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Australian Football: Reds leave it late to snatch win

Adelaide United left it late to come from behind and take all three points in a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

The Reds are all of a sudden targeting the A-League minor premiership and they have to be viewed as contenders after picking up another big three points.

Great team spirit

Boss Carl Veart was delighted with the team spirit his side showed after recovering from going a goal behind in the first half to fight back in the second.

Hiroshi Ibusuki scored in the 52nd minute to cancel out Beni N'Kolo's 35th-minute goal, before 16-year-old striker Nestory Irankunda scored the winner in the second minute of added on time.

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Veart says a couple of late changes helped his side find some extra spark and he was delighted with the way they fought until the very end to get the points.

"That's their spirit isn't it?" Veart told reporters after the game. "We made a couple of changes at the end, bringing Nestor on who has that X factor, a little bit of speed with Mo (Toure) as well, but 15, 20 minutes, that's all they could play.

"The players have a great bond between themselves and their attitude and winning mentality is second to none and we saw that tonight again."

Tough week

The win was even more special for Veart as his players had a tough build up to the game and looked lethargic in the first 45 minutes.

"It was difficult for them tonight; we were a little bit flat at the beginning," he added.

"It was a difficult week for the players. We came off a three-game week and they all had to have their boosters this week so they were very flat."

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