Dawber delighted with brace and Reds’ performance

Chelsie Dawber has been on an absolute tear this season and that form continued on Friday after a clinical brace against Wellington Phoenix.

The forward bagged her ninth and 10th goals of the campaign to join Reds teammate Fiona Worts on double figures.

Dawber also equalled Reds’ all-time leading scorer Racheal Quigley with her 17th career finish in the process.

No player for Adelaide had ever reached 10 Liberty A-League goals in a single season, but that changed when two achieved that on the same day as Worts also got on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win.

Dawber and Worts have also caught Melbourne City striker Hannah Wilkinson in the 2021/22 Golden Boot race with the trio now all on 10 goals.

Dawber told Paramount+ in a post-match interview that she was thrilled to find the net and pleased with the entire display by the team.

“Pretty happy with the whole team performance,” Dawber said, who has scored 15 goals in her previous 17 matches, dating back to last year.

“I was lucky enough to get two goals and be up there with Hannah (Wilkinson) and Fi (Fiona Worts) so pretty happy with how I’ve been going so far.”

However, there was some concern when the 22-year-old appeared to hyperextend her knee.

Dawber returned to the field before later being substituted as a precaution.

She was confident she will be available for the Reds’ Pride Game at Coopers Stadium next Saturday against Melbourne Victory.

“I just landed a bit funny on my knee,” she revealed.

“It felt okay as I was playing but as I came off it just stiffened up a bit.

“So hopefully recover well, and be ready for the next game against Victory on Saturday.”

The Reds are on the brink of securing an elusive finals appearance, as they lie equal second on 24 points with matches remaining against title contenders in the aforementioned Victory and ladder leaders Sydney FC.

“I think we just need to keep doing, what we’ve been doing,” Dawber claimed.

“Believing in ourselves and performing each week, it will be a really important game against Victory.

“We’re really looking forward to playing Victory and Sydney and hopefully making finals.”