Adelaide United have closed on securing a maiden A-League Women finals berth as Chelsie Dawber and Fiona Worts leapt to the top of the Golden Boot standings in a comfortable 4-1 win over last-placed Wellington Phoenix.

Adelaide United versus Wellington Phoenix

  • Adelaide beat Wellington 4-1 in Friday's A-League Men's match.
  • United's Chelsie Dawber and Fiona Worts are tied atop the Golden Boot standings with 10 goals each.
  • Wellington remain last in the ladder with Adelaide jumping to third.

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Dawber and Wellington's Grace Jale traded goals in the fifth and 25th minutes before Phoenix youngster Zoe McMeekin's horror own goal handed Adelaide the upper hand in the 34th minute

Worts added Adelaide's third in the 55th minute, with Dawber's second four minutes later sealing victory in a game moved from Thursday night to Friday evening due to a storm at Wollongong's WIN Stadium.

In the process, the Adelaide duo drew level with Melbourne City's Hannah Wilkinson in the Golden Boot race lead with 10 goals.

But United will sweat on Dawber, who was substituted in the 78th minute after hyperextending her knee.

"I'm pretty happy with the whole team performance," Dawber told Paramount Plus.

"I was lucky enough to get two goals and be up there with Hannah and Fi. So I'm pretty happy with how I've been going so far

"I just landed a bit funny on my knee down there. I felt okay when I was playing but as I've come off it's stiffened up a bit.

"Hopefully it'll recover well and I'll be ready for the next game against Victory on Saturday (February 26)."

Adelaide sit third behind City on goal difference, ahead of two tough final regular-season games against fourth-placed Melbourne Victory and leaders Sydney FC.

"We just need to keep doing what we've been doing: believing in ourselves, performing each week," Dawber said.

"It'll be a really important game against Victory, I think that will set the tone for the rest of the season."

Wellington coach Gemma Lewis lamented the first-half own goal, when McMeeken blindly hit a thumping backpass past goalkeeper Brianna Edwards and into her own net.

"We were a bit of the makers of our undoing really because when you put the ball in the back of your net like that, then after that it was their heads went down and they were a bit gutted," Lewis said.

"We talked at half-time, I felt like they were already a bit defeated as soon as that goal went in, and again, it just shows the the learning curve for this team.

"People make mistakes and we've seen it in this league a few times, there's been a couple of goals scored from backpasses already the season.

"But Zoe's 17. She's gonna make mistakes, she's learning and it's hard for her to pick herself back up after that, but the rest of the team, for me, heads went down and I wasn't too thrilled with the response."


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