Canberra United cruised past last-place Adelaide with a 6-1 demolition at McKellar Park on Sunday night.

Goals for returning striker Ashleigh Sykes and Michelle Heyman were topped off with a hat-trick to Norwegian forward Elise Thornses.

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The home side were dominant from the get-go and claimed the opener after just three minutes when in-form youngster Ellie Carpenter latched onto a smart cut-back from Heyman.

Adelaide refused to sit back and applied some pressure of their own and earned an equaliser in the 10th minute after Emily Condon found Alysa Mautz with a pin-point layoff in the box.

The two sides battled for possession but both struggled to find a rhythm in the heat at McKellar Park.

Clare Hunt’s last-ditch tackle prevented Alexandra Chidiac’s goal-bound effort just moments after the drinks break.

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Canberra made the visitors pay, reclaiming the lead after the returning Ashleigh Sykes’ powerful run and cross gave Thornses an easy finish from the left-hand side of the box.

Sykes claimed a goal of her own doubling the home sides advantage just before the half latching onto Thornses’ cross with a powerful header.

Canberra carried their dominance into the second-half adding to their lead after three minutes as Thornses took advantage of another Sykes cut-back to bury her effort into the roof of the net.

Karly Roestbakken piled in one of her own for the home side beating Willacy with a powerful effort before Thornses picked up her hat-trick just one minute later.

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Canberra will look to continue with their winning ways as they host Western Sydney Wanderers in a second consecutive home game while Adelaide travels to Newcastle in round 11.

Canberra United 6 (CARPENTER 3′, THORNSES 37′ 47′ 54′ , SYKES 43′, ROESTBAKKEN 53′)

Adelaide United 1 (MAUTZ 10′)

McKellar Park, Canberra

Referee: Kate Jacewicz

Assistant Referees: Nia Southwell, Georgia Ghiradello

Fourth Official: Delfina Dimoski

Canberra United

1. Hayley KOPMEYER, 3. Clare HUNT (12. Bethany GORDON 60′), 4. Toni PRESSLEY, 11. Elise THORNSES, 14. Ashleigh SYKES (10. Grace MAHER 53′), 16. Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 18. Taren KING, 20. Amy SAYER, 21. Ellie CARPENTER (8. Liana DANASKOS 66′), 23. Michelle HEYMAN, 34. Laura BASSETT.

Adelaide United

3. Makenzy DONIAK, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ (13. Nora PEAT 61′), 5. Jenna McCORMICK, 6. Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 8. Emily CONDON (14. Grace ABBEY 73′)., 10. Alex CHIDIAC, 11. Laura JOHNS (9. Adriana JONES 45′), 15. Emma CHECKER (c), 20. Sarah WILLACY, 24. Dannielle COLAPRICO, 25. Katie NAUGHTON.

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