WNPL GRAND FINAL – Adelaide City vs West Adelaide match report By Euan James (@euanajames_)
|WNPL GRAND FINAL – Adelaide City vs West Adelaide match report By Euan James (@euanajames_)
Adelaide City defeated West Adelaide 2-1 late in extra time at Coopers Stadium in the 2019 WNPL Grand Final. The win capped off the perfect season for Andrew Calderbank’s side, as they won every trophy that was on offer.
Although, it was West Adelaide who started the brighter of the two sides. Christie Hillyer was forced off through injury early on but that didn’t deter them. As just five minutes in, they opened the scoring through Anna Pritchard. City keeper, Kendall Jenner failed to deal with the first corner of the game and Pritchard was there to tap it in, handing Hellas the advantage.
City were under the pump in the first fifteen minutes but a golden chance for Daniela Di Bartolo went begging. She somehow fired over the bar from point-blank range after a corner found her unmarked at the back post.
In the 18th minute, another chance for City and Di Bartolo was put wide. She was fed through on goal after some fancy footwork and a great through ball from Campagnale.
The drinks break provided City manager Andrew Calderbank with the opportunity to give his side a talking to and they came back fired up. In the 35 minute, Chelsie Dawber whipped in a delicious cross from the right but Di Bartolo again couldn’t connect with it properly at the back post.
On the stroke of half time, there was yet another golden opportunity for City. Chelsie Dawber was fed through on goal but the West Adelaide goalkeeper Justine Hall closed down the angle enough for her shot to sail just wide.
The beginning of the second half saw the game open up a lot more. City pushed forward and found openings in the West Adelaide defence but were unable to capitalise.
The second half drinks break gave City boss Calderbank the opportunity to give his final team talk and it worked. The girls came out inspired and found that all-important equaliser. In the 71st minute, Isabel Hodgson finished off a goalmouth scramble after Nano Sasaki floated in a free-kick.
Seven minutes before full time, Hodgson again found herself free in the box but headed well over. Dawber tried to find the winner as well but couldn’t beat Hall in the Hellas goal. City had another late chance through Campagnale but it wasn’t to be as the referee blew the full-time whistle and extra time beckoned.
As you’d expect, extra time was a tightly contested half an hour. Both sides had chances and couldn’t be separated until the final minute when City struck the killer blow. Chelsie Dawber went through on goal and her shot hit the post – luckily for City, Georgia Campagnale was there to tap it in and bring the trophy home.
Winning the 2019 Grand Final capped off the perfect season for Adelaide City as they made history by winning the treble.
Adelaide City 2 (Hodgson 72’, Campagnale 118’)
West Adelaide 1 (Pritchard 5’)
Lineup: 1. Kendall Jenner (GK), 2. Alicia Nickolas, 4. Daniela Di Bartolo (15. Bianca Gray 97’), 5. Alyce Macauley, 3. Matilda McNamara, 8. Dylan Holmes, 12. Georgia Campagnale, 33. Nanako Sasaki, 40. Yuka Sasaki (7. Isobel Hodgson 52’), 17. Tiarn Powell (C) (16. Isobel Dahlen-Flight 71’), 10. Chelsie Dawber
Unused subs: 11. Abbey Lucas (GK), 13. Alison Atkins