Reds claim Victory scalp
The Reds scored four goals and the Victory one in 32 breathtaking minutes that opened the traditional grudge match.
Victory danger man Marcos Rojas pegged a goal back in the second half but the damage had been done by the Reds’ stunning early raid before a near capacity crowd of 14,115 spectators.
Reds captain Cassio admitted to taking great pride in the result.
“It’s always good games against Melbourne, it’s always a special feeling,” he told Grandstand.
“It was brilliant. The players did so well, we put everything on the park and I think we deserved the win.”
Reds star Dario Vidosic crashed into his former team-mate and now Victory linchpin Marcos Flores in an opening-second ripple, which created a punishing physical undercurrent to the contest.
Within two minutes, emerging Reds attacker Evan Kostopoulos scored after his team-mate Fabio Ferreira appeared to lose the ball over the touchline before passing.
By five minutes the Victory’s Andrew Nabbout had netted a reply when superbly played into scoring position by a Rojas dash along the right side.
The Reds went 2-1 up in the 21st minute when Ferreira scored, benefiting from a precocious volley from Marcelo Carrusca – the gifted Argentine was air-borne when he deftly used the outside of a boot to gift Ferreira the chance.
Just four minutes later, Carrusca himself scored with a sweet, curling left-footer.
And Carrusca provided another goal in the 32nd minute, the boom recruit delivering a pin-point free kick which Kostopoulos’ headed into the net just metres from goal.
By half-time, there were five goals, six yellow cards and 16 fouls in a tempered affair in searing mid-30 degrees heat, which prompted a drinks breaks midway through the half.
And Rojas continued the hot theme just two minutes into the second half when he turned a defender inside the box and calmly netted his sixth goal for the season.
The Reds (22 points) lead the ladder courtesy of the win, though Central Coast (20 points) can return to the top with a triumph against Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.
Adelaide United: 4 (Kostopoulos 2″, 32″; Ferreira 21″; M Carrusca 25″)
Melbourne Victory: 2 (Nabbout 5″; Rojas 46″)