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Australian Football: Reds secure home final

Adelaide United have secured a home final against Central Coast Mariners after beating Western United 2-1 on Sunday.

The Reds are priced at 10/1 to go on and win the grand final and are in great form after picking up their fifth win in a row against John Aloisi’s men.

Reds fight back to win

It was Western United who took the lead on six minutes at Coopers Stadium thanks to a goal from Dylan Wenzel Halls, but the Reds came fighting back.

Javi Lopez grabbed the equaliser on 16 minutes before Ryan Kitto scored the winner in the 51st minute. Much to the delight of Reds boss Carl Veart.

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"They stuck at it and that's five wins in a row," said Veart after his team locked in fourth spot on the A-League Men ladder.
"Western are a good side and they really challenged us tonight so it made it very difficult for us.

"Full credit to the boys, they dug in because it's important to get that home final."

Fully fit squad

Adelaide have hit form at just the right time as they head in to finals, but the same can be said of their next opponent, the Mariners. Thankfully for Veart he has a fully fit squad to select from and that is a huge bonus.

"It's going to be a great game next week - I suppose us, Central Coast and Melbourne Victory are the teams that have a little bit of form at the moment going into the finals," he said.

"It's important that you go into the finals with a full squad, a fit squad and we're fortunate enough that we've got all of our players back and they're all battling for that starting position in the eleven."

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