Adelaide keeps rolling with 3-1 ALW win

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  • Chelsie Dawber
    Association football player
  • Dylan Holmes
    Australian soccer player

Adelaide United continued their push for a maiden A-League Women's finals appearance, knocking off Canberra United at Viking Park for their third win of the season.

Goals for Dylan Holmes, Chelsie Dawber and Fiona Worts carried the Reds to the 3-1 win, the result leaving them fourth on the table after five matches.

Reds' coach Adrian Stenta said the win was crucial for his side establishing itself as a genuine contender, winning back-to-back matches for the first time this season.

"We've been a bit of a yo-yo side ... we haven't got a good record here in Canberra," he said.

"And we knew that they'd be really tough to beat because, for me, their season was on the line. To come away with the points after being challenged in the second half is really pleasing."

It took just nine minutes for them to take the lead, after a delicate chip from Emily Condon was headed down by Paige Hayward into the path of Holmes, with a hand from United custodian Keeley Richards unable to stop her strike from finding the net.

Adelaide doubled the lead five minutes before the half, Worts catching the Canberra defence napping and finding Dawber in an acre of space, with the in-form striker netting her fourth goal of the campaign.

Half-time substitute Ash Sykes immediately injected energy down the left flank, though, and Canberra looked a different side, before a cross from Allira Toby was met by Sykes' looping header which hit both the keeper and the post before finding the net.

The Green Machine completely controlled the second half and should have levelled on 68 minutes after a perfect lofted through ball from Karly Roestbakken was met by Michelle Heyman, but the United captain could only fire her header across the face of goal.

And against the run of play, the Reds would seal the deal with Worts finding space on the edge of the box and rolling a shot home with her left foot on 77 minutes.

Canberra now face a steep battle to make the top four, winless through five games with just two points to show for their season.

They had 18 shots to Adelaide's six, but again a lack of accuracy saw them slump to defeat.

"We came out firing (in the second half) and put them under pressure but I think we probably need to take our chances a bit more when we get into that final third," Sykes said.

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