Adelaide City claimed the silverware in the Women’s Premier/Division 1 Cup Final at VALO Football Centre on Friday night.
1237 spectators braved the winter weather to watch City defeat West Adelaide in a 6-1 demolition.
The match was preceded by a successful MiniRoos Gala Day which saw 600 through the gate to witness and participate.
City came rushing out of the traps in the game with the first goal of the night was scored by City’s Dylan Holmes in the 21st minute. Moments later, in the 29th minute, Chelsie Dawber scored City’s second goal.
Dylan Holmes scored in the 40th minute, bringing the half-time score to 3-0, with City holding a strong advantage over West Adelaide going into the second half.
Adelaide City’s dominance in the first half was reflected by the scoreline, with West Adelaide struggling to keep up with the strong side.
The first goal for the second half came in the 61st minute. Georgia Macri scored West Adelaide’s first, and only, goal for the evening, providing West Adelaide with some much-needed encouragement.
City’s Chelsie Dawber received a yellow card in the 63rd minute, however, this didn’t stop her momentum. Only minutes later, West Adelaide took another hit after Chelsie Dawber scored her second, and City’s fourth, goal for the match, in the 68th minute.
The fate of the game was all but sealed when Chelsie Dawber scored another two goals, one in the 76th minute, and the other in the 84th.
The match came to an end shortly after, with City proving too strong for West Adelaide.
Despite being leading goal scorer of the night with four goals, Chelsie Dawber missed out on Player of the Match, with it being awarded instead to City’s Nanako Sasaki.
The Women’s NPL Final Series returns this weekend, with Salisbury Inter playing Adelaide Uni, and Adelaide City taking on West Adelaide in a Cup Final rematch.
Stay tuned to find out who will be competing in the WNPL Grand Final on 14 September.
Words by Victoria Malavazos.