A severely under strength and experimental Sydney FC recorded a strong 3-1 triumph over Melbourne Victory
A severely under strength and experimental Sydney FC recorded a strong 3-1 triumph over Melbourne Victory in the W-League curtain raiser to Kevin Muscat-s testimonial match at the new AAMI Park on Friday night.
With seven regulars on national team duties in China, two Danish internationals and six others missing due to injury and work commitments, the young Sky Blues squad made the always tough trip to Melbourne and left with an outstanding win.
The defending Westfield W-League champions- side consisted of some of last year-s side as well as a number of new recruits, trialists and three invitational players and with goals to Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord and Danielle Brogan proved no match for Melbourne.
Getting on the score sheet was all the more sweeter for Brogan, who was making her return from a knee reconstruction in November last year.
Coach Alen Stajcic said that on top of winning, he was encouraged by the performances of some of his new chargers.
“It was a satisfying performance and gave me a good indication of what to expect from some of the upcoming youngsters for the new season,” Stajcic said. “Teresa Polias and Sham Khamis were among the best performers on the night.”
“All in all it was a great experience for all the players, great to play in a fantastic new stadium and good to see some of the future talents on display.”
Sydney FC-s W-League team that defeated Melbourne:
Sham Khamis, Alesha Clifford, Tenealle Hay, Danielle Brogan, Linda O-Neill, Ann Mayo, Alanna Kennedy, Teresa Polias, Caitlin Foord, Heidi Makrillos, Nicola Bolger, Tara Andrews, Loren Mahoney, Sharni Brown.