‘Reactive’ Reds come off second best to arch-rivals Victory

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Adelaide United’s run of three consecutive wins has come to an end following a 1-0 home defeat to Melbourne Victory.

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Both sides were attacking with serious intent to begin the W-League’s edition of the Original Rivalry, but could not find the target. 

Melbourne had great success attacking down the wings and nearly scored through Natalie Martineau and Kyra Cooney-Cross’ attempts on goal. 

Down the other end of the pitch, Maria Jose Rojas and Fiona Worts were torching the Victory defence with their pace during the opening half but lacked a finishing touch. 

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Many in attendance were surprised that United did not hit the scoreboard during the opening half and Reds coach Adrian Stenta was no exception. 

“I think we created two or three really good chances in the first half and we struggled to make them count.” he said. 

Unfortunately for United, their goalscoring woes continued into the final 45 minutes. 

The Reds also struggled to maintain possession in the midfield and Melbourne began capitalising on their mistakes. 

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Stenta believed his team’s inability to control the game led to the errors. 

“We were second best and a little bit reactive tonight. It was a bit of a flat night across the board, unfortunately.

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Lively Victory forward Melina Ayres tore up the United defence with her speed all night before finally impacting the scoreboard in the final stages of the second half.

Ayers earned an assist after she flicked Angela Beard’s set-piece onto the path of teammate Catherine Zimmerman, who gave Victory the lead with a header from inside the six-yard box.

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Although Adelaide pressed for an equaliser following the late goal, Victory held on and recorded a huge win away from home. 

Despite the setback, Stenta was confident his side would recover immediately. 

“If we weren’t creating any chances then I’d be more concerned but we have to bounce back if we want to do something this year and I expect a good response.” he said. 

Adelaide remains in second place after the defeat while the Victory climbs to fifth on the W-League standings. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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