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Redlands shock A-League champs Adelaide

NZN 3/08/2016 Pete Smith

Just three months after being crowned A-League champions, Adelaide United have crashed to one of the biggest upsets in Australian club football history, with a 2-1 FFA Cup defeat against semi-professional club Redlands United.

The last time Adelaide took the field was in front of 50,000 spectators in last seasons grand final at Adelaide Oval, but they struggled for fluency on a cold and bumpy Perry Park pitch in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

It was a low-key performance from a new-look Adelaide side, who nevertheless dominated possession for lengthy periods, and seemed in total control thanks to Ryan Kittos goal on the hour mark.

However, Redlands drew level with the last kick of regular time as United's Socceroo goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic made a disastrous attempt to claim a through ball and Michael Lee pushed home into an empty net.

Joy for the home fans turned to disbelief as Paul O'Brian stabbed home the winner eight minutes into extra time.

Still Adelaide struggled to find any real cohesion in attack and they could do little to avoid being the second A-League club to be embarrassed within 24 hours, following on from Central Coast Mariners' loss against Green Gully.

FFA Cup champions Melbourne Victory kept alive their hopes of defending their title, though their 3-1 win over fellow A-League side Newcastle Jets was tempered by an injury to star striker Besart Berisha.

The prolific Albanian striker scored after just five minutes with a diving header, but soon limped off with what appeared to be a leg muscle problem.

Newcastle drew level just after the break with a sublime chipped effort from debutant Wayne Brown.

The Victory were pushed hard in miserable conditions in Newcastle, before they went ahead with a dubious second-half penalty that was converted by Oliver Bozanic, while substitute George Howard extended the lead late on.

Second-half goals saw Bonnyrigg White Eagles collect a 3-0 win over fellow Sydney side Manly United.

The final match of the night saw Canberra Olympic triumph 1-0 in the nation's capital over the visiting Surfers Paradise Apollo.

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