The monkey is off their back, the Reds are finally into the finals

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After 14 long, gruelling seasons, Adelaide United are finally into the A-League Women’s finals; and they’re not just making up the numbers either.

The Reds secured their first ticket to the finals during their Pride Round match, defeating Melbourne Victory 3-0 on Saturday at Coopers Stadium.

The win, subsequently, ended Adelaide’s long sports nightmare, put an end to the 14 year drought. 

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It’s a time of celebration for Adelaide, but it’s also time for them to shift their focus towards their first finals appearance.

Adelaide is firing, and their dynamic duo up front in Chelsie Dawber and Fiona Worts are playing unstoppable football. 

Worts, the most inform player in the entire ALW competition is coming off nine goals in her past three matches.

She has hit her straps at the perfect time. 

Whilst her partner in crime, Dawber currently sits in second place on the golden boot standings with ten goals herself. Leaving a formidable forward line that will scare any defence come finals. 

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In fact, it’s this forward line that has covered any cracks in Adrian Stenta’s side this season. 

Consistently, the Reds’ midfield has had its issues with Nanako Sasaki fitting into a defensive role, changes with the introduction of Dylan Holmes and now the recent injury to midfield star Emily Condon.

And even in Saturday’s game against Melbourne Victory, it was this midfield that struggled to hold possession, as they again lost the possession count 58 per cent to 42 per cent; the eighth time they have lost this count this season, and their third possession loss in a row.  

Despite that, the Reds have won three on the trot, scoring a whopping 15 goals in those matches. 

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So why not Adelaide? Why can’t this team go all the way in finals? 

They are the most inform team in the competition, winning six of their past seven games 

The sky’s the limit for the Reds as they currently sit in second place, and there is no better finals preview than taking on the best team in the league, Sydney FC in Adelaide next weekend.

Featured image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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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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