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Reds stun Sky Blues to take one step closer to maiden Finals Series

Adelaide United are firmly entrenched in the top four on the Westfield W-League table after a 2-0 win over league-leading Sydney FC at Marden Sports Complex on Saturday night.

The win - sparked by first-half goals to Maruschka Waldus and Mallory Weber - sent the Reds above Melbourne Victory into third on the table ahead of the club's final two games of the season against top-four aspirants Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Sky Blues striker Remy Siemsen looked to have brought her side back into the game with a well-taken goal from a cross from Cortnee Vine in the first 45 but an offside flag was raised, removing Sydney's first goal of the night from the scoresheet - a goal Ante Juric's side failed to get back before the end of the game.

It was a final appearance in Red for Adelaide captain Dylan Holmes, who will depart the club to join Swedish top-flight champions, BK Häcken in the aftermath of the 2-0 win over the Premiers Plate favourites. 

Sydney's defeat leaves the door open for Brisbane to close in at the top of the table, who trail the Sky Blues by five points with a game in hand to be played when the Roar face Canberra United on Sunday afternoon

Key Moments

Adelaide began the contest showing the desperation to continue their assault on the Finals Series places, and within five minutes the hosts had the lead through a towering Maruschka Waldus header from a Kahlia Hogg corner floated to the back post. 

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GOAL: Waldus strikes early to put Reds ahead

Adelaide lived up to their name in a red-hot beginning to the contest. Mallory Weber threatened with a solo run and left-footed strike which flashed past the right-hand post, warning the Sky Blues of what was to come when the American put the hosts two goals to the good just minutes later.

Weber produced a moment of individual brilliance to compound Sydney's misery, cutting from the right flank across goal, breezing past Angelique Hristodoulou with ease and rattling a strike across Jada Whyman's goal into the back of the net.

GOAL: Individual brilliance from Weber as Reds go two goals up

Sydney needed to get the likes of Cortnee Vine and Princess Ibini on the ball to help Remy Siemsen get involved in the game. The visitors managed to do just that when Vine found Siemsen in the box with a devastating cross off the right flank.

Siemsen finished expertly but the offside flag was raised, striking out Sydney's goal to keep Adelaide's 2-0 lead intact.

The second half began and Weber instantly set about displaying her powerful running once more, as she roamed through the centre of the park and left the Sky Blues defence for dead before blasting a left-footed shot high over the bar.

Maria José Rojas saw two opportunities go to waste, poking one strike to the top corner for Whyman to save before shooting wide of the mark with the goal at her mercy after Chelsie Dawber rounded the Sky Blues stopper and found Rojas inside the penalty area.

Waldus and Hogg combined to great effect once again from a corner routine in the second stanza but this time Waldus' header looped off the crossbar and away. The Reds proceeded to strike the bar for the second time in the dying embers of the game when substitute Fiona Worts rattled a strike off the woodwork from outside the box.

CHANCE: Rojas misses the mark to waste huge chance to put Sky Blues to bed

Next Matches

Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
Friday, March 12 2021
Lions FC Stadium
Kick-off: 9.05pm AEDT
Match Centre

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, March 20 2021
Nestrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick-off: 4.35pm AEDT
Match Centre

Westfield W-League 2020/21
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC Women 12 9 1 2 28
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 7 4 1 25
Melbourne Victory Women 12 7 2 3 23
Canberra United Women 12 6 4 2 22
Adelaide United Women 12 7 1 4 22
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Women 12 4 1 7 13
Melbourne City FC Women 12 4 1 7 13
Newcastle Jets Women 12 2 1 9 7
Perth Glory Women 12 0 1 11 1