Fantastic Sydney FC Youngsters Take Derby Honours

Sydney FC 3 (Vine 26’, Ibini 60', 86') def. Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Sydney FC’s young guns have produced an excellent opening day performance to defeat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 at BankWest Stadium thanks to goals from new recruit Cortnee Vine and a stunning brace from Sky Blues star Princess Ibini.

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Celebrations following Princess Ibini's stunning goal. (Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Moments That Mattered:

1. SIEMSEN CHANCE – 9’ – Great build up play through Ibini and Ray to find Vine on the wide right.  The youngster’s low cross is cleverly flicked goalwards by Siemsen but Newbon is down to save.

2. RAY GOES CLOSE - 11’ – A right wing Sydney FC corner is headed clear but only as far as Taylor Ray who controls and flashes a 20-yard effort just wide of the right upright.

3. SIEMSEN HITS THE BAR – 25’ – A fabulously lofted ball from Vine        over the back line finds Siemsen, but the golden boot winner’s cushioned shot hits the bar and goes over.

4. VINE GOAL – 26’ – It’s roles reversed as Siemsen feeds Vine with     brilliant pass and the new recruit drills the ball smartly beyond Newbon’s outstretched left hand.

5. HAWKESBY CHANCE – 40’ – More fantastic build up play from Ray and Vine who find Siemsen. The striker’s excellent cutback allows Hawkesby to shoot first time and it takes a brilliant low down save from Newbon to prevent the midfielder from making it two.

6. IBINI GOAL – 60’ – Ibini receives the ball on the left edge of the box, jinks inside and fires an unbelievable right foot shot into the Wanderers top corner to increase the lead.

7. IBINI GOAL – 86’ – More fantastic build up through Polias, Hawkesby and Toby leads to Ibini finding space inside the box and slotting the ball home to complete the rout.

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Princess Ibini celebrates after her second goal of the game. (Photo by Jaime Castaneda @jamcas50)

Sydney FC have dominated rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in the opening game of their Westfield W-League season winning 3-0 to go top of the ladder tonight.

The Sky Blues young squad were on top from the opening whistle taking the lead in the 26th minute through Vine, following great work from Siemsen.

Chances for Ray and Hawkesby could have put the Sky Blues further ahead, but it was five year loyalist Ibini who finished off the red and black with a fabulous long range strike and a decisive finish after the break.

The result puts down a marker for the young Sydney FC squad who travel to face Newcastle Jets next on Friday, January 8th.

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Cortnee Vine fires home the opening goal of the clash.

What They Said: Ante Juric:-

“I feel pretty good, we were always ready to play someone because we were quite fit and we worked hard, so I was confident but in terms of the result I’m very happy.

“I’ve spoken to Prinny a little bit and she needs to deliver. I think she realises she’s not 17 or 18 anymore.  She needs to be the person who steps up for us and if she plays well she can go to the Matildas and potentially World Cups and Olympics, so she knows what is at stake for her.

“She stood up today and was mature.  She did the right things and worked hard defensively so I can’t be happier.”

Double Goalscorer Princess Ibini:-

“I’m really happy to get the win and end 2020 on a high. Everyone has played really well.

“As I’m getting older I feel I’m getting wiser in my movement and will keep working on my game.

“Our attack has developed really well, we have played together before at Young Matildas so it’s only getting better from there and I’m really excited to play with everyone this season.”

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Ellie Brush solid in defence.

Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2. Teresa POLIAS (c), 3. Charlotte McLEAN, 5. Ally GREEN (17.Angelique HRISTODOULOU 90’), 7. Ellie BRUSH, 10. Remy SIEMSEN (9. Allira TOBY 76’), 11. Cortnee VINE (8. Rachel LOWE 58’) , 12. Natalie TOBIN, 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY, 18. Taylor RAY (16. Claudia CHOLAKIAN 90’) , 20. Princess IBINI.
Subs Not Used: 30. Katie OFFER (GK).

Yellow Cards None.

Red Cards: None.

Western Sydney Wanderers:  20. Courtney NEWBON (gk), 2. Caitlin COOPER (c), 4. Margaux CHAUVET, 5. Courtney NEVIN, 6. Olivia PRICE (15. Rosie GALEA 67’), 7.Chloe MIDDLETON, 9.Bryleeh HENRY (14.Aideen KEANE 75’), 10.Libby COPUS-BROWN, 11.Danika MATOS, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE (12.Julian-Ann RUSSELL 45’), 19.Leena KHAMIS (16.Isabel GOMEZ 45’).

Subs Not Used: 1.Sarah WILLACY (gk).

Yellow Cards: Chauvet 5’, Khamis 14’,

Red Cards: None.

Ground: BankWest Stadium.

Referee: Kelly Jones.