Doniak does it again but Reds fall to Wanderers


Despite a Makenzy Doniak equaliser, Adelaide United fell to Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 in Round 8 of the Westfield W-League at Marden Sports Complex on Friday night.

Head Coach, Ivan Karlovic, made a single change to the starting XI with Laura Johns replacing Chelsie Dawber. The Reds also welcomed back striker, Adriana Jones into the squad after sustaining an injury and came on off of the bench.

The Reds made an eruptive start and bossed the first 20 minutes of proceedings.

Western Sydney capitalised and opened the scoring through Marlous Pieete, despite a dominating opening exhibition by the hosts.

Makenzy Doniak equalised for her side with an expertly taken strike, sent into the top corner following Jenna McCormick’s long ball in to spark the attack in the penalty area.

A tap-in from Alyssa Mautz was ruled offside and Alex Chidiac’s venomous strike crashed against the post in the second half.

Lee Falkon took advantage of some space and put away Western Sydney’s second.

As the half wore on, Adelaide United couldn’t find another equaliser after what was a commanding display of football.

Key moments:

3’ | Great start from the Reds as Doniak sends a dangerous shot over the bar.

13’ | Sarah Willacy does superbly well and uses her reflexes nicely to stop Ellie Brush’s effort from close range.

21’ | SAVE! Willacy pounces on Brush’s swift header brilliantly, that was only inches from goal.

22’ | GOAL: Pieete slots past Willacy with a great strike into the bottom-right corner to make it 0-1.

31’ | GOAL! Doniak makes it five goals for the season as she equalises in front of goal with a spectacular finish into the top corner.

51’ | OFFSIDE: Mautz taps in beautifully from a free-kick, but the referee rules the goal offside.

54’ | CHANCE! Alex Chidiac strikes from outside of the box, and her shot hits the upright.

72’ | GOAL: Falkon slots away the Wanderers second goal making it 1-2 following a through ball by Olivia Price.

Match details:
Friday, 15 December 2017
Westfield W-League Round 8
Adelaide United 1 (Doniak 31’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Pieete 22’, Falkon 72’)
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Crowd: 739