Sydney FC 1 (Badawiya 53’) def. by Canberra United 1 (Heyman 4’, Brush 87’)
Sydney FC have gone down to a late Canberra United header from Ellie Brush in the nation’s capital.
Moments That Mattered:
LOWE CHANCE -1 ’- Haley slides Lowe through in the opening seconds with only the keeper to beat but her shot fires against the keeper’s body.
HEYMAN GOAL – 4’ – Heyman shoots from outside of the box and the ball bounces into the bottom corner of the net.
JALE MISSES OPEN GOAL – 37’ – Heyman cuts the ball back from the byline and Jale unbelievably hits over from close range.
BADAWIYA GOAL – 53’ – Half time substitute Badawiya charges down goalkeeper Lincoln’s clearance and goes on to roll the ball into the empty Canberra net.
VINE SHOT SAVED – 66’ – Vine is put clear but Lincoln is equal to her shot and deflects it wide for a corner.
BRUSH GOAL – 87’ – A corner from the right is headed home by former Sky Blue Ellie Brush.
What They Said: Ante Juric: “We are disappointed in the result and all round performance.
“We set our standards high and we didn’t live up to them today.
“Canberra have always been difficult to play away and they played well today, taking their chances which we didn’t do.
“We are still in a very good position in terms of the season and ladder, so we will learn from today to make us stronger in our ucoming games.
“There is everything to play for and we are looking forward to this challenge ahead.”
Match Report: Sydney FC have suffered a late defeat to Canberra United in warm conditions in the nation’s capital.
Michelle Heyman opened the scoring early on with a long range shot after Rachel Lowe had missed an early chance.
The Sky Blues had two calls for a penalty turned down and went into the break a goal down.
Badawiya pounced on a mistake from the Canberra keeper Lincoln early in the second half to level the scores and the Sky Blues pushed for a winner.
However they were dealt a sucker punch late on when Brush headed home from a corner.
Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK),3. Charlotte MCLEAN, 5. Kirsty FENTON, 6. Sarah HUNTER 8. Rachel LOWE (2. Mary STANIC-FLOODY 64’), 9. Madison HALEY (25. Rola BADAWIYA 45’) 11. Cortnee VINE, 12. Natalie TOBIN (C), 19. Charlize RULE, 20. Princess IBINI-ISEI (, 21. Shay HOLLMAN.
Unused Subs: 30 Katie OFFER (GK), 16. Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE.
Yellow Cards: Fenton 87’.
Red Cards: None
Canberra United: 18. Chloe LINCOLN (GK), 4. Holly MURRAY (14. Chloe MIDDLETON 69’), 6. Laura HUGHES, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 8. Sasha GROVE, 10. Grace MAHER, 11. Grace JALE, 12. Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (5. Emma ILIJOSKI 45’+1′), 17. Vesna MILIVOJEVIC, 19. Nikoletta FLANNERY (24. Ellen GETT 90’), 23. Michelle HEYMAN © (3. Grace TARANTO 90’+3’).
Unused Subs: 1. Keeley RICHARDS (GK).
Yellow Cards: Brush 21’.
Red Cards: None
Venue: McKellar Park
Referee: Kelly Jones