Reds deny Victory as W-League opens

By Chris Dunkerley:
Westfield W-League – Season 9 – 2016/2017 – Round 1
2pm, Sunday 6 November 2016 – Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide

Adelaide United FC 3 (Stella Rigon 13′, Adriana Jones 20′, Emily Hodgson 73′)
drew with
Melbourne Victory 3 (Natasha Dowie 16′, 63′, Selin Kuralay 81′)


Adelaide United made the visitors work hard to take a point away from Hindmarsh Stadium, as the Lady Reds took the lead three times.

A couple of years ago this game would have been a foregone conclusion for the Victory but the  club and coach Huss Skenderovic have assembled a squad that will test all comers.

As early as the 8th minute the home side showed its intent, with a free header by Katie Naughton  going just wide off a 30m free kick.

They took the lead 5 minutes later when captain Stella Rigon hit a screamer of a free kick from 25m that deflected off the wall and deceived Melbourne ‘keeper Bianca Henninger, whose finger tips could not halt the ball’s progress. 1-0
Melbourne however were looking very dangerous.

This was to prove true when in the 16th minute a poorly directed and un-needed back pass to Adelaide’s otherwise impressive ‘keeper Sarah Willacy. Alas Willacy made a hash of it, and Natasha Downie lept on to it, and slotted it into the net from the edge of the area. 1-1

Again the home side wen t ahead. In the 20th minute Adriana Jones made ground to be on the end of a squared cross from the left by Danielle Colaprico after she received a great ball from Sofia Huerta. 2-1

Willacy palmed a wicked free-kick from Christine Nairn just past her left upright in the 32nd minute.
Melbourne restored parity in the 63rd minute when Dowie received the ball from substitute Kariah White, and deftly headed in. 2-2

Ten minutes later; you guessed it – Adelaide again took the lead. A free kick was taken by Monica Alves 40m out. It sailed beautifully in to fullback Katie Naughton, who headed on and in. 3-2

The Victory came back again, this time through substitute Selin Kuralay in the 81st minute. With the ball at her feet, she lost her marker, spun, and lifted the ball 25m past the keeper. 3-3

Next weekend’s round 2 is highlighted by two epic TV matches as Canberra United host Melbourne City on Saturday 12 November (3pm), while Sydney FC host local rivals Western Sydney Wanderers a day later (2.30pm). Both matches will be played as part of Hyundai A-League double-headers.

Match details

Crowd: 3,260

Adelaide United FC:   20. Sarah WILLACY (gk), 4. Emily HODGSON, 5. Monica ALVES, 6. Ally LADAS, 7. Stella RIGON (c), 11. Sofia HUERTA, 12. Adriana JONES, 15. Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 17. Dragana KLJAJIC, 24. Danielle COLAPRICO, 25. Katie NAUGHTON
Subs:  21. Claudia JENKINS (rgk), 9. Marijana RAJCIC, 18. Isabella SCALZI, 16. Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS

Cards:   Yellow – Campagnale 31′
Coach:  Huss Skenderovic

Melbourne Victory FC:   1. Bianca HENNINGER (gk), 2. Alexandra NATOLI, 3. Alex CHEAL, 4. Melissa TARANTO, 7. Lia PRIVITELLI, 8. Ayesha NORRIE, 9. Natasha DOWIE (c), 10. Christine NAIRN, 16. Samantha JOHNSON, 17. Gulcan KOCA, 19. Rachel ALONSO
Subs:  20. Bethany MASON-JONES (rgk), 25. Kariah WHITE, 14. Selin KURALAY, 15. Adriana TARANTO

Cards:      Yellow – Johnson 35′, Dowie 47′, Kuralay 80′
Coach:  Jeff Hopkins

Ratings and points

Referee: Katie Patterson  8/10
Assistant Referee 1: Samuel Kuys; Assistant Referee 2: Aaron Galanti; Fourth Official: Maddison Kennedy

Ground: 8/10
Game: 8/10

Player points:
3.  Natasha Dowie (MV)
2.  Stella Rigon (AU)
1.  Adriana Jones (AU)