Al Hassan Toure inspires Adelaide United to rout of Melbourne City in FFA Cup final
Al Hassan Toure was the star as Adelaide United cruised to a 4-0 rout of Melbourne City to win the FFA Cup.
The teenager scored the first goal and helped set-up the second in Wednesday night's cup final at Adelaide's Coopers Stadium. Ben Halloran, Nikola Mileusnic and Riley McGree also scored as Adelaide captured consecutive cups -- and a third title in just the sixth edition of the tournament.
Toure, a Guinea-born forward who migrated to Australia as a five-year-old with his parents, was the game-breaker. The 19-year-old produced two moments of magic before receiving a standing ovation from the 14,920-strong crowd when substituted 20 minutes from time.
Toure, who only made his senior debut for Adelaide in August, netted his fifth goal of the cup campaign -- he also scored on his A-League debut 12 days ago -- when pouncing on an insightful lifted through ball from teammate Ryan Strain in the 25th minute.
Strain, a metre inside his own half, played the forward into space and Toure instinctively hit a right-footed shot from a tight angle which surprised City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis, who was anticipating a cross but was beaten at his near post.
The goal turned the tide of the final, which until then had been flowing City's way. The visitors had quickly settled and, just seven minutes in, red-hot striker Jamie Maclaren missed the mark with a close-range header. Maclaren and his lively teammate Lachlan Wales had further shots before Toure triggered Adelaide's scoring landslide.
Toure was instrumental in Halloran's 49th minute goal. After winning a show of strength with imposing City defender Harrison Delbridge just inside halfway, he produced a visionary pass which played McGree into space.
McGree charged towards goal and, with a deft cut-back, found Halloran who had no trouble beating Bouzanis from seven metres.
McGree and Halloran also featured in Adelaide's third goal in the 60th minute. The former passed wide to the latter, who aimed a low cross into the danger zone which slid past a pack including Bouzanis and Mileusnic tapped-in at the back post.
Just 15 minutes later, McGree swivelled and scored with a left-footer from 10m out to tip Adelaide's celebrations into overdrive.