Lady Reds coach Dave Edmondson said his side is playing with enough confidence to cause Brisbane Roar plenty of problems when they meet at Hindmarsh Stadium in Round 4 of the Westfield W-League.
Lady Reds coach Dave Edmondson said his side is playing with enough confidence to bounce back from consecutive losses and cause Brisbane Roar plenty of problems when they meet at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday in Round 4 of the Westfield W-League.
Brisbane Roar are also on the back of a loss after a 3-1 defeat to Sydney last week and Edmondson expects last season-s runners-up to be eager to atone.
But, with the recent performances Adelaide United have shown, Edmondson is confident the Lady Reds will be amongst the points on Saturday.
“Brisbane has a strong side, with four or five Matildas, so they will be tough,” he said.
“With players like Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt and Emily Gielnik they will be a force going forward and with Claire Polkinghorne and Laura Alleway at the back, they will be tough to break down.”
“But, we are playing with confidence and with the expected home support at Hindmarsh, I am sure we will be able to cause them some problems.”
“No team likes to lose and I am sure they will be looking to bounce back. As most teams and ourselves included, they will go into every game looking to win and losing last week wont change that, as it doesn-t for us.”
Despite losing 3-1 Canberra United last week, Edmondson admitted he was delighted with the performance against the defending champions.
The Lady Reds coach conceded with some notable absentees they were forced into a change of game plan and it almost paid off after taking a 1-0 lead just before half time.
However, Canberra-s star quality and experience saw them score three late goals.
“With a couple of key players out, the performance was excellent,” he said.
“We had a game plan adapted to play Canberra and for the majority of the game it worked perfectly. We denied Canberra space in behind us where they like to exploit their pace and looked to counter attack them.”
“We defended solidly and Holy Patterson, Georgia Macri and Racheal Quigley provided a real threat on the counter. So, overall a pleasing performance but not a pleasing result.”
Ticket prices are just $5 for Adults and $2 for Concession and Kids Under 16.
Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar Saturday 10 November 2012 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Local kick-off: 1.30pm
Adelaide United squad: 1. Kristi HARVEY (gk), 2. Ruth WALLACE, 3. Alex NATOLI, 5. Abby ERCEG (c), 6. Cassandra TSOUMBRIS, 7. Racheal QUIGLEY, 8. Sarah McLAUGHLIN, 9. Marijana RACJIC, 11. Grace HENRY, 12. Elise WHORLOW, 13. Ann MAYO, 14. Lorena MAGGIO, 15. Emma CHECKER, 18. Georgia MACRI, 19. Holly PATTERSON, 20. Kelly BARLTROP (gk) (*one to be omitted)
Ins: Sarah McLAUGHLIN (returns from injury), Marijana RACJIC (returns from absence) Outs: Jenna McCORMACK, Laura JOHNS, Jessie WHAREPOURI (all omitted) Unavailable: Jess WATERHOUSE (Australia U-16)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Hoshimi KISHI (gk), 2. Laura ALLEWAY, 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 5. Brooke SPENCE, 6. Ashley SPINA, 7. Erika ELZE, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9. Emma PITTMAN, 10. Lana HARCH, 11. Vedrana POPOVIC, 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Georgia CHAPMAN, 15. Hannah BEARD, 16. Sachiko TATSUOKA, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 18. Kate STEWART (gk), 19. Katrina GORRY, 20. Joanne BUCKLEY (gk) (*four to be omitted)
Ins: Elise KELLOND-KINGHT (returns from injury), Tameka BUTT (returns from injury), Hannah BEARD, Joanne BUCKLEY (both promoted) Outs: None Unavailable: Rebecca PRICE (knee - 1 week)