Premiers Plate Chance In Sydney FC’s Hands After Adelaide Win

Sydney FC can lift the Premiers Plate next Saturday afternoon at Allianz Stadium if they win their next two games, after comfortably beating Adelaide United 3-0 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Goals from Rachel Lowe, Natalie Tobin and Mackenzie Hawkesby saw off the visitors in an excellent display.

Canberra defeated Western United 3-0 to put the Premiers Plate back in Sydney FC’s hands.

Sydney FC 3 (Lowe 14’, Tobin 66’, Hawkesby 78’) def. Adelaide United 0

Players congratulate skipper Nat Tobin

Moments That Mattered:

WHYMAN SAVE – 8’ – Whyman tips over a long range shot from Murray.

HAWKESBY CHANCE SAVED – 12’ – Vine’s right wing cross is flicked goalwards by Hawkesby at the near post but Grove reacts quickly to push around the post.

LOWE GOAL – 14’ – Tobin shoots from distance but it takes a ricochet and leaves Lowe free on goal, she nudges the ball under the keeper and walks it into an empty net.

LOWE SHOT SAVED – 49’ – Rachel takes the ball on her chest, turns and shoots but Grove is down low to push around the corner.

IBINI DENIED BY FABULOUS SAVE – 51’ – Lowe wins the ball back and feeds Ibini wide on the left but her curling effort is tipped around the post.

TOBIN GOAL – 66’ – A corner from the right falls to Tobin in the box and she lashes a left boot at it and into the back of the net.

VINE CHANCE SAVED – 75’ – Vine wins the ball off the back four and is one on one with the keeper but Grove saves with her legs.

VINE CHANCE BLOCKED – 77’ – Haley gets clear to the byline and pulls the ball back to Vine but Hodgson blocks to stop a certain goal.

HAWKESBY GOAL – 78’ – Haley lifts the ball to Ibini on the left, she gets to the byline and cuts the ball back for Hawkesby who guides the ball home from close range.

Celebrating Rachel Lowe’s opener.

What They Said: Ante Juric: “Very pleased with the result.  More pleased with the second half performance, I think first half we struggled a little bit.

“The fluency came in the second half, it was an important game and the pressure was really pleasing.

“We were always confident Western might drop some points but we always focused on ourselves and making sure we won to give us a chance.

“We’ve got some players coming back as well so we are going well for the last couple of games.”

A chance goes begging for Vine.

Match Report: Sydney FC’s Premiers Plate title hopes are in their own hands if they win their next two games after they demolished Adelaide United this afternoon.

Rachel Lowe opened the scoring on 14th minutes as she latched onto a Tobin deflected shot.

The skipper got on the scoresheet herself in the second half when the ball fell to her in the box at a corner.

Mackenzie Hawkesby put the result beyond doubt late in the second half with a third after good work from Ibini.

Western United’s defeat to Canberra leaves the destiny of the Plate in Sydney FC’s hands if they win their next two games, starting with Perth on Wednesday night at Netstrata Jubiless Stadium.

Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN, 3. Anna GREEN, 6. Sarah HUNTER, 8. Rachel LOWE (9. Madison HALEY 74’), 11. Cortnee VINE (5. Kirsty FENTON 80’), 12. Natalie TOBIN (C), 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY, 16. Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE, 19. Charlize RULE, 20. Princess IBINI-ISEI (14. Abbey LEMON 87’), 22. Indiana DOS SANTOS (2. Mary STANIC-FLOODY 87’).

Unused Subs: 30 Katie OFFER (GK).

Yellow Cards: None.

Red Cards: None.

Indiana Dos Santos became Sydney FC’s youngest ever starting player at 15 years old.

Adelaide United:  1. Annalee GROVE (GK), 2. Emily HODGSON, 6. Jenna MCCORMICK (28. Chrissy PANAGARIS 84’), 11. Isabel HODGSON, 12. Nanako SASAKI (13. Ella TONKIN 78’), 14. Meisha WESTLAND, 15. Katie BOWLER (7. Melindaj BARBIERI 76’), 16. Dylan HOLMES, 19. Maruschka WALDUS, 22. Emilia MURRAY, 23. Fiona WORTS.

Unused Subs: 26. Grace WILSON (GK), 9. Paige HAYWARD.

Yellow Cards: Murray 33’,

Red Cards: None

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Referee: Rachel Mitchenson