Westfield W-League Round 6 | Preview

Key Info |

Following a tough away trip to Perth, Canberra United will hit the road again in Round 6 of the Westfield W-League, as they head to Adelaide to take on the Lady Reds on Sunday afternoon.

United are unbeaten on the road this season, having defeated the Newcastle Jets 3-2 in Round 3 before being held to a draw by the Glory last Friday night. 

United were in control for the majority of the match against Perth, but a 90th minute goal from Glory defender Kim Carroll denied Canberra all three points.

Heather Garriock and her squad have worked on ways to close out games throughout training this week, and will be looking to put that into practice when they face an Adelaide side desperate for their first points of the campaign.

No team in the competition has had a tougher draw to start the season than Adelaide, who has already played competition heavyweights Melbourne City, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers. 

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Nikola Orgill in action the last time the two sides met in Adelaide. Photo: Getty Images.

But the Lady Reds have more than matched it against strong opposition and, with one of the League’s best defenders in Amber Brooks down back, combined with rising star Mary Fowler up front, have the talent to beat any team in the competition.

United will enter the match without star forward Katie Stengel as she deals with an ankle injury, although the likes of Simone Charley and Elise Thorsnes will still provide plenty of firepower up front for the visitors. 

Co-captains Nikola Orgill and Karly Roestbakken have been in superb form in defence, while midfielder Olivia Price continues to be one of the most underrated players in the entire Westfield W-League. 

With star power on either side, and with both teams desperate for the three points heading into Christmas, this clash is sure to be an entertaining one. 

 

Thoughts from our coach |

On bouncing back from last week… 

“Overcoming adversity is what we’re all about. Conceding in the 90th minute last week was not good, but we like to overcome adversity and we need to bounce back and get three points this weekend.”

“It was disappointing that we didn’t convert our chances and the girls know that, we’ve spoken about that, so hopefully we can see some exciting goals on Sunday.” 

On Adelaide…

“I think they’re a really good team. I think they’ve been unlucky in some of their results so they’re going to be hungry and we know it’s going to be a really tough game for us.” 

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Katie Stengel will miss this weekend's clash with an ankle injury. Photo: Michael Daniels

Squads |

Adelaide United Squad: 1.Sarah WILLACY (gk), 2.Emily Hodgson, 3.Kahlia HOGG, 4.Mallory WEBER, 5.Charlotte GRANT, 6.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 7.Ciara FOWLER, 8.Emily CONDON, 9.Mary FOWLER, 10.Chelsie DAWBER, 11.Laura JOHNS, 12.Isabel HODGSON, 14.Julia ASHLEY, 16.Dylan HOLMES, 18.Lais ARAUJO, 20.Evelyn GOLDSMITH (gk), 22.Amber BROOKS (c) **two to be omitted**

Ins: 8.Emily CONDON (promoted), 7.Ciara FOWLER (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

Canberra United Squad: 1.Annalee GROVE (gk), 2.Laura HUGHES, 3.Kaleigh KURTZ, 4.Jessie RASSCHAERT 5.Nikola ORGILL (c), 6.Emma STANBURY, 7.Simone CHARLEY, 8.Olivia PRICE, 10.Camila PEREIRA, 11.Elise THORSNES, 12.Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG, 15.Ashlie CROFTS, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Shamiran KHAMIS (gk), 23.Lauren KEIR **one to be omitted**

Ins: 15.Ashlie CROFTS (promoted), 23.Lauren KEIR (promoted)

Outs: 17.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS (not selected)

Unavailable: Katie STENGEL (ankle – 3 weeks)

 

Match details |

Adelaide United v Canberra United

Sunday 22 December – Kick off 3:30pm (Local), 4pm (AEDT)

Marden Sports Complex 

Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 and ABC TV, Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au) and the MyFootball Live App.

Follow the match on Twitter using #WLeague #ADLvCBR