Worts discusses Sydney defeat, looks forward to first final

Fiona Worts

Fiona Worts was left disappointed after Adelaide United’s narrow 1-0 loss to Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

The result snapped the Reds’ three-match winning streak and Worts said despite the fact they could not move higher than third place on the ladder, they were determined to win the clash.

“I think the game definitely mattered to us,” Worts told Network 10 after the last game of the regular season.

“We wanted to win the game, we wanted to keep the momentum going into finals.

“Obviously we didn’t do that today so it’s a bit disappointing but we’ll pick up and go again.”

The English forward, who also clinched the Liberty A-League 2021/22 Golden Boot with 13 goals in 14 matches, believed her side struggled to retain possession.

“We just didn’t keep the ball very well,” she admitted.

“I don’t think we got close enough to each other, they were putting a bit of pressure on and we just didn’t keep the ball well enough.

But Adelaide can now put that defeat behind them as they prepare for its maiden finals match. 

Worts was looking forward to the challenge of facing Melbourne Victory.

In the two previous encounters this season, the Reds suffered a 5-1 loss on the opening matchday and in the penultimate round recorded a 3-0 triumph.

“Obviously it’s exciting, first final, first home final,” she continued.

“We’ve beaten them here only a couple of weeks ago, so definitely something to look forward to and should be a good game.”