Sergio Cirio’s match-winning goal – his sixth of the FFA Cup competition – sealed Adelaide United’s first silverware and won the Spaniard the Mark Viduka Medal for best on field in Tuesday night’s FFA Cup Final.
The winger’s 67th minute strike proved the decisive moment of a tense match, when he was fed a delightful through ball by Marcelo Carrusca and rounded the advancing Danny Vukovic before slotting home from a tight angle.
Cirio said it was the most important goal of his career.
“It’s important because I score… but this award is for the whole team, everybody had a good game,” he said.
“I’m very happy because we got it in front of our supporters.”
The 29-year-old fan favourite was a popular choice for the inaugural award.
Cirio was one of coach Josep Gombau’s first signings when he took over in 2013, and is synonymous with Adelaide’s intricate passing play that makes them easy on the eye.
He threatened as early as the fourth minute when a strong run down the left ended with a dangerous square ball which Awer Mabil somehow managed to miss at the back post.
He was a threat throughout with his close control and mazy runs causing the Glory defence headaches all night.
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