US recruit Makenzy Doniak has marked her first Adelaide United match with a memorable hat-trick, earning the hosts a dazzling 3-1 victory over the previously perfect Perth Glory.

With superstar Sam Kerr sidelined with a quad injury – and perhaps an eye towards upcoming Matildas’ fixtures – the scene was set for someone else to step up and take centre-stage.

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The on-loan American certainly did not hold back, jetting the Reds off to a flier in the 4th minute after a smart exchange of passes with Adriana Jones.

The pacey duo combined again for the second goal, with Jones flicking the ball on for Doniak to latch onto and finish past a scrambling Melissa Maizels in the 29th minute.

Perth halved the deficit shortly after the break when United captain Emma Checker suffered an unfortunate slice of bad luck, scything the ball off of her shin past Eliza Campbell from a relatively tame cross.

Adelaide withstood Perth’s barrage of pressure that admittedly lacked that Kerr sparkle and then iced the match when Doniak superbly buried her third in the 74th minute.

The North Carolina Courage striker turned her opponent under an Emily Hodgson cross, before tracking back to finish from the edge of the box with aplomb.

 

United coach Ivan Karlovic was ecstatic about the result after last week’s heartbreak against Western Sydney in the final seconds.

“We’re delighted,” he said most-match.

“We backed ourselves, we knew we had the quality to get a result today, the girls followed through and we deservedly got the result.

“[The girls] have been fantastic all week and haven’t dropped their heads at all. This has been our first week on the training track as a group, which has been pleasing.”

Karlovic of course especially lauded Doniak. The forward now has four goals from two matches with her clinical finishing ability blossoming underneath the new spotlight.

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“Strikers are there to have their percentage in terms of shots on goal and goals scored at a high ratio and she proved that tonight.

“Makenzy has gelled really well. Obviously it helps that she knows Danny Colaprico and some of the other girls.

“She a quiet person but she’s fitted in near seamlessly and has been training really well.”

With Matildas player Alex Chidiac having returned from international duty, the Reds will be near full strength and full of confidence as they travel to take on Brisbane Roar, who were thrashed by the Glory just last round.

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