Holmes hoping to go out with a win as Reds look to move closer to maiden finals appearance

Dylan Holmes

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Outgoing Adelaide United Women captain Dylan Holmes is targeting a win over ladder leader Sydney FC Women in her final game for the club this season on Saturday night.

It would be a fitting send off for the Reds skipper at Marden Sports Complex, who will join Swedish champions BK Häcken for an undisclosed fee.

“I definitely want to win my final game for the club this season and put the girls in a really good position for the final two games for them to have a good chance of making finals,” Holmes said.

Adelaide won its fifth game of the campaign last weekend away at Newcastle Jets. Never before has the South Australians won six games in a Westfield W-League campaign and another three points will go a long to sealing a maiden finals berth.

In the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, Adelaide went down 2-1 against the Sky Blues. But Holmes felt the Reds were unfortunate not to earn a point on the road and said they should not fear a Sydney outfit that thrashed Perth Glory Women 6-2 in its last outing.

“I think we were definitely unlucky not to come away with something out of that game which should give us some really good confidence going into this game,” she said.

“We’re playing at home, in front of our home fans and coming off a really good win in Newcastle.

“So I think we should be coming into this game full of belief that we can get the three points.”

Dylan Holmes

Two matches are left after tomorrow night as the Reds currently sit in fourth place – four points clear of fifth-ranked Canberra United Women who gave a game in hand.

The 23-year-old admitted it was tough to leave the squad whilst on the brink of achieving an objective which has proven elusive. 

“I’ll definitely miss just seeing my best friends every day,” she revealed.

“I’ve grown up playing with a lot of these girls and I’m lucky that I get to do what I love alongside them so it’s definitely going to be sad not to see them every day.

“But I’ve full confidence that they can get it done (make finals) and I can’t wait to watch them.”

Holmes also reflected on the incredible rise during her second stint with the Club, having played every available match since the 2018/19 iteration.

“It’s been a bit crazy especially the last year,” said Holmes, who has scored three goals in 40 games.

“But I think a lot of hard work went in to it and it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

“The right opportunity came about and I just felt like I needed to take it and test myself at the next level.

“So I’m really excited to get over there and get started.”

Next match details:
Saturday, 6 March vs Sydney FC Women
Westfield W-League 2020/21 – Round 11
Kick-off 6.35pm ACDT
Gates open 5.35pm ACDT
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Broadcast: FOX Sports
Stream: Kayo Sports, MyFootball Live App

Adelaide United Women at Coopers Stadium 2021