An Alex Chidiac brace and dynamic performance helped Adelaide City to a 4-1 come-from-behind win over West Adelaide in Saturday afternoon’s PlayStation 4 Women’s National Premier League Grand Final.
By Michael Barabaro
The championship win was the City women’s first of the WNPL era, but it was the dominant performance along with the result that left their loyal support base pleased.
With a 4pm kick off in beautiful spring weather, the match got off to the worst possible start for Adelaide City.
Antonia Lupoi in the first minute drew first blood, with a shot from outside the area, beating Zafiro Papanikitas at her far post.
But City were level within ten minutes, through their captain Tiarn Powell.
Powell received the ball just outside the penalty area before unleashing a drive into the bottom right corner which beat Hellas’ goalkeeper Sarah Willacy.
Three minutes later, City almost had the lead.
Alex Chidiac’s through-ball found Daniela Di Bartolo, but the winger was denied by a great save by Willacy.
However, on the 20 minute mark, her side took the lead.
Di Bartolo again found space on the left before having her initial shot saved again by Willacy, but the Hellas goalkeeper was unable to deal with the follow up as Chidiac made no mistake and put the City girls ahead.
In the 37th minute, Powell thought she had doubled the lead as she tapped in from Alicia Nickolas’ cross, but the assistant referee had raised her flag for offside.
But City did double their lead two minutes before half-time, through Chidiac.
Di Bartolo found Chidiac with a delightful through-ball after a brilliant turn in the midfield and the Matilda Chidiac rounded the keeper before turning the ball into the net.
City looked good value for their half-time 3-1 lead, and controlled the game well into the second half.
The result was confirmed in the 74th minute, as City got another goal to kick-start the celebrations for the City faithful at Coopers Stadium.
Chidiac again was through on goal and was taken down as she tried to round Willacy, and Georgia Campagnale stepped up and converted the resulting penalty and gave City a resounding 4-1 win.
Adelaide City defender Grace Abbey was named Grand Final Player of the Match