Kirsty Fenton knows that despite two results that haven’t gone in Sydney FC’s favour, three home games to bring the season home are vital.
Fenton was absent during Saturday’s late heart-break against Melbourne City but is back and raring to go for the challenge of Adelaide United this Saturday at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium as her team-mates look to retain the Premiers Plate and return back to the top of the table.
Her Sky Blue team-mates were robbed of three points by a late Melbourne City equaliser on Saturday afternoon but the 19-year-old believes that the togetherness of the group will pull them through.
“We go out on the field and play for each other. We played well last week but we can’t dwell on that, we just need to move forward and focus on the next game.
“You can’t change the past so there’s no point looking back, we just have to work hard to not let that happen again,” the left-back said.
Coming up this weekend, is the challenge of Adelaide United who stole three points from Ante Juric’s team at the first game of the season.
During that 90 minutes, Sydney FC failed to click together and since then they have performed well while Adelaide have found the going tough.
“Even though we lost last time, we’re still going to put out best foot forward but most importantly for me is that it brings a fire in us to want to win it this time.”
Normally by this point, the Liberty A-League season would have started finals, however in the elongated season, three games remain for the Sky Blues and despite the heavier loads on the body, Fenton sees light at the end of the tunnel.
“It gets a bit heavy on the body every now and then but we have the right physios, good coaching staff and they help look after us.
“I have had a couple of issues this season but being back in the team, training this week has been great,” Fenton said.
Fenton made the move from her family home in Newcastle to join the Sky Blues at the start of the season and credits her settling in so well, down to the cohesion of the group.
“At the start it was very hard to make the move from your hometown but from day dot the girls have been amazing and comforting and the culture is amazing.
“You want to be home but I’m excited every day I spend with these girls, it’s like a family.”
The young left back has made an impact on the Liberty A-League since her debut for the Newcastle Jets and her name has been on the list as a potential for the Matildas recently.
With a Young Matildas scholarship already to her name, the Novocastrian has her feet firmly planted on the ground.
“It’s every girl’s dream to be in the Matildas after working so hard but at the moment my focus is with Sydney FC.
“I don’t look at external news about myself, I have focus right now, and that focus is Sydney FC,” Fenton concluded.
Before the next international break, Sydney FC have three final matches to conclude the regular season. All three matches are at home and they will be hoping for maximum points as they chase top spot.
Photos by Dan Ullman.
Sydney FC v Adelaide United
Liberty A-League Round 19
Saturday 25th March 2023
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah, NSW
Kick Off: 3pm AEDT
Gates Open: 2pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramout+, 10Play & DubZone
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