Condon the youngest ever Adelaide United Lady Red

Emily Condon, centre, fights for the ball against Canberra United opponents Catherine Brown, left, and Kendall Fletcher in her W-League debut for Adelaide United on Sunday .  PHOTO: Getty Images.
Emily Condon, centre, fights for the ball against Canberra United opponents Catherine Brown, left, and Kendall Fletcher in her W-League debut for Adelaide United on Sunday . PHOTO: Getty Images.
Emily Condon bumps an opponent in a contest for the play. Photo: Getty Images.

Emily Condon bumps an opponent in a contest for the play. Photo: Getty Images.

Emily Condon contests the ball.  Photo: Getty Images

Emily Condon contests the ball. Photo: Getty Images

The Adelaide United Women’s League side from back left, assistant coach Joel Porter, assistant coach Paul Pezos, coach Ross Aloisi, assistant coach Geoff Hargreaves, middle row Jessica Nagel, Daila-Tais Borg, Emily Condon, team manager Caitlin Psaila, Daniela Di Bartolo, Alexandra Chidiac, captain Kristy Moore, Gabby Bentley, Bianca Gray, assistant coach Tracey Jenkins, trainer Carol Goddard, Isabella Scalzi, Laura Stockdale, Jessica Waterhouse and front left, Tegan Riding, Tiarn Powell, Lauren Steer, Jayah Brown, Alexandra Gummer, Sarah Willacy, Kelly Baltrop, goal keeper Melissa Barbieri, Rachael Quigley, Isabel Hodgson, Jessie Wharepouri, Jenna McCormick and Monique Iannella.  Photo: supplied

The Adelaide United Women’s League side from back left, assistant coach Joel Porter, assistant coach Paul Pezos, coach Ross Aloisi, assistant coach Geoff Hargreaves, middle row Jessica Nagel, Daila-Tais Borg, Emily Condon, team manager Caitlin Psaila, Daniela Di Bartolo, Alexandra Chidiac, captain Kristy Moore, Gabby Bentley, Bianca Gray, assistant coach Tracey Jenkins, trainer Carol Goddard, Isabella Scalzi, Laura Stockdale, Jessica Waterhouse and front left, Tegan Riding, Tiarn Powell, Lauren Steer, Jayah Brown, Alexandra Gummer, Sarah Willacy, Kelly Baltrop, goal keeper Melissa Barbieri, Rachael Quigley, Isabel Hodgson, Jessie Wharepouri, Jenna McCormick and Monique Iannella. Photo: supplied

Fifteen year-old Emily Condon is the youngest ever woman to play for the Adelaide United Lady Reds.  

The Port Pirie youngster made her debut in the team’s 2-0 win against Canberra on Sunday.   

Taking to the pitch at the 59-minute mark, Condon was on the ground 31 minutes and played well.  

“The coach said I played a great game,” Condon said. 

“It is a different game to what I am used to.”  

Condon said the game was more physical and played at a faster pace compared to competitions she has played in .    

Her soccer skills were on display in front of about 500 people at Burton Park. 

“It was a good feeling,” Condon said. 

“It was what I have been working towards, it was good to finally get there.”   

She was watched from the sidelines by her mother Kylie Condon, who was proud of Emily.  

“It was a fantastic game, she said. 

“I think Canberra thought they’d beat us, we  took it up to them.” 

Tributes were flowing for Condon on Facebook.

“A special congratulations to our very own Emily Condon for making her debut for the Lady Reds in their sensational 2-0 victory over Canberra United in the W-League over the weekend. Well done Emily,” the Northern Demons posted.    

Condon developed as a player in the Port Pirie Soccer Association and has also represented the Northern Demons.  

This time last year, she toured Brazil and Argentina with the Australian School girls Under 19 team.  

Since starting soccer at the age of seven, she has represented the state on multiple occasions. 

Her long-term goal is to play for the Matilda’s in the World Cup and the Olympics, but for now she is focussing on the Lady Reds.  

“At the moment I am trying to get more game time and get a spot in the team,” she said.  

Living in Port Pirie, she is commuting to Adelaide for training five times a week, a challenge that is much easier while on holidays from her school, St Mark's College in Port Pirie.  

Condon will now be eagerly waiting news of her possible selection against Western Sydney at Burton Park this weekend.  

Interstate games are coming up, and so there is a chance Condon’s soccer will take her to another city shortly.    

Her Ross Aloisi-coached Adelaide United side is having their best ever season since joining the league six years ago.    

The Lady Reds have also beaten Newcastle and Brisbane this year.