Sydney FC shine on debut during the opening round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Club Championship defeating Iranian Champions Bam Khatoon FC 3-0 with a Fiona Worts double and Aideen Keane strike.
Sydney FC 3 (Worts 3’, Keane 44’, Worts 59’) def. Bam Khatoon FC 0.
Moments That Mattered
03’ – FIONA WORTS MAKES HISTORY – Sydney FC set the tone early with a right wing corner headed home on the goal line by forward Fiona Worts, marking the club’s first ever goal in Asia.
37’ – TENACIOUS DEFENCE FROM SYDNEY FC – Sydney FC kept their spirits high after a valiant joint effort to stop Bam Khatoon FC in their tracks.
44’ – AIDEEN KEANE MAKES IT TWO – Wrapping up the first half, Sydney FC’s Aideen Keane is played through by Ibini, dominates the opposition defence and shoots beyond the outstretched keeper.
58’ – WORTS UNSTOPPABLE – Fiona Worts slots home from centre of the penalty area after great work from Connors on the right channel.
What They Said: Coach Ante Juric: “I am extremely pleased with our performance and result considering we have only had a few days to acclimatise here in Uzbekistan.
“To get a good first up win against Bam Khantoon, a team completely filled with Iranian internationals, who recently played against Australia was very satisfying.
“We now need to recover and rest up, preparing for our next game. We know it’s going to be a difficult tournament but we will do our best to make our Sydney FC fans back home proud.”
Match Report: Sydney FC have begun their AFC Women’s Club Championship with an incredible 3-0 opening win over Iranian Champions Bam Khatoon FC at Jar Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
In the third minute a floating corner onto the goal-line gave the perfect opportunity for Sydney FC’s star forward Fiona Worts to dominate and score.
The Sky Blues gritty defence was nothing short of admirable after stopping a few close calls from their opposition. Goalkeeper Jada Whyman shined holding a strike from the opposition.
Before half-time dynamic forward Aideen Keane took advantage of a ball from Princess Ibini, slotting a strong kick underneath the advancing keeper, doubling Sydney FC’s score.
Worts proved to be unstoppable for Bam Khatoon FC receiving a brilliant cross from Shea Connors to slot the ball into the corner making the score 3-0 in the 58th minute.
The Sydney FC defence produced a master clash shutting out Bam Khatoon FC and at full-time, the Sky Blues had made history with an impressive 3-0 win over Bam Khatoon FC.
Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK) (30. Tahlia FRANCO (GK) 46’), 4. Tori TUMETH, 2. Margaux CHAUVET (25. Jessica SEAMAN 46’), 3. Charlotte MCLEAN, 5. Kirsty FENTON (7. Tegan COLLISTER 46’), 18. Taylor RAY, 21. Shay HOLLMAN, 22. Indiana DOS SANTOS, 20. Princess IBINI (24. Caley TALLON-HENNIKER 65’), 23. Fiona WORTS,13. Aideen KEANE (9. Shea CONNORS 46’).
Unused Subs: 40. Jasmine BLACK (GK), 6. Lucy JOHNSON, 14. Abbey LEMON, 17. Jynaya DOS SANTOS, 19. Zara KRUGER,
Yellow Cards: CHAUVET (5′), TUMETH (33’)
Red Cards: None
Venue: Jar Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Referee: Doumouh Albakkar (Lebanon)