Die-hard Roar fans know, to their disappointment, that winning teams get the refereeing breaks. So it is with Gold Coast. To no fault of theirs, two clear hand balls ignored, one a penalty, and Adelaide conceded a point-blank hand ball free kick. Six yellow cards on the game - 3 each.
The HAL live scoreboard shows 79% possession to Adelaide. But no one believes that. Adelaide did have most of the ball in the second half but could not get even loose balls into the net. Korean Inseob Shin (17 mins) looks the goods. Lloyd Owusu (31 mins) less so. But good teams can make you look worse than you are.