Adelaide United win but room for improvement remains

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Adelaide United got away with the win, but the 2-1 scoreline did not tell the full story.

Adelaide United dominated Canberra United from the start to the finish, all bar Michelle Heyman’s delightful goal off Chelsee Washington’s picturesque pass to open the scoring. 

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But apart from Canberra’s go-ahead goal, Adelaide United put the pedal the medal as chance after chance went begging.  

Nanako Sasaki ultimately broke the drought and laced out a tremendous half volley from long range to level up the ledger at 1-1. At this point Adelaide were in cruise control. 

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However, much like last week when Adelaide fell down to Melbourne Victory in embarrassing fashion, they failed to convert their chances in front of goal. 

Adelaide yet again dominated the entirety of the second half, primarily thanks to Adelaide’s number nine in Paige Hayward. 

Hayward pushed her work ethic to the limit, forcing herself up and down the ground all afternoon. Meanwhile Adelaide’s midfield highlighted by Sasaki and Emily Condon were superb.  

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But despite Hayward and the rest of the team’s brilliant attacking efforts, it is now two games in a row that Adrian Stenta’s team has struggled to capitalise in their attacking third. 

The deadlock finally broke thanks to a touch of brilliance from Sasaki yet again. 

Sasaki lofted a stunning pass over the top of the Canberra defence, right in to the path of the hero Emily Condon. Condon buried her shot from point blank range in the 91st minute to put put Adelaide ahead 2-1.

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Adelaide have their first win of the season and bounced back from their disappointing game last week. But their finishing leaves much to be improved, or it might just be this season’s Achilles heel.  

Featured image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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