Sydney edges Adelaide in tight W-League clash

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Adelaide United’s Lady Reds has suffered a heart-breaking defeat in its clash with heavyweights Sydney FC at Marden Sports Complex on Friday night, losing 2-1 after a Caitlin Foord injury-time winner.

It was a gut-wrenching outcome for the Lady Reds, who had dominated much of the match despite conceding in the first half.

Sydney FC’s Kylie Ledbrook had been able to waltz down the centre of the pitch without a challenge, and only when she was in the box did Adelaide United apply any pressure to her. It was too little too late, and the midfielder was able to score an easy goal from close range.

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From this point, though, the home side was able to lift and applied significant pressure to the Sky Blues. Alex Chidiac and Makenzy Doniak in particular linked well, and by the half time break were both unlucky to not have found the net owing to the crossbar and some brilliant keeping from Aubrey Bledsoe.

When the second half arrived, Chidiac continued her attacking dominance and was able to convert a penalty in the opening minutes. Hitting hard and high, the keeper stood no chance and the Lady Reds had some scoreboard justice.

Doniak and Chidiac continued to apply pressure, and with assistance from Emily Condon in midfield kept the ball in Sydney’s third. But the pressure wasn’t enough, and in spite of the control they had over the match, the hosts went down in the dying seconds when Foord found herself through on goal and was able to cooly finish.

After the game, Chidiac lamented her sides’ inability to find the win, particularly given the control they had over the match.

”It’s heartbreaking, we were dominating the whole game I thought, and to come down to the last few minutes really hurts,” she said.

“I don’t if we are unlucky or if it’s a skill thing, but we are getting in the right position we just can’t find the back of the net.

“I love working with Makenzy (Doniak) and I thought we worked pretty well tonight, but in the end it comes down to scoring goals and we didn’t do that.”

The narrow loss leaves Adelaide United sitting last on the W-League ladder, while Sydney FC move up to second behind the Newcastle Jets.

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