Canberra United and Adelaide United have played out a thrilling 2-all draw at McKellar Park this evening.

Doubles from Ashleigh Sykes and Sofia Huerta ensured the sides would finish with a point apiece in a match littered with excitement and controversy.

Canberra will feel hard done by after dominating the majority of the match as well as having two goals rubbed out for offside.

Coming off their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Sydney FC, the home side came out as you would expect with an attacking intensity.

They were to be denied several times by the lineman’s flag however with Sykes’ headed finish being the most profile casualty.

Canberra refused to let the decisions affect them however and they were finally rewarded for their dominance 20 minutes in thanks to their temporary skipper.

It was Grace Maher, however, who deserves the credit after a clever run and cross from the United junior drifted right into Sykes’ path.

Adelaide lost Isabella Scalzi immediately after with a nasty knock with Emliy Hodgson taking her place.

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The visitors rarely troubled Trudy Burke in goal as striker Adriana Jones found herself in short supply of support when venturing forward.

Knowing his team needed a jolt from somewhere, Adelaide coach Huss Skenderovic threw Ally Ladas into the game at the break.

The match continued in much the same vain however with Canberra looking for the killer blow but unable to find it.

Star signing Lisa De Vanna came on 10 minutes into the second half and immediately asked questions of Adelaide’s back four.

The match was turned on its head with 25 minutes to go when former Reds defender Jenna McCormick was judged to have fouled Adelaide’s Huerta inside the box.

The Lady Reds striker made no mistake from the spot and Adelaide were suddenly back in the game.

Canberra, understandably frustrated, threw the kitchen sink at the visitor’s defence in an attempt to restore their superiority.

After a succession of chances they thought they had found it after Jasmyne Spencer’s deflected header found Boureille who finished.

But once again an offside call was waiting for the home side, much to the wrath of the crowd.

Good things come to those who wait however and Sykes soon had her double, launching an audacious attempt that eluded Willacy but not the net.

In typical Hollywood fashion, there was one last surprise in store and the Reds only had to wait two minutes to cash in as Huerta’s determined run was finished with a strong strike past Burke.

A fantastic game for the neutral, gifting Canberra a solid return after their last outing and Adelaide another strong draw against a top four side.

 

Canberra United 2 (Sykes 20’ 79’)
Adelaide United 2 (Huerta 65’ 81’)

Venue: McKellar Park
Crowd: 1017

Referee: Casey Reibelt
Assistant Referees: Nia Southwell and Lauren Hargrave
Fourth Official: Luke Withell

Canberra United: 1. BURKE Trudy (GK), 2. KINGA Yukari, 5. MCCORMICK Jenna, 8. RASO Hayley, 9. SPENCER Jasmyne (19. FLANNERY Nickoletta 80’), 10. MAHER Grace (32. DE VANNA Lisa 54’), 12. BREWER Hannah, 13. BOUREILLE Celeste, 14. SYKES Ashleigh (C), 15. CHECKER Emma, 22. OCHS Stephanie (18. HOGG Kahlia 87’)
Substitues: 19. FLANNERY Nickoletta, 20. BORIC Georgia (GK), 18. HOGG Kahlia, 32. DE VANNA Lisa

Adelaide United: 20. WILACY Sarah (GK), 7. RIGON Stella (C) (6. LADAS Ally 45’) 10. QUIGLEY Racheal, 11. HUERTA Sofia, 12. JONES Adriana (13. ADAMOPOULOS 71’), 14. ABBEY Grace, 15. CAMPAGNALE Georgia, 18. SCALZI Isabella (4. HODGSON Emily 22’), 24. COLAPRICO Danielle, 25. NAUGHTON Kathleen, 30. CHIDIAC Alexandra
Substitutes: 4. HODGSON Emily, 6. LADAS Ally, 13. ADAMOPOULOS Lucy, 21. JENKINS Claudia

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