Adelaide United Women defeated Sydney FC Women in a thrilling 5-2 battle, in Round 14 of the Westfield W-League at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.
Goals to Adriana Jones and Racheal Quigley in the second half gave their side a two-goal advantage. Remy Siemsen with a brace to level, but goals to Emily Hodgson and Sofia Huerta along with a penalty from Jones, United speed to the three points.
With Adelaide United Women looking to end their season on a high-note, and spoil Sydney FC’s party for the minor premiership, the United Women were the more encouraging side in the first period, with countless chances that could have seen them with a several goal lead.
Top goal scorer, Jones caused havoc for the second-placed Sydney’s defence, bursting out of the blocks early, threatening Sydney shot stopper, Shamiran Khamis with several one-on-one opportunities.
Alongside Jones, Alex Chidiac and Sofia Huerta were also proving dangerous, with lighting pace to fire towards Khamis’ goal, who remained resolute and kept the hosts scoreless in the first 45 minutes.
The second half provided the entertainment, with Quigley tapping into open goal, seconds into the second stanza following Danielle Colaprico’s free kick. A minute later in the 48th minute, Jones streamed past Khamis to strike into another empty net for a two goal advantage.
The strong Harbour City opponents were not going to give up easily on their premiership hopes, with substitute Siemsen completed a fiery brace with two thundering shots within two minutes that kept the United defence off-guard.
Two minutes following, on 59 minutes, Sofia Huerta raced into the penalty area to square to the back post for Hodgson to strike for another Adelaide lead. In the 67th minute, Jones was brought down in the area after anticipating a one-on-one opportunity with Khamis. Jones then completed her brace, converting from the spot to give her side another two goal lead.
Sydney FC looked promising in the latter moments, but Huerta venomously stuck with confidence to give United a 5-2 victory over Sydney and 6th place on the standings.