Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League side coasted to a 4-1 over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium last weekend, but the match wasn’t as straightforward as the score line suggests.
Sydney FC-s Westfield W-League side coasted to a 4-1 over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium last weekend, but the match wasn-t as straightforward as the score line suggests.
Danielle Brogan, who is having a stellar season for Alen Stajcic-s side, said the Sky Blues were wary of their opponents.
“We went into the game knowing that Adelaide was a bit of a bogey game for us.”
“Their last win was against us and there have been some pretty close encounters, so that was in the back of our minds.”
After going 1-0 down, the Sky Blues responded with four unanswered goals, something that Brogan was very pleased about.
“It wasn-t the start we were after,” she said, “but we rectified that in scoring four goals.
“It was great to get three points away from home and we know the things we have to work on,” she added.
Leena Khamis returned to the side after a spell overseas and with Kyah Simon still to return, Brogan explained the difficulty that missing key players can cause.
“It-s been one of the hardest seasons with injuries and players being overseas. The defence has been well structured, but we-ve had to learn to adapt across the rest of the park.”
On a personal level Brogan is pleased with her own work.
“I-ve very hard on myself. I-m the fittest I-ve ever been and I worked very hard on that during pre season.”
The defender is a leadership figure in the squad and that is a position that she relishes.
“Wearing the captain-s armband for the first few games gives you a bit of extra confidence.”
“I like leading the girls around. Despite the extra pressure, I think my performance benefits with a leadership role.”
At the other end of the spectrum is the AFC Young Player of the Year, Caitlin Foord. Brogan needed little convincing to sing the praises of her teammate.
“Caitlin started the season injured, but she-s playing a great role. She-s a young and exciting player and is a nightmare for defenders. She-s having a huge impact coming off the bench,” Brogan enthused.
“She-s showing signs of a player that-s going to be great nationally and internationally.”
Foord may be stealing the headlines, but it is Danielle Brogan who is steering the Sydney FC ship.