Sydney FC 2 (Siemsen 40’, Vine 48’) def Adelaide United 1 (McNamara 65’)
Sydney FC have increased their lead at the top of the Westfield W-League to five points (until Brisbane play tonight) with a 2-1 win over joint 3rd placed Adelaide United at Cromer Park in Manly.
Moments That Mattered:
- SIEMSEN CHANCE – 20’ Siemsen combines with Ray and Wheeler and when the final pass is nudged back into her path by an Adelaide United, defender Remy manages to get a toe on the ball but it’s saved by the keeper Grove.
- SIEMSEN GOAL – 40’ – Teresa Polias floats the corner into the six yard box and it’s Remy Siemsen who is there to head home from close range.
- VINE GOAL – 48’ – Another header from a Teresa Polias corner but this time it’s Cortnee Vine inside the six yard box to nudge the ball home.
- MCNAMARA GOAL – 65’ – A cross from the Sydney FC left hand side is headed home by McNamara.
- WHYMAN GREAT SAVE – 78’ – Sydney FC lose the ball in defence and Rojas has a one on one with Whyman but the keeper is equal to it, producing a match winning save.
- OFF THE BAR – 90’+2’ – A deflected effort loops onto the Sydney FC crossbar in the dying minutes to preserve the lead.
- IBINI CHANCE – 90’+4’ – Ibini races clear and shoots but the Adelaide keeper is able to stand up and parry the ball away in the final action of the game.
Sydney FC are five points clear at the top of the Westfield W-League with only two games remaining after goals from Remy Siemsen and Cortnee Vine gave the Sky Blues a 2-1 victory at Cromer Park in Manly.
Both goals were headers inside the six yard box from the ever dangerous Teresa Polias corners.
Siemsen netted just before half time while Vine struck immediately after the break.
United’s Matilda McNamara scored with 25 minutes remaining to make it a tense final period for the Sky Blues however they were able to hang on and move closer to the W-League Premiership.
Ante Juric’s side head to Western Australia on Thursday to play Perth Glory.
What they said: Ante Juric: “I thought we dominated the game. We were solid, we probably didn’t create as many chances as we would have wanted to but it was nice to get three points.
“We’ve tried to focus a little bit more on set pieces this year to find another avenue to goal, so I’m happy with that and Teresa has been spot on with her delivery and the girls are starting to enjoy it.”
Ally Green: “It got pretty physical and we made it harder for us at the end.
“We didn’t keep the ball as well as we could have and that made it tough but I’m glad we could score the goals and still get the three points.”
Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK), 2. Teresa POLIAS, Charlotte McLEAN, 5.Ally GREEN, 6.Clare WHEELER, 10.Remy SIEMSEN (9. Allira TOBY 82’), 11.Cortnee VINE (8. Rachel LOWE 71’), 12.Natalie TOBIN, 18.Taylor RAY (15.Mackenzie HAWKESBY 71’), 19.Charlie RULE (17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU 56’), 20.Princess IBINI.
Subs: 40. Eliza CAMPBELL (GK).
Yellow Cards: Ray 59’, Polias 90’, Toby 90’+1’
Red Cards: None.
Adelaide United: 18. Annalee GROVE, 3. Matilda McNAMARA, 4. Mallory WEBER, 5. Charlotte GRANT, 6. Georgia CAMPAGNALE (15.Meleri MULLAN 64’), 7. Maria ROJAS PINO (2. Emily HODGSON 85’), 8. Emily CONDON (13.Ella TONKIN 81’), 10.Chelsie Dawber, 12.Isabel HODGSON, 16.Dylan HOLMES (c), 17.Kahlia HOGG (21.Lara KIRKBY 64’), 19.Maruschka WALDUS.
Subs: 1.Sian FRYER-MCLAREN (gk).
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None
Venue: Cromer Park
Referee: Rebecca Durcau.