Sydney FC have moved seven points clear at the top of Liberty A-League after convincingly defeating second placed Melbourne City 3-0 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Two goals from Rachel Lowe and a first Sydney FC strike for Paige Satchell were enough while Jada Whyman equaled the Women’s League record for consecutive clean sheet with seven.
Sydney FC 3 (Satchell 33’, Lowe 44’, 74’) def Melbourne City 0
Moments That Mattered:
ROJAS BIG CHANCE – 7’ – Hawkesby wins the ball and drives up the left wing before setting Satchell clear to use her pace. The Kiwi beats a defender and plays a cross on the floor to Rojas. A City defender gets a foot to the ball and it falls to the Chilean but her first time shot is saved by Barbieri.
GREAT SHOT MCLEAN – 14’ – A corner is cleared to Mclean who is around 25 yards out and she unleashes a fabulous shot which Barbieri has to push around the post.
WHYMAN SAVES WELL – 27’ – A Sydney FC back pass gifts the ball to Stott in a one-on-one situation but Whyman is out quick and low to save well and keep her clean sheet intact.
SATCHELL GOAL – 33’ – Hawkesby wins the ball in the middle of the park and plays in Rojas who finds Ibini out wide right. Ibini is onside and crosses the ball to Satchell at the back post. The ball sits up nicely for her to volley beyond Barbieri for her first Sydney FC goal.
LOWE GOAL – 44’ – A brilliant through ball from Ally Green finds Rachel Lowe clear of the defence. She bears down on goal and shapes to shoot to the far post but tucks it inside the near post sublimely.
CITY GOAL DISALLOWED – 48’ – A corner comes over and is headed home by Checker but it’s disallowed for a foul on keeper Whyman.
GREAT SAVE WHYMAN – 58’ – Wilkinson gets fed through and gets the ball onto her left foot to shoot across Whyman but she dives full length to keep her record equalling ambitions intact.
SATCHELL CHANCE – 63’ – Satchell gets clear of the defence again using her pace but her shot across the keeper is just wide.
LOWE GOAL – 74’ – Lowe volleys home from near the penalty spot to net her second of the game after Green’s free-kick is lifted over the City defence.
Sydney FC have defeated rivals for the Premiers Plate and second placed Melbourne City 3-0 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium to move seven points clear.
A Rachel Lowe double and one goal from Paige Satchell did the damage in a fantastic performance from the Sky Blues, who are still missing Matildas Remy Siemsen and Cortnee Vine.
Satchell opened the scoring in the first half after good interplay between Hawkesby, Rojas and Ibini.
Lowe was put clear by Ally Green just before half time and produced an exquisite finish to fool Barbieri.
The combination was at it again late in the second half when Green’s free-kick found Lowe unmarked in the box and she made no mistake to complete the rout.
Sydney FC saw out the game without conceding giving goalkeeper Jada Whyman a record equaling 7th Liberty A-League Women’s consecutive clean sheet.
What They Said: Jada Whyman:- “The girls have defended brilliantly through all the games this season.
“The clean sheets go to the keeper but the amount of defence the girls do makes my life easier.
“So it’s seven clean sheets for Sydney FC.”
Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN, 3. Charlotte MCLEAN, 5. Ally GREEN, 6. Sarah HUNTER (21. Shay HOLLMAN 80’), 8. Rachel LOWE, 9. Maria JOSE ROJAS (18. Taylor RAY 59’), 12. Natalie TOBIN, 14. Paige SATCHELL (4. Jessika NASH 80’), 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY, 19. Charlie RULE, 20. Princess IBINI (17. Ange HRISTODOULOU 86’).
Unused Subs: 30. Katie OFFER (GK).
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None.
Melbourne City: 23. Melissa BARBIERI (GK) (1. Sally JAMES (GK) 83’), 3. Darcey MALONE (22. Naomi THOMAS-CHINNAMA 83’), 5. Tori TUMETH, 7. Winona HEATLEY, 8. Kaitlyn TORPEY (2. Marisa VAN DER MEER 71’), 10. Rhianna POLLICINA (4. Chelsea BLISSETT 68’), 13. Rebekah STOTT, 15. Emma CHECKER, 17. Hannah WILKINSON, 18. Leah DAVIDSON (16. Meisha WESTLAND 71’), 19. Tyla Jay VLAJNIC.
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None.
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson.