Adelaide United have started their pre-season off on a promising note, with a comfortable 5-0 win over White City, much to the delight of their new German coach Marco Kurz.
The match at Marden Sports Complex on Wednesday night was mainly a one sided display against the State League 1 side, something that impressed the new manager who only took over the A-League side last month.
Star recruits Ersan Gulum, Senegalese striker Baba Diawara and Johan Absalonsen were missing, the former two having only just arrived on Sunday before undergoing medicals on Monday ahead of their first afternoon training session at Elizabeth.
Kurz has introduced a new twice-a-day training regime for three days a week during pre-season, which looks to be paying off after the team appeared stronger and fitter during this match compared to last seasons opening friendly.
Former Warriors attacker Nikola Mileusnic scored first for Adelaide after slotting the ball past gloveman Samuel Lennon in the 11th minute. George Blackwood doubled the lead, before Jordan Elsey made it 3-0 nine minutes before the first half was up from an Isaias set-piece.
Reds NPL player Paul Wilson headed Adelaide’s fourth goal from a Ryan Kitto corner in the 76th minute, followed by Marc Marino, also on trial for another Reds contract, who made it 5-0 with a clinical finish from close range in the 86th minute.
“I think it was a good test today,” Kurz said after the match.
“It’s important that we have tests against opposition teams.
“I think 5-0 is an okay result… The first 15 minutes we built up and we created chances.
“But I think we had eight or nine minutes where we lost the ball too often and the distance between the lines got bigger and bigger and the opposing team had two chances.
“It’s too much, but I think after 30 minutes we had control of the game and it was good.
“In the second-half we changed a lot of players and a lot of young players came in and did a good job.”