pull one back through Logan Rogerson who scored a consolation goal in the 84th minute.