Mautz, Willacy heroics as AUFC Women draw with Melbourne City

Adelaide United fought back to earn a point away from home, and spoil Melbourne City’s party in a 1-1 draw in Round 6 of the Westfield W-League at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday.

Head Coach, Ivan Karlovic fielded an identical Starting XI from last week, in a bid to maintain consistency and get on the scoresheet.

An electric start for Melbourne City kept ‘keeper, Sarah Willacy and Adelaide defenders busy, firing several chances towards goal.

American, Ashley Hatch opened her account for City, and put them ahead, 14 minutes into the match.

Matildas, Kyah Simon and Steph Catley were at the forefront of attack and piled on relentless pressure, while Adelaide were limited of chances in the first-half.

Willacy continued to deny City, especially Hatch who looked certain to complete her brace.

72' minutes in, Alyssa Mautz finished a low shot into the back of the net, following Jenna McCormick’s corner to equalise.

Willacy would then go from villain to hero first conceding a penalty, then tremendously denying Simon’s spot-kick to secure a vital point for Adelaide.

Key Moments:

3’ | An early chance for City as Willacy parries away Steph Catley’s curling effort.

8’ | CHANCE! Makenzy Doniak fires a header over the crossbar.

12’ | Captain, Emma Checker brilliantly heads Simon’s goal-bound shot off of the line!

14’ | GOAL: Hatch makes the breakthrough with a thumping header for Melbourne City.

20’ | Another enterprising move by Simon, as her shot at the back-post is deflected out.

38’ | Yukari Kinga fires a low, bending effort inches wide.

43’ | Brilliant save by Willacy denies Simon once again.

51’ | CHANCE! Mautz’s touch rattles the post following a superb cross by Doniak.

54’ | Willacy produces a stunning save to keep out Larissa Crummer’s effort to double City’s lead.

72’ | GOAL! Mautz equalises for Adelaide, striking her shot into the bottom-left corner.

89’ | Willacy gave away a penalty, bringing down Jess Fishlock, but tops off a spectacular performance to dive and save Simon’s penalty.

Match details:

Sunday, 3 December 2017
Westfield W-League Round 6
Adelaide United 1 (Mautz, 72’)
Melbourne City 1 (Hatch, 14’)
Venue: Lakeside Stadium
Crowd: 200