Adelaide United continued their winless start to the season as they fell to Sydney FC 4-1 at Hindmarsh Stadium.
It was end-to-end stuff at the start of the match as both teams had good sights at goal. Sian McLaren starred in goals for Adelaide United while the 15 yearold defender Emma Checker showed composure beyond her years as she starred in defense to prevent Sydney FC scoring.
Sydney FC just kept pushing but the Reds continued to stand strong, Danielle Brogan stinging the hands of McLaren, before America’s Ashleigh Gunning also stepped up to the plate making some desperate blocks.
Adelaide United stunned Sydney FC in the 30th minute, thanks to a successful counter attack, Marijana Rajcic getting on to the longball that Sydney FC struggled to deal with and sending a wonderful chip over Allison Lippsher that went in off the post.
Sydney FC came back eight minutes later, levelling the match as Matilda Heather Garriock sent in a wonderful strike after Sarah Walsh found Garriock unmarked, her goal coming from her weaker foot and curling in to the top corner beautifully.
McLaren made her first lapse of the game just before the break and it handed Sydney FC the lead as Servet Uzunlar blasted a cross right at the keeper, McLaren failed to deal with it, letting the ball slip through and in to the back of the net.
The excitement and pace of the first half was always going to be difficult to maintain in the second, and the second half became much more about the defensive battle as chances were harder to come by.
Sydney FC should have had a third in the 68th minute after Checker fouled AFC Young Player of the Year Caitlin Foord in the box, however the Reds were spared when Kylie Ledbrook’s penalty struck the post.
It was two goals in two minutes that killed off this match and gave Sydney FC the win, the first coming from another McLaren error as her punch from a Sydney FC corner deflected awkwardly and rolled back into her own net. Foord then wrapped it up, sending a powerful strike through the grip of McLaren who scrambled but couldn’t recover, Sydney FC running out 4-1 winners.
The scoreline perhaps flattered Sydney FC a little as the Reds were unlucky on many of the Sydney FC goals but it does not take away from Sydney FC’s dominance as they performed well and deserved their win.
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