Reds prevail past Perth to claim first win of the season
Adelaide United Women has recorded its first win of the Westfield W-League 2020/21 season following a 1-0 victory over Perth Glory Women at Marden Sports Complex on Saturday night.
Emily Condon’s 80th minute penalty proved the difference as the Reds extended their unbeaten streak over the Glory to five matches.
Adelaide were worthy winners after dominating the majority of the match especially in the second-half with Perth barely getting a sight at goal.
Adelaide dictated terms for much of the first-half with Perth content to absorb pressure and looked to break on the counter with long balls over the Reds' high line.
That was emblematic inside the first two minutes as Gemma Craine was released by Malia Steinmetz and struck the base of the upright at the near post.
United’s best chance in the first-half occurred in the 21st minute after a spectacular half-volley from Condon; Fiona Worts delivered an inviting ball into the box which sat nicely for the midfielder and her effort produced a top-drawer save by Lily Alfeld.
Craine had another golden opportunity to put the Glory in front had it not been for the outstretched leg of goalkeeper Sian Fryer-McLaren.
Condon then responded with a chance of her own after a sensational individual attempt.
She weaved her way through the Perth defence before curling the ball into Alfeld who was just about equal to it.
Adelaide again began with the ascendancy after the interval and were unfortunate not to score when Dylan Holmes’s long-distance strike crashed against the crossbar.
The Reds continued to dominate but could not find the breakthrough they were so desperately searching for.
That was until María José Rojas was adjudged to have been fouled and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Condon stepped up and slotted the penalty and although the goalkeeper managed to get a hand on it, the shot had too much power.
There was just one enforced personnel change to the starting line-up, but Adrian Stenta made several tactical adjustments. New signing and Dutch centre-back Maruschka Waldus replaced Chelsie Dawber due to injury. Dylan Holmes returned to the midfield, while Mallory Weber and Isabel Hodgson swapped places as the former moved to the wing. María José Rojas led the line with Fiona Worts shifting to the right flank and Charlotte Grant returned to the bench.
2’ | CHANCE: Craine strikes the near-post with a ferocious one-on-one shot.
21’ | CHANCE! Condon’s half-volley is met by a diving fingertip save from Alfeld.
39’ | CHANCE! Condon display great footwork to evade the defenders and her effort is thwarted by the Perth shot-stopper.
52’ | CHANCE! Holmes unleashes a thunderous strike which rattles the bar and Mallory Weber on the rebound in unable to steer the ball home.
80’ | GOAL! Condon converts the penalty despite the goalkeeper getting a glove on it to give United a deserved lead.
Game date: Saturday, 9 January
Westfield W-League 2020/21 – Round 3
Adelaide United Women 1 (Condon 80’ (p))
Perth Glory Women 0
Venue: Marden Sports Complex