By Chloe Lau
Adelaide City fell short to Metro United after a tense, 2-1 loss in 2020 WNPL SA season-opener at TK Shutter Reserve on Friday night.
Metro’s Milly Scott opened the scoring for the hosts just minutes before half-time, but Nanako Sasaki’s tap-in from a goalmouth scramble in the 50th minute cancelled out her
However, Metro skipper Chrissy Panagaris unleashed the winning strike past goalkeeper Kendall
Jenner in the 69th minute, after an interception by Lauren Stockdale in midfield.
City piled on the pressure in the final 10 minutes of the game to try and snatch an equaliser, as
Grace Abbey, Nanako Sasaki and Tiarn Powell all attempted shots from outside the box.
Unfortunately, Metro’s defence held on strong and rode out the press, in turn earning their first win
against the Black and Whites since April 2018.
With all five of City’s starting W-League players still away, plenty of younger players got the
opportunity to rack up valuable game time with the first team.
Jasmine Franks, Chrissie Zikos and Eva Grasso impressed in their positions – with Franks playing the full 90 minutes in her official senior debut game.
Adelaide City coach Max Primaro shared his thoughts on the game post-match:
“It was a good hit-out against a good team – they’re a very experienced side and they defended well.
“We came out strong in the second half, [but unfortunately] two marking errors sort of let us down and Metro capitalised on it,” Primaro said.
“Overall, I’m happy with our first hit out! A lot of the young ones came on today, and we also came
out with a couple of players who were injured – they did well as well and gave everything they had.
But Metro’s experience got them over in the end.
“The players are looking forward to get back on track, and we’ll fine-tune a few things – [for
example] today we sort of broke down a little bit in the attacking third. In saying that, we’re just
going to get better each game.
Adelaide City look to next week’s clash against Adelaide Comets, in another double header at Oakden next Saturday, the 14th March.