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Dawber at the double again

Chelsie Dawber

Chelsie Dawber scored twice in the second-half to help Adelaide United secure a crucial 3-0 win against Western Sydney Wanderers at Marconi Stadium on Friday night.

Dawber latched onto the end of a Fiona Worts through ball to clinically dispatch her one-on-one finish on 55 minutes to double the advantage.

With three minutes left in regulation time, she struck again after finishing off an incisive attacking move which culminated in Reona Omiya playing a pass out wide to the 22-year-old and her angled shot found the bottom corner.

That brace takes Dawber’s tally to six for the season, her best return to date.

She has also scored 11 goals in her past 13 matches dating back to the last campaign.

“I think I did pretty well,” she told Paramount+ following full-time.

“But it was a great team performance overall. We came out straight out after the game delay firing and I think that set the tone for the rest of the game, so pretty happy with our whole team performance.”

It was a hard-fought battle throughout the entire 90 minutes and the forward believed they competed extremely well against Western Sydney’s physicality.

“I don’t think we’re a very dirty or physical side ourselves,” she said.

“But we came to the game and we matched their physicality and we came out with a win in the end.”

Back-to-back victories has Adelaide in a strong position, as they lie equal second with 15 points on the Liberty A-League table.

However, Dawber insisted the Reds were not taking anything for granted after the agony of missing out on finals football by one goal last season.

“We missed out by one goal last year,” she continued.

“So we know every game is very important going into towards the end of the season.

“It’s only a 14-game season, so we know that each week we need to come in and take the three points and go again next week.”

Adelaide now turns its attention to Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium as part of a double header on Friday.