Reds resolute but concede late in W-League opener

Adelaide United fell 1-2 to Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 2 of the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season at Marconi Stadium on Friday night, as a late Rosie Sutton goal secured the hosts all three points.

American, Makenzy Doniak was impressive all match and scored her maiden goal for Adelaide United.

In charge of his first league game for the Club, Head Coach, Ivan Karlovic handed the Reds’ other new U.S star, Alyssa Mautz her Westfield W-League debut.

Newly-appointed Captain Emma Checker, and Jenna McCormick started for Adelaide upon their return to the Club.

And a few familiar names from last season made the Starting XI including Eliza Campbell, who was stupendous in goals, Emily Hodgson, Georgia Campagnale, Emily Condon, Adriana Jones, Katie Naughton and Danielle Colaprico.

A fast start from Western Sydney saw Lo’eau LaBonta make it 1-0 on 12 minutes with a strike past Campbell, after collecting a loose ball from the edge of the area.

However, 11 minutes later, Doniak levelled the scoring with a nicely curled shot into the back of the net.

It was chance after chance for both sides with Campbell keeping the Reds on the game, but it was Sutton who claimed a deflected ball and struck from close range in the 90th minute to score the winner.

Key moments

3’ | Mautz firing for Adelaide early, creating a chance from long range that was denied by Wanderers ‘keeper Jada Whyman.

12’ | GOAL: Gaining the lead for the hosts, LaBonta latches onto a free ball to strike into the net, following a bit of chaos in the box.

23’ | GOAL! After her first chance was denied, Doniak hunts down the ball again to curve a beautiful shot past Whyman to equalise.

56’ | Campbell is untroubled by Ellie Brush’s long range effort.

68’ | A nervous moment in the match for the Reds’ as an alert McCormick directs a header over the crossbar to deny LaBonta’s goal-bound strike.

77’ | Campbell performs an excellent save to deny LaBonta’s vicious strike.

79’ | Marlous Pieete is booked for a foul on Campbell, and the Reds’ shot-stopper is then bandaged.

87’ | And even with a bandaged head, Campbell palms away Lee Falkon’s dangerous effort.

90’ | GOAL: Kahlia Hogg’s free-kick deflects, and Sutton claims the ball to hit it past Campbell, late in the game.

90+5’ | Campbell tips away Erica Halloway’s attempt over the crossbar.

Match details:
Friday, 3 November 2017
Westfield W-League Round 2
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (LaBonta 12’, Sutton 90’)
Adelaide United 1 (Doniak 23’)
Venue: Marconi Stadium