6-1! Canberra United in dazzling form against Adelaide United

A hat-trick from Norwegian Elise Thorsnes has breathed life into Canberra United's top four hopes following a crushing 6-1 win over Adelaide United on Sunday. 

On a hot day that saw drinks breaks, a frenetic beginning saw Westfield Matilda Ellie Carpenter - the December nomination for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year - open the scoring for Canberra inside the opening five minutes.

The Lady Reds equalised through the excellent Alyssa Mautz. But after that, it was a ruthless Green Machine that took control of the contest in hot conditions at McKellar Park in the capital. 

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Canberra and Adelaide in action on Sunday

Norwegian Thorsnes was clinical, adding her second shortly before the break and Matildas striker Ash Sykes added a third. 

The pair was in irresistible form, combining brilliantly for Heather Garriock's side. 

And within 10 sizzling minutes after the restart, it went from 3-1 to 6-1. 

Karly Roestbakken getting on the scoresheet in-between two more from Thorsnes. 

Even Canberra's last line of defence was in form with the classy Haley Kopmeyer shutting out Alex Chidiac with a super stop in the final 20 minutes. 

The big win will give Canberra, in the sixth spot going into this round, a huge boost as they aim for a top-four finals finish.