Westfield W-League 2016/17 Round 10 Preview


Adelaide United Women will face the reigning champions in Melbourne City Women in Round 10 of the Westfield W-League 2016/17 season at CB Smith Reserve on Monday night.

Adelaide United Women remain on the hunt for their first win of their campaign, despite auspicious performances, which have not been favourable to the side in regards to results. With many positives and a build in momentum following their clash with Newcastle Jets Women, a triumph over the reigning champions could spark a resurgence for the remainder of the season.

Although much deserved of the three points, Adelaide United shared the spoils with the Jets, in a 2-2 battle last Thursday, while Melbourne City Women fell 2-3 to a powerful Perth Glory outfit at AAMI Park.

Adelaide United Women Head Coach, Huss Skenderovic acknowledged the strengths of his squad, but strongly believes their execution in front of goal still needs work, as their position at the foot of the ladder proves.

“We have continued to work on our execution in front of goal, as our attack is there and we create opportunities, but we don’t find the back of the net as much as we should,” Skenderovic said.

“I think it’s the mindset within the game that we are always concerned with playing out from the back and we haven’t worked on our finishing, but that just goes to show when you create chances, and the way I want to play, we can combine well, keep the ball and go forward a lot.

“It is a very dynamic game, but you have to be able to take your chances, we do everything well, but we must convert and score those golden opportunities.”

The Reds Women Boss is adamant that if his side can put their disappointment in the past and look forward with confidence, they can bring forth a challenge to City.

“We will give it another crack, and if we can put the disappointment of the draw against the Jets behind us really quickly, it might give us another opportunity to move on to this next game against Melbourne City, and hopefully snatch three points,” Skenderovic continued.

“I think with Melbourne City’s recent form and performances, they will be a bit more predictable in their game, than what the Newcastle Jets were last Thursday night, they were very physical.

“City will focus on around playing with the ball as much as they can, and we will have to be really on top of our game structurally, to steal the ball off of them as much as possible, in order for them not play their game.”