Preview: Wanderers v Adelaide


The Western Sydney Wanderers Westfield W-League team will face 2020/21 surprise packets Adelaide United in a must-win clash this Sunday at Marconi Stadium. 

Wanderers members have FREE entry to the match. 

The Wander Women have only three points to show from their opening five games and are languishing in eighth spot on the ladder, six points away from the fourth-placed Reds.

The Red & Black simply have to secure a win if they are to have any hope of reaching postseason action.

The Wanderers went down 3-0 away to Canberra United on Saturday, with a first-half double from Michelle Heyman and an own goal handing the Green Machine a well deserved win. 

It was a game of missed chances for Dean Heffernan’s side with the Wanderers having 14 shots on goals to Canberra’s 10. 

However, they were only able to force four saves from debutant Keeley Richards in the Canberra goal with their inaccuracy not doing justice to the opportunities created.

Libby Copus-Brown was energetic in the middle of the park, intercepting the ball a number of times and linking up well with Teigan Collister and Georgia Yeoman-Dale, who both provided run and drive throughout the game. 

Tiegan Collister

At the back, Nikola Orgill was kept busy making several crucial tackles, while veteran Caitlin Cooper again toiled hard. Keeper Sarah Willacy also made her Wanderer’s debut and pulled off a quality save in the second half to deny Laura Hughes.

In the end though, the chances went amiss and Canberra were the runaway winners. 

Adelaide United have been the feel good story this season with Adrian Stenta’s team sitting in a finals spot with three wins and two unlucky losses to start the season.

The Reds went down 1-0 to Melbourne Victory on Friday night after Catherine Zimmerman winner in the 78th minute was enough for the Victorians to clinch the win. 

Adelaide have never made the Finals and a win on Thursday night against the Wanderers would be valuable result come the end of the season. 

Emily Condon

Dylan Holmes, Emily Condon and Maria Jose Rojas have been in strong form this season for the Reds and will keep the Wander Women busy in what promises to be an absorbing encounter. 

The teams split last season’s meetings. The Wanderers won 2-1 in the season opener at Marconi Stadium thanks to a late Kyra Cooney-Cross winner, while the Reds triumphed 3-2 at MARS Sports Centre in the return match. 

Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United
Sunday 7 February 2021, 4:05pm
Marconi Stadium