Adelaide unable to ruin Charley’s party

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Dub is back! And what a more appropriate way to celebrate the return from international break than with Heather Garriock’s last home game at Canberra United after news broke that she will be moving on at seasons end.

Canberra sitting at the middle of the table, could really use the 3 points today in the run into finals. But let’s be honest I think the rest of the league just need the Melbourne and Sydney teams to lose.

Adelaide United are well out of finals with their lonesome one win for the season. I was confident we could win this one, regardless of losing Malory Weber to injury against Newcastle Jets as well as the absence of star striker Mary Fowler who said adios in January.

Canberra held a lot of possession and did look like the better team in the early stages. The first exciting chance of the game came in the 8th minute from Canberra’s Elise Thorsnes’ volley crossed in from Simone Charley. Thankfully for Adelaide, her shot ended up in the carpark. 

Adelaide’s goalkeeper, Sarah Willacy, was forced to work for her money as Canberra came in hard on the counter thanks to a hell of a long ball finding Charley’s run. Followed by a Leena Khamis shot directly on goal in the 30th. Willacy produced a sensational save to knock it over the crossbar.

In the 33rd Nikola Orgill sent in a ball into the mixer and amidst Adelaide’s best efforts, it ends up on the left foot of Laura Hughes. Hughes is the first of the team to beat Willacy today with her shot on target just beating Sarah’s fingertips and it’s 1-0 to Canberra.

Isabel Hodgson soon ended the one way street with an equaliser smack bang on the 45th minute. Chelsie Dawber steals possession in the oppositions third and takes it the length of the pitch until she can slot through a beautiful ball to Hodgson, passing Roestbakken, and Isabel beats Sham Khamis to make it 1-1.

Again, smack bang on the 45th, as though half time never happened, Elise Thorsnes poleaxed Laura Johns during a challenge as Johns cops an arm to the face. Laura’s all G and like the strong defender she is, she’s up and going.

Adelaide started to find their feet a little but it was no bueno as Canberra responded with a Leena Khamis goal in the 68th. Simone Charley outrunning both Laura Johns and Georgia Campagnale, finds Khamis who then slots it in on the turn. Again, Willacy got her fingertips to the ball but was unable to stretch enough. 

Simone Charley in the 80th puts the icing on the cake with a header from a Thorsnes cross into the area. Charley makes it 3-1 and there’s only one person she wants to celebrate with, her coach Heather Garriock.

Canberra now get to head to the Sunshine State to face Brisbane Roar who will be desperate for a win in the lead up to finals and Adelaide get a bye. This means Adelaide will be going into their home game against Newcastle Jets knowing they wont play another game so let’s hope for a cracking contest where they give absolutely everything they have left.

By Rose Valente

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