Ben Halloran - 8

Sublime comeback for Halloran, who gives Adelaide much-needed experience, pace, dynamism and just in general a whole different element in that final third. He's a natural workhorse and is so important to that front press.

His importance cannot be overstated tonight, he was absolutely essential to their second half dominance.

Riley McGree - 8.5

There wasn't a foot-wrong from any Red in that final third tonight, but McGree still managed to stand out due to those brilliant cutbacks and perfectly timed low-crosses. If you watch the A-League regularly, you know it's far from a skill we can simply assume Aussie attackers possess.

He looks like he'll make the step up under Gertjan Verbeek this season and, similarly to Chris Ikonomidis last season, turn the competition upside down with a little European distinction.

Nikola Mileusnic - 8

He's fast-becoming an Adelaide legend. And how fast. His pace is electric, it always has been, but now he's got the confidence to boot he's actually snuck up to become one of the league's most consistent attacking performers.

Al Hassan Toure - 9.5

His match ended on the 65th minute, when he burst into tears at the quality of his own performance. We definitely can't blame him.

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Lachlan Brooks - N/A

Fantastic that Verbeek brought on the young kid to get a taste of a Cup Final. Shame he barely touched the ball.

Kristian Opseth - 5

We're beginning to think he won't feature much this season with Toure fighting for that position.

We know it's not related, but watching the warm hug he gave Toure upon the kid's exit - considering he's only been here for a couple of months - maybe he'll do his best work as a mentor in the dressing room.

Nathan Konstandopoulos - 7

A great all-round performance from the substitute.