Adelaide players after their loss at an almost empty Coopers Stadium.
Adelaide players after their loss at an almost empty Coopers Stadium.

Adelaide Utd draws lowest ever crowd for ACL clash

HAVE Adelaide United fans have thrown in the towel?

After Adelaide and Jeju United played a cracking AFC Champions League contest at Hindmarsh only the true Reds believers were inside the stadium.

The flow on effect from the paltry 3539 crowd that turned up should have the Reds head office very concerned.

Adelaide's second worst crowd of 5112 happened just three weeks ago when Gamba Osaka was in town.

Now the new record low crowd is tearing at the very heart and soul of the Reds after the side put on a show which suggests they have had enough of suffering this season.

Sergio Cirio scored his first goal in 404 days, Jeju's Marcelo Toscano scored one of the best goals you'll ever see this year and Reds striker Baba netted one in a vivacious 3-3 draw.

Too many fans turned their backs and failed to see a new personality of a desperate Reds.

But to those who at the end of the NSL era pointed fingers at Adelaide City and West Adelaide failing to attract crowds of more than 4000 before United was breaking NSL capacity records at Hindmarsh in 2003/04, Groundhog Day is closing in fast.

Less than a year ago attracted more than 50,000 fans to the grand final at Adelaide Oval.

Where are they now?

They should have been there last night to enjoy a great match.

Fans unfurling a huge banner in the eastern stand before kick-off which read "Where's our magic, Marcelo?" which obviously points to Carrusca missing from the Champions League squad is a sure sign of discontent on many fronts.

Carrusca's axing is one example and the predicament of skipper Eugene Galekovic who is upset and is set to leave at the end of the season may have taken its toll on fans' patience.

With Carrusca also looking at other A-League options next season, are fans now numb?

At the other end of the spectrum new Socceroo Riley McGree was on show and he is the hottest soccer property in Australia at the moment.

Given his rapid rise he may not in the country much longer before he heads to Europe.

McGree again proved he is special but not so many fans saw the kid from Gawler live in the flesh.

But Adelaide deserved a coliseum last night the Reds worked hard to tame the slick Jeju United hitting the South Koreans on counter attacks whenever it could.

And while the contrasting styles saw Adelaide leave many holes in between each line Jeju moved in unison like a choreographed ensemble.

The speed of the South Korean's ball delivery was at another level, transition was sharp and passing was super slick as United tried its best to stay in the game by scraping for possession.

Adelaide's players last night wound back the clock with its super performance.

But the club must heed warning signs that fans are dejected.

They have had enough.