Reds shock Sydney to send Holmes off in style

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Adelaide United held onto an early lead to upset league-leaders Sydney FC 2-0, in Dylan Holmes’ farewell match. 

On an emotional evening for many United fans and players, the Reds were determined to give their heroic skipper a deserving goodbye.

From the first whistle, Adelaide were attacking with intent and creating dangerous scoring opportunities. 

Sydney was overwhelmed by the Reds attacking pressure and conceded a corner inside five minutes. 

Using a set-piece, Maruschka Waldus rushed behind the Sydney defenders before rising to meet Kahlia Hogg’s cross, giving Adelaide a 1-0 advantage.

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With a one-goal lead, United continued their attacking ambush on the Sky Blues. 

On the cusp of the 20-minute mark, Mallory Weber took the opportunity to double the Reds lead with a strike into the side netting. 

Adelaide left the visitors stunned heading into half-time with a 2-0 lead. 

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Sydney was desperate for a goal early in the second half and were nearly successful when Remy Siemsen’s shot deflected off the post and over the goal-line. 

Unfortunately for the Sky Blues, the goal was disallowed after the young striker was caught offside.   

Adelaide was close to making Sydney pay for their miss on several occasions during the second half, but were denied by the woodwork multiple times. 

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Once the match had finished, Adelaide head coach, Adrian Stenta discussed his side’s impressive start.

“We were really confident based on our performance against Sydney away from home,” he said.

“Being at home in front of our fans and with Dylan’s last game, we wanted to start positively and I think our start was fantastic.”

Before her move to Swedish giants BK Hacken, Stenta also praised Holmes and believes she is worthy of a Matilda’s cap. 

“I think she deserves it whether she stays or goes [overseas],” Stenta said.

“She’s been outstanding for us all year, both on the park and off the park as a leader.”

The W-League standings went unchanged following the result, Adelaide stays in third while Sydney still leads the competition.  

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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