By Chloe Lau
Adelaide City ran amuck with a 4-2 win in last night’s Grand Final rematch against arch rivals Metro United in Round 5 of the WNPL at VALO Football Centre.
Games against Metro United have always been physical and highly entertaining, and it delivered again in the top-of-the-table clash last night. The Black and White’s strong and clinical performance now see them clear on top of the ladder by three points.
Metro drew first blood within the first 10 minutes, when Chrissy Panagaris headed in the goal off the back of a corner kick, after City failed to clear their lines.
City had their best opportunity for an equaliser at the half-hour mark, when Tiarn Powell latched onto a poor pass between the Metro defence and caught their keeper off her line. However, her strong strike strayed just wide of the goal.
City’s reply came just a few minutes later, when Chelsie Dawber was bundled down in the box. She converted coolly from the spot, placing a mark on her first game back in the starting line-up.
Georgia Campagnale ensured that City headed into the sheds during half-time on the front foot, by scoring a stunning free-kick goal from outside the 18-yard box to make it 1-2.
Whilst the first half saw relatively even actions by both teams, City went back into second half looking more dominant and threatening out of the two.
Tiarn Powell finally got on the scoresheet in the 67th minute, when she got onto the end of a defense-splitting pass to slot a goal into the bottom right corner, past the outstretched hands of the Metro ‘keeper.
It is not an Adelaide City game without a Daniela Di Bartolo special – she put the final nail in the coffin when she went on a solo run past her defenders and put the ball at the back of the net with a fiery strike.
Metro’s Panagaris pulled a consolation goal back right at the dying minutes of additional time when she volleyed a pinpoint cross from Stella Rigon past goalkeeper Kendall Jenner. However, it was not enough to dampen the spirits of the City team, and provided some great entertainment for the audience on a chilly Friday night.
Daphne McLeod shared her thoughts on the 4-2 win post-match.
“It was obviously a very intense game, but we’re so happy that we came away with the win.”
“We held our shape and just practice what we did during the week, and obviously came away with the win. I think we’re now top of the table, clear of few points, so we’re super happy.”
“The half-time message [from the coach] was just to clean up a few little things in defense, and try not to concede any [goals]. So any free kicks, and set pieces, as that’s kind of the main way that Metro are used to scoring.”
“Unfortunately, we did concede [a goal] in the second half, but I think we did well otherwise”
Adelaide City will play against West Adelaide next Friday, 8:00PM at West Beach Parks Football Centre.
Metro United 2 (Panagaris 7’ 90+1’)
Adelaide City 4 (Dawber 36’(p), Campagnale 41’, Powell 67’, Di Bartolo 82’)
Lineup: 1. Kendall Jenner (GK), 2. Alicia Nickolas, 4. Daniela Di Bartolo, 5. Alyce Macauley, 6. Nora Peat, 8. Dylan Holmes, 10. Chelsie Dawber (Yuka Sasaki 55’) 12. Georgia Campagnale, 17. Tiarn Powell (68’ Bianca Gray), 19. Daphne McLeod, 33. Nanako Sasaki (84’ Alison Atkins)
Unused subs: 3. Matilda McNamara, 20. Arisa Iino (GK)