23/04/2024
Adelaide United took advantage of it's good fortune to put the Phoenix to the sword in the second half of the game in Wollongong.

After the match was originally postponed for inclement weather the previous night, Adelaide United finally took the field in Wollongong. After some good fortune, the Reds posted a convincing win against Wellington Phoenix in the A League Women competition.

For the second time this A League Women season, the Reds were sprung with a pregame surprise which saw their game delayed.

Unlike last time, the game was not able to be played out on the night and had to be postponed to the next day because of heavy hail and lightning, but with both sides keen to resume the show, the game commenced the next day.

The Reds were keen to show that they were not getting complacent after their statement 8-2 away win in Brisbane on Sunday and struck first.

A deflected Fiona Worts shot fell kindly to Chelsie Dawber who did not hesitate to put United ahead just five minutes into the encounter.

This was a pleasant change of pace for the Reds against the New Zealanders, with their encounter in Adelaide earlier in the season highlighted by United’s inability to convert an extensive amount of chances, only winning the match 1-0 with a second half goal.

A few weeks ago this early goal would have meant game over for the inexperienced Phoenix side but Gemma Lewis’s side has grown in spades since the last time these sides faced off, with the Nix coming of age to put Canberra to the sword, to earn their first ever win in their last hit out.

Wellington shook off its slow start and began taking the game to Adrian Stenta’s side, with Emily Condon’s absence in United’s lineup being felt as the Nix got the better of possession and troubled United’s backline in the first half.

The pressure finally paid off with Reds captain Isabel Hodgson unable to clear an awkward cross and Grace Jale making no mistake, slotting the ball past an outstretched Annalee Grove to even out the game.

In a cruel twist of fate for the young Phoenix side, instead of using their momentum to chase the lead, they handed it back to Adelaide on a silver platter 10 minutes later.

An errant Zoe McMeeken back pass was enough to get the ball past backup goalkeeper Brianna Edwards, taking the pressure off the Reds who were fortunate to be ahead at the half time break.

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The Reds came out in the second half determined not to let their good fortune go to waste, making Club history in the process.

Coming into season 14 of A League Women, no Adelaide United A League Women player had ever reached double digit goal scoring figures in a single season. Two Reds player achieved that feat in the second half of the match in Wollongong.

Just 10 minutes into the second half, a lively Worts, who scored five times in her last outing, continued her brilliant form, to make Adelaide’s lead comfortable one, with her 10th goal of the season. Worts continues to prove that she is one the best attacking players in the competition and an irreplicable asset that keeps United’s forward line ticking.

Not to be outdone, 10 minutes later, Adelaide United’s marksman Chelsie Dawber continued her own scoring streak to also record her 10th goal of the season.

Both Worts and Dawber joined Melbourne City’s Hannah Wilkinson at the summit of the A League Women Golden Boot standing.

Adrian Stenta’s side keeps ticking all the boxes expected of it and are in a great position to break the Club’s finals drought.

The side’s quality and mentality where questioned after conceding five goals in the first game of the season away at Melbourne Victory, but 12 games later, they find themselves third on the ladder with a +13 goal difference, the third best in the competition.

The Phoenix can look at United’s coming of age story as an inspiration as they encounter their own growing pains. It is important to remember the Reds suffered similar heartache for years as the young squad developed from cellar dwellers in an unforgiving league to Championship contenders.

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