Djite swamped in congratulations after semi-final heroics

Socceroos’ defender Trent Sainsbury led the congratulations for two-goal hero Bruce Djite by declaring that everyone who was raving about Bruno Fornaroli will now be talking about the "big bad" Adelaide United striker.

Djite celebrates

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Fornaroli, the record-breaking Melbourne City striker who scored 23 goals in the regular season and another two in an elimination semi-final, could not come up with the goods as Adelaide knocked City out of the final series with a 4-1 victory in Friday night's semi-final at Coopers Stadium.

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It was the second Adelaide-City clash in a row in which the outstanding Adelaide defence kept Fornaroli at bay, whereas Djite was able to maintain his scintillating form.

The 29 year-old was locked in a goal-scoring drought midway through the season but in round 16 he started to turn his fortunes around and began finding the net regularly.

His double on Friday night, one a curling shot from outside the box that gave City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen no chance and the second a perfect penalty conversion, took his season’s tally to 11.

Former Central Coast Mariners star Sainsbury, now playing in China, tweeted that Djite's performance reminded people that he was "top dog at the moment".

The A-League's all-time leading goal-scorer, Archie Thompson, got in on the action as well.

Socceroos’ James Troisi, who was born in Adelaide, and former Socceroos' defender Rob Cornthwaite, who played for Adelaide United, were also quick to congratulate Djite and the Reds on their achievement.

Adelaide began the season poorly and after four rounds they had two losses and two draws. At that stage, Djite tweeted a promise that United would "turn it around".

The Reds went winless for another four rounds but in round nine they turned their season around and skyrocketed from last place on the ladder to first. They have lost only one game since.

Djite since tweeted on April 12:

Djite recently told The World Game that the people who would be enjoying Adelaide's turnaround the most would be those fans who stuck solid through the early rounds.

"Maybe It was harder early in the season to convince people we were on the right track and knew what we were doing," Djite said.

"But the people who have been along for the ride through the good times and the bad will enjoy it the most at the moment.

"They enjoy the good times more than the others who jump on and off, because they're not there for the bad times so they don't understand the added benefit of the good times."

Those fans will be loving every minute as they prepare for a Grand Final against the winners of Sunday's semi-final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium.


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Published 23 April 2016 at 12:36pm
By Greg Prichard