Sydney FC have destroyed Canberra United 6-0 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium to further maintain their lead at the top of the Liberty A-League.
Maria Rojas scored a hat-trick on her starting debut while there were also goals for Princess Ibini, Rachel Lowe and a stunning strike from Ally Green.
Sydney FC 6 (Rojas 28’, 41’ 64’, Green 62’, Ibini 83’, Lowe 87’) def Canberra United 0
Moments That Mattered:
ROJAS CHANCE – 1’ – Rojas charges onto a pass forward and gets to the ball just ahead of the keeper who had come out of her box, but Rojas can’t quite turn a shot on goal.
ROJAS GOAL – 28’ – Rojas is brought down in the box after running onto a Hawkesby through ball. She picks herself up to place the ball to the keeper’s bottom left from the spot.
LOWE CHANCE – 35’ – Hawkesby plays a superb ball forward to Lowe who races clear but the ball just doesn’t quite sit for her to shoot and she lays it off to Rojas whose strike is caught by Richards.
ROJAS GOAL – 41’ – Keir tries to play a pass back to the keeper which Rojas latches onto and produces a delightful lob over the keeper into the corner.
HEYMAN CHANCE – 47’ – Heyman finds herself in the clear and shoots low but Whyman is down low to save.
SYKES & WHYMAN COLLIDE – 59’ – Sykes is played through, takes a touch and lunges at the ball colliding with Whyman. Both players look injured and Sykes has to come off while Whyman can continue.
GREEN GOAL – 62’ – Green gets the ball on the left wing touchline and sends over an incredible looping shot which finds the far top corner.
ROJAS CHANCE – 63’ – Green’s ball through puts Rojas away and she shoots with her left foot but the keeper tips over.
ROJAS GOAL – 64’ – Hawkesby floats over a left wing corner which finds Rojas at the back post to coolly volley home for her hat-trick.
ROJAS CHANCE – 70’ – Rojas does brilliantly to beat two players with her quick feet but the keeper is out fast to smother her shot.
HAWKESBY CHANCE – 73’ – Hawkesby is sent clear and shoots but Richards produces a fabulous diving save.
IBINI GOAL – 83’ – Ibini races clear in the opposition half and bears down on goal to slot the ball beyond Richards.
LOWE GOAL – 87’ – Lowe is played in behind by Ibini for the Sky Blues and races on towards goal to slot it beyond the keeper.
Sydney FC have maintained their lead at the top of the Liberty A-League after a 6-0 thrashing of Canberra United at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
After a cagey first half an hour the Sky Blues took the lead from a penalty spot after Maria Rojas was fouled in the box.
The Chilean made it 2-0 just before half time with a delightful lob over the keeper and completed her hat-trick in the second half with a well timed volley from a corner.
That made it 4-0 as two minutes earlier Ally Green had struck a wonder goal from the left wing touchline.
Canberra had put up a fight but that began to fade in the last ten minutes with both Ibini and Lowe being sent in behind to finish well in 1 on 1 situations.
What They Said: Ante Juric:- “We won’t be getting carried away. If you get carried away you cop it but obviously we are very pleased.
“We’ve got great strength in depth and when we lose players to international duty (Siemsen & Vine) we have some great players to come back in.
“I’m particularly happy for Rojas and Satchell who came in and did very well.”
Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN, 3. Charlotte MCLEAN, 5. Ally GREEN (13. Natasha PRIOR 85’), 6. Sarah HUNTER, 8. Rachel LOWE, 9. Maria JOSE ROJAS (18. Taylor RAY 72’), 12. Natalie TOBIN, 14. Paige SATCHELL (16. Khali JOHNSON 65’), 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY, 19. Charlie RULE (4. Jessika NASH 85’), 20. Princess IBINI.
Unused Subs: 20. Katie OFFER (GK).
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None.
Canberra United: 1. Keeley RICHARDS (GK), 3. Mikalya VIDMAR (17. Sasha GROVE 74’), 5. Lauren KEIR, 6. Laura HUGHES, 7. Chelsee WASHINGTON, 8. Margot ROBINNE, 12. Allira TOBY (13. Alexia KARRYS-STAHL 74’), 14. Ashleigh SYKES (9. Holly CASPERS 59’), 20. Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (11. Chloe MIDDLETON 65’), 23. Michelle HEYMAN ©, 25. Allyson HARAN.
Subs: 18. Chloe LINCOLN (GK).
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None.
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
Referee: Isabella Blaess.