Lady Reds looking to respond against Sydney


Adelaide United’s Women’s Team will be aiming for the strongest of replies when they take on Sydney FC at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.

Adelaide United-s Women-s Team will be aiming for the strongest of replies when they take on Sydney FC at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.

After promising back-to-back performances against Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar where the Lady Reds were unlucky to lose 2-1 on both occasions, coach David Edmondson acknowledged the 4-0 loss to Melbourne Victory was well below par.

But he admitted his side is already on track to turn in another spirited effort against last season-s runners up.

“It was very disappointing both in terms of the result but also in terms of the performance,” he said.

“We are better than we showed last Saturday and we need to move on from last week and look to get back to the way we were playing before last weekend.”

“The girls have already responded positively. They were disappointed in their performance and know they are better than that. They, as a group, have decided to be harder on themselves and each other to demand better performances both in training and in games.”

Edmondson said despite the loss last week and the quality of opponent on Saturday, the Lady Reds wouldn-t be changing too much ahead of facing off against Sydney FC.

“We will prepare the same as we prepare every week,” he said.

“We-re looking to develop our way of playing and ensuring that we individually and collectively know our roles and responsibilities within the game plan.”

“We know it will be a tough game, but every game in this league is and we will keep working hard and keep trying to improve.”

At the half-way mark of the 2011/12 campaign the Lady Reds are still searching for their first points of the season.

Despite a pair of unlucky results against the Roar and Glory where United could have snatched a point if not all three, Edmondson said the Lady Reds- aspirations haven-t changed from the start of the season.

“The girls obviously want to get some points on the board and to win some games, but they know that the only thing they can control is their personal and collective team performances,” he said.

“After that if a decision or two goes our way and we get the rub of the green, results will follow. If we all do our jobs to the best of our ability – that is all that we can ask.”

Adelaide United v Sydney FC
Saturday 26 November 2011
Hindmarsh, Stadium, Adelaide
Local kick-off: 2.30pm
Live on ABC TV
Ticket Prices: Adults $5, Concession and Kids 15 & Under $2

Adelaide United squad: 1. Sian MCLAREN (gk) 3.Anna GREEN, 4. Daniela DI BARTOLO, 5. Abby ERCEG (c), 6. Ebony PHILCOX, 7. Racheal QUIGLEY, 8. Leanne SLATER, 9. Marijana RAJCIC, 11. Ashleigh GUNNING, 12. Greta FRENCH-KENNEDY, 13. Vanessa REED, 14. Donna COCKAYNE, 15. Emma CHECKER, 16. Grace HENRY 17. Katherine EBBS, 18. Georgia MACRI, 19. Nenita BURGESS, 20. Kristi HARVEY (gk)
* three to be omitted

In: Nil
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Angela Fimmano, Ruth Wallace (both injured)

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Allison LIPSHER (gk), 15. Thea SLATYER, 3. Danielle BROGAN (C), 5. Estelle JOHNSON, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 4. Renee ROLLASON, 10. Kylie LEDBROOK, 2. Teresa POLIAS, 9. Sarah WALSH, 12. Teigen ALLEN, 8. Caitlin FOORD, 13. Brittany WHITTFIELD, 7. Heather GARRIOCK, 19. Leena KHAMIS, 20. Monique JACKSON (gk)

In: Leena Khamis (returns from overseas), Danielle Brogan (returns from injury)
Out: Rachael Soutar, Chloe Logarzo (both omitted)
Unavailable: Kyah Simon (injured), Victoria Balomenos (injured – season)