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Adelaide United Women will look to maintain their quest for a maiden Finals appearance with a win over Newcastle Jets Women at Marden Sports Complex on Friday night.

The Reds will most likely need to prevail in their remaining two matches of the regular season to book a place in the top four.

Ivan Karlović’s side currently lie in sixth spot in the standings – one point outside of Finals contention – following successive defeats.

One of the Reds’ players who will try to keep that dream alive is goalkeeper, Sarah Willacy.

She said the key to overcoming the Jets for a second time this season is to worry about themselves.

“I think we just need to keep playing our game,” Willacy said.

“And focus on what we do on the pitch rather than what they do and take the opportunities that we get.”

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Adelaide produced a stoppage-time masterclass, scoring two goals at the death to secure a dramatic 3-2 win in the reverse fixture on New Year’s Eve.

“If we play the way that we played last time against them towards the end of the second-half then we should do well,” she explained when asked if there were any positives they could take from that game into Friday night.

The 23-year-old has also been nothing shy of sensational this season, recording a 70% save success rating.

She further claimed the save of the round following a brilliant stop against Western Sydney Wanderers in her last outing.

Willacy revealed there were no secrets to her success other than hard work and was uncertain if she was in career best form.

“To be honest I just take every game as it comes and just focus on doing my part for the team,” she admitted.

“Obviously I try and play well but I just really focus on doing my part for the team which is saving goals.

“Obviously you can always be better. I’ve had some good games and I’ve had a few games where I haven’t played up to my own standards.”

Adelaide United Women host Newcastle Jets in Round 13 of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season on Friday, 25 January at Marden Sports Complex. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACDT. Gates open at 3.30pm.