Sydney FC have gone down to Western United in a top of the table clash in which Sky Blues winger Princess Ibini became the youngest Liberty A-League Women’s player to make 100 appearances aged 22 years old.
Sydney FC 0 def. by Western United 2 (Keane 18’, 35’)
Moments That Mattered:
KEANE GOAL – 18’- MacDonald is set clear despite a hint of offside and her cross is parried into the path of Taranto who nudges the ball back to Keane to slot home.
HUNTER SHOT SAVED – 25’ – Haley lays the ball off to Hunter just outside the box and her shot is saved low down by Beal.
KEANE GOAL – 34’ – A cross into the box isn’t cleared properly and Keane pounces to strike the ball home from near the penalty spot.
HOLLMAN OFF THE LINE – 74’ – A right wing corner falls in the Sky Blues six yard box as MacDonald tries to poke it home but Shay Hollman clears it off the line.
OFFER DIVING SAVE – 90′ – A shot from distance by Taranto is pushed wide by Offer.
HALEY SHOT SAVED – 94′ – Ibini’s shot from distance is parried and Haley’s follow up is tipped around the post for a corner.
What They Said: Head Coach Ante Juric: “It was a disappointing performance all round.
“We clearly didn’t play at our best, and we had some players playing below their usual high standards.
“Western made it tough for us and I’d say deserved the win in the end.
“We will get back to training, learn from the loss, work harder and have a focus on our next game.”
Sydney FC’s Princess Ibini became the youngest player in Liberty A-League history to make 100 appearances and only the Sky Blues second ever centurion behind Teresa Polias.
However the celebration was cut short by a clinical Western United team who capitalised on two chances and scored two goals.
Hannah Keane hit the brace pouncing on two free shots from inside the penalty box.
A warm afternoon meant big chances were few and far between as the Sky Blues return from a third consecutive away game in the space of eleven days with six points.
Sydney FC: 30 Katie OFFER (GK),3. Charlotte MCLEAN, 6. Sarah HUNTER (8. Rachel LOWE, 9. Madison HALEY, 11. Cortnee VINE (25. Rola BADAWIYA 56’), 12. Natalie TOBIN (C) (4. Anna GREEN 82’), 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY (2. Mary STANIC-FLOODY 82’), 16. Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE, 19. Charlize RULE, 20. Princess IBINI-ISEI, 21. Shay HOLLMAN.
Unused Subs: 60. Tahlia FRANCO.
Yellow Cards: Haley 45’, Hunter 46’,
Red Cards: None
Western United: 21. Hillary BEAL, 2. Stacey PAPADOPOULOUS, 5. Aimee MEDWIN, 8. Jessica MCDONALD, 9. Hannah KEANE (13. Danielle STEER 75’), 11. Emma ROBERS (18. Aleksandra SINCLAIR 75’), 15. Adriana TARANTO (14. Natasha DAKIC 90′), 16. Melissa TARANTO, 19. Tyla Jay VLAJNIC (10. Kahli JOHNSON 79’), 20. Sydney CUMMINGS, 22. Alana CERNE.
Unused Subs: 1. Alyssa DOLLOSTE.
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None
Venue: City Vista Recreation Park.
Referee: Kate Jacewicz.