Deborah-Anne de la Harpe has just picked up her first piece of silverware after lifting the Premiers Plate but she is hungry for more.
This will be the Irish international’s first match in the Liberty A-League Finals Series and she can’t wait to get started this Sunday against Western United.
“Honestly, I’m just excited. Not nervous or anything, just excited,” she said.
“I think it is a great opportunity to get the double and I am really looking forward to Sunday afternoon.”
Her opponents for this semi-final clash are Western United who have pushed the Sky Blues to be at their very best this season and with the meetings at one win a piece, it promises to be a fantastic encounter at Allianz Stadium.
“They’re a very solid unit and they’re very strong on the ball so we need to win the physical battles,” the defender said.
“Our last game against them was a great game and we’ve built so much from it.
“We just need to play our game and get on the front foot early,” she said.
The defender has been a key utility player for Ante Juric this season and with the international break allowing an extended period between the end of the season and the finals series, her team are hungrier than ever.
“Everyone wants to be playing in the semi so there has been lots of competitiveness among the group.
“We are just continuing to train at the highest level possible which is what makes us so successful,” de la Harpe said.
Taking a moment to reflect on the season that has been, de la Harpe is really happy with her time at Sydney FC so far.
“I’ve really loved this season and I’ve learned a lot playing in a more defensive role.
“I think it is a real encouragement that Ante [Juric] sees my versatility as a strength.
“Picking up my first bit of silverware and to be part of such a history making group along with girls I’ve grown up playing with, was indescribable really,” the number 16 said.
“It was such a huge achievement.”
Sydney FC and Deborah-Anna de la Harpe will be looking to go one better this season and win the Grand Final but first they must navigate their way around Western United in this Sunday’s semi final.
It promises to be a tense and action-packed match which kicks off at 5:45pm at Allianz Stadium.
Sydney FC v Perth Glory
Isuzu UTE A-League Round 24
Sunday 16th April, 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick off: 3:00pm AEST
Gates Open: 2:00pm AEST
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Bold
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