Sydney FC 2 (Siemsen 77’, Ibini-Isei 90’) def. Adelaide United 0
Sydney FC has secured a vital three points at home following a 2-0 win against a resolute Adelaide United side.
Moments That Mattered:
- Siemsen Chance – 11’ – A misdirected clearing header finds the path of Siemsen but her resulting thumping shot finds the side netting.
- Bledsoe Save – 12’ – Bledsoe pulls off a great save with her feet following Araujo’s one-on-one effort.
- Huerta Chance – 31’ – Adelaide back off the Sky Blues midfielder and allow her to take an effort from 25 yards out which just misses the right hand post.
- Latsko Chance – 62’ – Foord beats her opposite number to whip in a wicked cross for Latsko who sees her goal bound shot just tipped over the bar by Willacy.
- Sayer Chance – 67’ – Sky Blues almost get the breakthrough after a one-on-one chance from Sayer is gobbled up by United’s keeper.
- Bledsoe Save – 68’ – Adelaide look to hit on the counter but Bledsoe is up to the task, thwarting Dawber in another one-on-one duel.
- Siemsen Goal – 77’ – Siemsen drives the ball back across the face of goal and deflects off the Adelaide defender to give Sydney FC the lead.
- Bledsoe Save – 81’ – Another brilliant one-on-one save from the W-League custodian as she stops a certain equaliser.
- Ibini-Isei Goal – 90’ – A 90th minute stunner from Princess as she takes a touch to set and blasts it into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards out.
A tight and tense half saw both sides feeling each other in sweltering conditions with the pair producing a handful of chances at either end.
The second stanza saw the game open up with the Sky Blues creating some chances to pull ahead of the travelling Reds.
Sydney FC’s constant pressure was rewarded deep in the half as Siemsen’s low driven cutback found its way past Willacy following a wicked deflection off Brooks.
Princess Ibini-Isei doubled the lead with one of the goals of the season as her thumping 25-yard effort found the top right-hand corner and secured all three points for the Sky Blues.
Sydney FC now turn their attention to an away game next Sunday afternoon against Canberra United.
What they said:
Ante Juric: “Adelaide are a solid outfit and don’t deserve to be where they are but in the end we showed our class. I thought we gave it everything today.
“I was very confident with our attacking flair (on the bench) and knew if it was tight, we would come over the top of them with the quality.
“We probably have a number of players, even the young ones, who deserve to start but 18 doesn’t go into 11 unfortunately.
“We’ll have a look but we need the strongest team to keep picking up points and next week against Canberra will be a tough game.”
Veronica Latsko: “My team mates and coaches have made me feel so at home here in Sydney.
[On playing her old teammates] “It was pretty nostalgic. I love the girls but when you’re playing, it doesn’t matter if they’re your best friend or your enemy; you play as hard as you can.
“They’re a good side but so are we and we showed it today. We have so many incredible players, I could name drop virtually the whole team.”
Sydney FC: 1. Aubrey BLEDSOE (GK), 2. Teresa POLIAS, 4. Elizabeth RALSTON (12. Natalie TOBIN 69’), 6. Chloe LOGARZO (19. Amy SAYER 61’), 7. Ellie BRUSH, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 10. Remy SIEMSEN, 11. Sofia HUERTA, 13. Veronica LATSKO (20. Princess IBINI-ISEI 66’), 14. Alana KENNEDY, 17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU.
Subs Not Used: 30. Trudy BURKE (GK).
Yellow Cards: 17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU 33’
Red Cards: None.
Adelaide United: 1. Sarah WILLACY (GK), 2. Emily HODGSON, 3. Kahila HOGG, 4. Mallory WEBER (6. Georgia CAMPAGNALE 82’), 5. Charlotte GRANT, 10. Chelsie DAWBER (8. Emily CONDON 73’), 11. Laura JOHNS, 14. Julia ASHLEY, 16. Dylan HOLMES, 18. Lais Dos Santos ARAUJO (12. Isabel HODGSON 66’), 22. Amber BROOKS.
Subs Not Used: 20. Evelyn GOLDSMITH (GK).
Yellow Cards: 4. Mallory WEBER 64’
Red Cards: None.
Ground: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium