Adelaide United’s quest for a maiden finals appearance is over after a 2-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets which left more questions than answers for the home side.

The last few weeks haven’t been kind to Adelaide as they lost their star players to international duty when they needed them most, their strikers were unable finish chances they usually bury and they lost form at an inopportune time.

Adelaide regained Fanndis Fridriksdóttir and Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir from international duty, with both starring against the Jets especially Fridriksdóttir who levelled for United in the first-half.

Their performances left many, including coach Ivan Karlović, wondering why the W-League didn’t break for the international fixtures this time around despite having done so earlier in the season.

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“I wouldn’t put it down to that but it would be nice and your ability to attract better quality players to the league would be increased if there was a window, there was one earlier on in the year,” he said.

“I am not sure why there wasn’t a second window, it’s something they [the FFA] need to look at because if you’re starting to bring international quality players here you need to be able to give clubs that opportunity to have those players play on a regular basis.”

In the end, Karlović was left ruing a string of missed chances which on another day would have seen United claim the three points.

It was a statistical domination from the Reds as they had more shots (18) than Newcastle (7), controlled the possession (54 per cent to 46 per cent) and won-out on most of the duels (58 per cent to 42 per cent).

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“We had more than enough chances to win a game of football tonight,” he said.

“She [Veronica Latsko] had a couple one-on-ones in the first-half and another in the second-half even Gunni [Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir]at the end there with the header at the end, they normally go into the back of the net and sometimes those things happens they just won’t go in, it’s difficult to pinpoint why that is, we’re creating chances that’s a positive we just need to convert it.”

The failure to take advantage of that statistical dominance consigns Adelaide to yet another season without finals because it is now impossible for them to leapfrog their rivals in the top four, which leaves a bittersweet taste in Karlović’s mouth.

“I think we’ve certainly improved this year, it’s a difficult one because you’re pleased but also disappointed at the same time because we set the benchmarks high here now because we’re really striving to go places and we’ve made some huge in-roads in that, so we’ve got to continue to work hard.

“I think we gave ourselves the best possible chances and I think we surprised a lot of teams but sometimes like tonight you don’t get the rub of the green and it doesn’t go your way unfortunately.”

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