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More of the same under Amor-led Adelaide

  • More of the same under Amor-led Adelaide

Adelaide United's first match under new coach Guillermo Amor ended in a 6-1 FFA Cup win over Darwin Olympic, and the initial signs are there will be little change in direction under the former long-serving Barcelona midfielder.

Fellow A-League Sydney FC were rarely troubled in their 2-0 win over Sorrento FC despite the relatively tight scoreline, while Brisbane-based Lions FC and Sydney's Rockdale City Suns also advanced to the Round of 16 with wins over Croydon Kings and Perth SC.

Tuesday's focus centred largely on Darwin where a crowd in excess of 3000 enjoyed the Northern Territory's first-ever match in a national competition.

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On the field attention was focused on United winners of last year's inaugural edition of the FFA Cup, with the Reds now under the charge of Amor following the unexpected recent exit of former coach Josep Gombau.

Amor, unlike most of his A-League counterparts in the FFA Cup, fielded a line-up in Darwin resembling that which featured last season, with the Reds also playing a similar system to last term.

"It has been a very smooth transition and that was always the idea once we found out Josep was leaving," said Adelaide midfielder Jimmy Jeggo after the match.

"He (Amor) has his own ideas that he will add, but the basics will be the same and we will be looking to take our game up a level or two this year."

Jeggo scored two quickfire late goals in the first half to give Adelaide a 3-1 lead after Michael Tsounias had drawn the home side level just seconds after the Reds had opened the scoring.

Darwin had several opportunities in the first half to take an unlikely lead, but Adelaide ultimately ran away with the contest in the second period.

"Credit to Darwin, because I thought they were very good for long periods and they gave us a bit of a scare," said Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

In Perth, Sydney FC scored in either half via an early Shane Smeltz penalty and a cool strike in the latter stages from substitute Max Burgess.

Next Tuesday's final Round of 32 matchday sees the remaining six A-League clubs enter the fray headlined by Western Sydney Wanderers hosting Brisbane Roar in a replay of the 2014 A-League grand final.

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