Dynamic duo leave it late to save the day for Reds
Football is full of big players coming up trumps late on to snatch all three points from right under the nose of their opponents.
Adelaide United’s come-from-behind victory over Newcastle Jets on Monday was one such occasion however instead of being one hero it was a double act popping up late for the Reds to seal a 3-2 win.
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In fact, up until injury time, Veronica Latsko and Isabel Hodgson had largely toiled for nought in what were unforgiving temperatures for forwards.
But all it takes is a moment, or in this case two, to change a match and after going behind in the 85th minute through a Laura Johns own goal, up stepped Latsko and Hodgson to breathe life back into the Reds.
Two minutes into added time and the ball flew forward toward Latsko who carefully headed into the path of an oncoming Hodgson.
The 22-year old gathered and sent the ball flying into the net past a despairing Britt Eckerstrom to claw back a point for the visitors.
Or at least that what it looked like.
Three minutes later and with stoppage time all but up the roles reversed as Hodgson turned provider.
Receiving the ball on the right-flank via Michelle Heyman, Hodgson looked up and delivered a pin-point cross that carved a way past the Jets defence and towards the grateful boots of Latsko who made no mistake from point-blank range.
The goal takes Latsko to equal first in the Golden Boot race with eight alongside Sam Kerr and Natasha Dowie while Adelaide themselves move up to second on the Westfield W-League ladder.
The Jets meanwhile will be left to rue a costly switch-off at the back after they had twice taken the lead in what was a crucial game.
Sitting second from the bottom after what had been a bright start to the season, Craig Deans’ side must surely take points from all five of their remaining matches to stay in the hunt for consecutive finals appearances.