Reds down Sydney thanks to Murray header

Adelaide United has opened the Liberty A-League campaign with an impressive 1-0 win over Sydney FC in Adelaide thanks to an 87th minute winner.

The goal came in the final minutes of an enthralling clash with both sides creating a stack of chances in wet and blustery conditions on Sunday.

Sydney had the first clear chance on five minutes through Cortnee Vine but her shot was well saved by Annalee Grove.

United worked their way back into the contest after eventually mastering the conditions, and used the strong wind to their advantage.

The Reds had two chances before halftime with Condon instrumental in both.

Sydney attacked first after the interval with Vine again using her pace in the 50th minute, racing on to a through ball and shooting low and hard forcing a quality save from Grove.

The visitors almost broke the deadlock from the resulting corner, with a goal-mouth scramble calling Grove into action for the second time in a minute.

Five minutes later and United carved out a great chance to open the scoring after a quick throw-in from Hayward found Fiona Worts inside the area. The ensuing cutback found Dawber whose curling effort went just past the post.

On 87 minutes the Reds finally opened the scoring with a stunning effort from substitute Murray.

Dawber broke on the right and carried the ball down the wing before a pass to the edge of the penalty area. Murray ran across the box and exquisitely lofted a header over the approaching Whyman who could only watch the ball sail over her head.