W-League | Reds ruin Sydney’s dream

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Adelaide United has finished its disappointing W-League campaign with a 5-2 win over highly-fancied Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with all the goals coming in the second half.

In blistering heat that called for four drinks breaks throughout the match, Adelaide United took the match from the Sky Blues; the latter team needing a win to win the Premiership.

But the Lady Reds took the spoils after a staggering seven-goal second half, led by Adriana Jones’ brace to finish the season on a remarkable high.

Things opened up immediately after the half-time break when Servet Uzunlar put the ball into her own goal following a fairly tame Danielle Colaprico free kick. The floated ball went over keeper Sham Khamis’ head and fell to Uzunlar at the back, who accidentally guided it home.

Three minutes later and the Lady Reds had a doubled advantage, and again it was an error from Sydney FC that got them there. Teresa Polias’ back pass to Sham Khamis was far too short and Adriana Jones easily collected it, stepped around the keeper and walked into an open goal.

Substitute Remy Siemsen managed the level things up soon after, though, with her brace coming in the space of three minutes. Her first effort from the edge of the area rolled past Sarah WIllacy in goal and her second came from a goal mouth scramble when the ball landed at her feet having hit the post.

United didn’t lose hope though, with pint-sized winger Emily Hodgson retaking the lead on the hour mark and Jones doubling it again when she converted from the spot.

Mexican international Sofia Huerta then iced the Lady Reds’ cake with a smart volley from close range finding the goal right before the close.

The result is bitterly disappointing for the Sky Blues who were a win away from sealing the W-League premiership. Against the lowly Adelaide United Sydney would have been confident of finding a win, but a resurgent home side refused to let the dream come true.

To add salt into the wound first choice goalkeeper Sham Khamis had to come off in 73rd minute having received two knocks to the head. As the finals approach, this could be devastating news.

The result means that Adelaide United finish the campaign in fifth place, while Sydney appear to have locked in second, but that could drop to third depending on other results.

Adelaide United FC: 5 (46’ Uzunlar OG, 49’ 68’ Jones, 60’ Hodgson 87’ Huerta)
Sydney FC: 2 (55’, 58’ Siemsen)
Coopers Stadium

Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Assistant Referees: Renae Coghill, Danielle Anderson
Fourth Official: Maddison Kennedy

Adelaide United FC: 4. HODGSON, Emily, 5. HICKMAN ALVES, Monica, 10. QUIGLEY, Racheal (81’ Ally LADAS), 11. HUERTA, Sofia, 12. JONES, Adriana (88’ Cheyenne HAMMOND), 14. ABBEY, Grace (86’ Kelsey ZAFRIDIS), 15. CAMPAGNALE, Georgia, 20. WILLACY, Sarah, 24. COLAPRICO, Danielle, 25. NAUGHTON, Kathleen, 30. CHIDIAC, Alexandra

Subtitutes: 2. HAMMOND, Cheyenne, 6. LADAS, Ally, 16. ZAFRIDIS, Kelsey, 21. JENKINS, Claudia

Sydney FC: 1. KAHMIS, Shamiran (73’ Sarah EASTHOPE), 2. POLIAS, Teresa, 4. RALSTON, Elizabeth, 6. UZUNLAR, Servet, 7. BOLGER, Nicola (45’ Remy SIEMSEN), 9. FOORD, Caitlin, 10. ORDEGA, Francisca, 13. YEOMAN-DALE, Georgia, 14. KENNEDY, Alanna, 17. SIMON, Lyah, 19. KHAMIS, Leena (68’ Amy HARRISON)

Substitutes: 3. SIEMSEN, Remy, 8. HARRISON, Amy, 12. PRICE, Olivia, 15. EASTHOPE, Sarah

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