W-League | City and Reds begin 2017 in a stalemate

Melbourne City are winless in their past four while Adelaide United are still yet to win a game this W-League season after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at C.B. Smith Reserve last night.

Jessica Fishlock opened the scoring for the home side through a stunning free kick before Racheal Quigley equalised for the Reds in the second half thanks to a pinpoint cross from Sofia Huerta.

The early stages of the game were scrappy as both teams struggled to keep possession.

The first shot on target came in the 16th minute. City’s Jacynta Galabadaarachchi cut inside onto her right foot and sent her powerful strike towards the top right corner, but Adelaide keeper Eliza Campbell got a glove to see it over the crossbar.

Both sides had a number of opportunities to hit the scoreboard in the first half and City came close in the 17th minute when captain Stephanie Catley sent in a brilliant set piece that was nearly headed in for an own goal by Danielle Colaprico.

Minutes later City went 1-0 up inside the 26th minute through Fiishlock’s free kick courtesy of a Galabadaarachchi assist.

Adelaide had two golden opportunities via Kathleen Naughton and Huerta and were incredibly unlucky not to equalise as both their efforts were sensationally foiled in the 34th minute by City keeper Lydia Williams.

Galabadaarachchi was certainly the talking point at halftime. After being the shining light in in their 3-2 loss to Perth Glory, the 15-year-old starred again for City, being involved in a number of plays that put the home side into threatening positions.

Galabadaarachchi even had the chance to extend City’s lead to two just prior to halftime. She cleverly chipped Campbell’s outstretched gloves but the ball bounced off the post before being cleared out of harms’ way by the Reds’ defence.

When referee Kelly Jones signalled for halftime, City still had the advantage 1-0 following an entertain opening period.

The second half began in frenetic fashion with Adelaide producing the majority of chances.

The away side continued to ask questions of City’s defence and their second half dominance earned them an equaliser in the 70th minute.

Sofia Huerta produced a superb cross for Racheal Quigley, before her powerful header flew across goal and into the back of the net.

With the score deadlocked at 1-1 the last 20 minutes promised to be tightly fought.

Amy Jackson went down in the 77th minute clutching her knee. The injury initially looked serious and City were left to temporarily play with ten before she soon returned.

After a number of blocks from Adelaide’s defence, substitute Erika Tymrak fired an ambitious volley from outside the box in the 86th minute and it nearly paid off for the women in light blue. The ball rocketed past Campbell’s gloves into the left post but ricocheted across goal and out of play.

Jones’ whistle sounded at the conclusion of four minutes of stoppage time with the score line still 1-1. Both sides had equal opportunities to earn three points, but will have to settle for just the one.

The draw keeps City in fourth position while Adelaide are last.

Melbourne City 1 (Fishlock 26’)
Adelaide United 1 (Quigley 70’)

Stadium: C.B. Smith Reserve
Crowd: 674

Referee: Kelly Jones
Assistant Referees: Laura Moya and Danielle Anderson
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz

Melbourne City: 1. WILLIAMS Lydia (GK), 5. ALLEWAY Laura, 6. LUIK Aivi, 7. CATLEY Stephanie (C), 10. FISHLOCK Jessica, 13. STOTT Rebekah, 15. JACKSON Amy, 16. YANEZ Beverly, 17. TABAIN Marianna (11. TYMRAK Erika 76’), 18. GALABADAARACHCHI Jacynta (2. ALLEN Teigen 90+2’), 19. VLAJNIC Tyla Jay (9. CRUMMER Larissa 57’)

Substitutes: 20. SHIELDS Emily (GK), 2. ALLEN Teigen, 9. CRUMMER Larissa, 11. TYMRAK Erika

Adelaide Unite: 1. CAMPBELL Eliza (GK), 5. ALVES Monica Hickmann, 7. RIGON Stella (C), 10. QUIGLEY Racheal, 11. HUERTA Sofia, 12. JONES Adriana, 14. ABBEY Grace, 15. CAMPAGNALE Georgia, 24. COLAPRICO Danielle, 25. NAUGHTON Kathleen, 30. CHIDIAC Alexandra

Substitutes: 20. WILLACY Sarah (GK), 3. IANNELLA Georgia, 4. HODGSON Emily, 18. SCALZI Isabella

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