The Sydney FC W-League team continued the trend of painting Sydney Sky Blue by replicating the A-League team’s 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers to claim the first W-League Sydney Derby at Leichhardt Oval this afternoon.
The Sydney FC W-League team continued the trend of painting Sydney Sky Blue by replicating the A-League team-s 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers to claim the first W-League Sydney Derby at Leichhardt Oval this afternoon.
A first half strike from striker Emma Kete was enough to split the two teams in what was an entertaining and physical match.
The game started with the fire you would expect from a Derby with both team throwing themselves into tackles in the early stages.
It was Sydney FC who settled into gear first, taking control of the first half although Western Sydney had the first good chance of the game when former Sydney FC striker Sarah Walsh shot wide.
Sky Blues defender Alana Kennedy fired a shot across the Western Sydney bow soon after with powerful header before Emma Kete put her name in W-League history with the first goal in a Sydney Derby when she found the back of the net with a drive from the edge of the penalty area to give Sydney FC a 1-0 lead.
The teams went to half time with Sydney FC holding onto the 1-0 lead and after the break the match started to open up on what is a large pitch at Leichhardt Oval.
Despite the extra space neither side managed to create any clear-cut chances until the final ten minutes when both teams had chances to score, only to be thwarted by excellent last-ditched defending.
The 1-0 victory leaves Sydney FC undefeated after two matches following last week-s 3-3 draw with Newcastle Jets.
Sydney FC will now brace itself for a grudge match with rivals Brisbane Roar when the two most successful teams in W-League history meet at Cleveland Showgrounds in Brisbane next Saturday afternoon (3 November).
Sydney FC 1 (Emma Kete 21) d Western Sydney 0
Referee: Peta McCallum