Women’s A-League: Canberra United lose 3-1 at home to Adelaide United | Canberra weather

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Canberra United’s search for their first women’s A-League win of the season continues despite a spirited second-half comeback on Saturday. Vicki Linton’s side lost 3-1 to Adelaide United at Viking Park to remain anchored in penultimate place in the standings with two draws and three losses. Trailing 2-0 at half-time after two defensive gaps marred by an otherwise even first half, the injection of Canberra veteran Ash Sykes for the start of the second half knocked over the steam. The 30-year-old looked dangerous from the start and her pressure paid off in the 57th minute as she sent a loop header past goalkeeper Annalee Grove from an alluring cross from Allira Toby. It was Sykes’ first goal in the competition since January 2018. With Matildas-linked Karly Roestbakken shooting dangerous crosses from the straight, Canberra looked destined to equalize. But a 77th-minute strike from Fiona Worts against the run of the game gave Adelaide a break and edged out the competition’s traditional wrestlers in the top four. It was a fitting reward for Worts, whose sublime through pass just before half-time allowed Chelsie Dawber’s strike to make it 2-0. Canberra dominated possession (58%) and had 18 shots against Adelaide’s six. But the hosts must have regretted missed opportunities and bad luck. MORE SPORT FROM CANBERRA: Canberra forward Michelle Heyman should have equalized in the 69th minute with a beautiful Roestbakken ball, but her close-range header from an unmarked position missed. It capped another frustrating outing for the competition’s all-time top scorer, who managed to put a cannon shot back in the first half to the left post. Earlier, Adelaide opened the scoring in 10 minutes after Dylan Holmes’ right-footed volley proved too hot for Canberra goalkeeper Keeley Richards. A potential injury to Chloe Middleton’s left thigh added to Canberra’s woes. She was replaced by Sykes at the half-time break. ADELAIDE UNITED 3 (Dylan Holmes 9m, Chelsie Dawber 40m, Fiona Worts 77m) bt CANBERRA UNITED 1 (Ash Sykes 57m) on Saturday at Viking Park. Referee: Kate Jacewicz. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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