Victory feel the Strain in Adelaide

Ryan Strain scored one goal and set up the other as Adelaide United came from behind to beat Melbourne Victory 2-1 at Coopers Stadium.

The Reds picked up a morale-boosting win in their final pre-season friendly against the defending A-League champions, with all the goals coming in the second half.

Kevin Muscat's side took the lead on 67 minutes, just after they had been denied by the crossbar.

Terry Antonis rattled the bar with a long-range strike and when the rebound fell to Corey Brown his cross ricocheted off a United defender past keeper Isaac Richards.

Adelaide drew level five minutes later courtesy of a superb curling effort from Strain. He beat a defender on the edge of the area after being played in by Scott Galloway, and his shot gave keeper Lawrence Thomas no chance.

Strain then turned provider for the winner six minutes from time.

Winger Carlo Armiento dribbled forward and found the 21-year-old, who chipped a ball through for George Blackwood to control and fire home.

Armiento had impressed in the first half with two defence efforts, while Isaias played a big part in keeping Victory's James Troisi and Keisuke Honda under wraps.

Marco Kurz's side hadn't won any of their three previous friendlies, all against A-League rivals.

They have been helped in their build-up to the season by success in the FFA Cup, though, having come through four rounds to make it to the final against holders Sydney FC on 30th October.

The Reds, 14/1 to win the Grand Final this season, will face the Sky Blues twice this month, as they host them in next Friday's opening round of the league campaign.

United are 11/5 to win their first game of the league season against Sydney FC, who are 6/5 with the draw 12/5.

View all Soccer betting