Adelaide use attacking onslaught to move to third

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Adelaide United applied relentless pressure on Canberra United’s defence during the second half of Sunday night’s match to win 2-1.

Canberra was intent on bouncing back from their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Sydney FC but struggled to keep the Reds out of their 18-yard box all night. 

Chelsie Dawber opened the scoring for Adelaide at the 11-minute mark, when she volleyed home a lofted cross from Isabel Hodgson.

Immediately after they conceded, the Green Machine began searching for an equaliser and nearly scored after golden boot leader, Michelle Heyman broke through Adelaide’s defence. 

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Just as Adelaide believed they had weathered the storm, New Zealand international Paige Satchell slotted her shot past Annalee Grove to level the game at 1-1 on the cusp of halftime. 

After a frantic start to the second half, Emily Condon composed herself in front of goal and gave Adelaide a 2-1 lead when she curled her shot into the side netting. 

Eager to increase their advantage after Condon scored, Maria Jose Rojas continued piling pressure on Canberra with two dazzling solo runs and four shots on target but could not find the back of the net. 

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Adelaide missed many key scoring chances and the Green Machine began building confidence towards the end of the game. 

Satchell nearly gave Canberra a late draw but was denied by Grove from point-blank range. 

Canberra seemed destined to score during injury time but it was the Reds who stood tall in defence and secured all three points. 

Surprisingly, Adelaide only scored twice despite a total of 18 shots on goal.

Following the match, Reds head coach Adrian Stenta said he was happy with the win but insisted there was room for improvement in the final third. 

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“All season we’ve created a lot of opportunities. Our conversion rate isn’t where it needs to be,” he said.

“We should’ve had more goals today but I’d rather be in a position where we are creating chances even if we are not scoring all of them. Hopefully, we can get a big bag of them in one of the coming games.”  

Adelaide rises above Canberra in third while the away side drops to fourth in the W-League standings after their 2-1 defeat. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Amir Daou
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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