Ben Halloran did the damage on the 118th minute for Kurz's side after a tense, enduring match threatened penalties in front of a packed Hindmarsh Stadium.

Ultimately it was a just reward for Kurz, who after taking out the FFA Cup at the beginning of the season led an under-funded United side to an unlikely top-four berth.

The resulting home final paid dividends, and Adelaide now have a shot at making history next week against Perth Glory.

Of course, while the tributes poured in for Kurz, not everyone was excited...

 Although exactly what determines a positive, especially for Melbourne City fans, remains subjective.