A-League: Adelaide United start season on good note

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Revered Adelaide United figure Carl Veart, is determined to restore a Reds’ culture that originated with the birth of the club 20 years ago.

Veart, United’s current coach who etched his name in history by netting the club’s inaugural goal during a 1-0 NSL victory over the Brisbane Strikers at a packed Hindmarsh Stadium on October 17, 2003, celebrated the anniversary in style on Friday night with the Reds’ season-opening 3-0 home win over reigning A-League champions Central Coast.

Emphasising a strong ethos and the development of young talent as essential elements of his strategic plan, Veart expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance against the Mariners.

The win cane after Veart game preparations included having his team watch a recently released documentary that showcased the best moments of the Reds over the past 20 years.

“Some of the younger players were genuinely surprised by what the early days were like,” Veart said.

“I believe the documentary was a terrific way to illustrate how far we’ve come.

“We frequently discuss the club’s culture, particularly since my return, with the aim of restoring it to its origins.”

Veart also praised teenage sensation Nestory Irankunda’s starting debut in the A-League as he worked on refining a new game plan in the absence of departed Socceroos star Craig Goodwin, who now plays for Saudi Arabian club Al-Wehda.

“When ‘Goody’ was here, we relied on him to be the go-to player, the one who would do everything we needed,’’ the Adelaide coach said.

“Now that he’s gone, other players needed to step up.

“Ben Halloran stepped up, scoring the first goal, and you know what we can expect from Nestory.

“Give him time to develop because you saw glimpses of his potential. He looks dangerous every time he gets on the ball.

“Yes, I’d still love to have Craig here, but we have to explore other solutions, and we’ve put in significant effort to find those solutions.”

Halloran found the back of the net in the 38th minute, Zach Clough added to the score line with a penalty, while defender Nick Ansell secured the victory 10 minutes before the final whistle.

“It’s always crucial to begin the season with three points, if possible,” Veart said.

“This is the first time we’ve kicked off a season at home since I’ve been a coach.

“The performance was outstanding. The first 10 or 15 minutes were a bit tense, but after that, I thought we were excellent.”

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