Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League side take on Newcastle Jets this Sunday, in what is certain to be a high quality encounter.
Sydney FC-s Westfield W-League side take on Newcastle Jets this Sunday, in what is certain to be a high quality encounter.
Sydney FC have had a mixed start to the season, notching a win, a draw and a loss, whilst Newcastle had the bye in the first round before collecting two wins on the bounce.
Midfielder Renee Rollason, a goal scorer in the 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar in round 1, has been impressed by Newcastle-s flying start to the season and is hopeful that the Sky Blues can raise their game in order to get the right result.
“They-re a young side with lots to prove,” Rollason said. “The start of our season hasn-t been as good as we expected, but it-s still early days. There-s plenty to improve on.”
The signs are there, however. Although defeated by Canberra United last week, Sydney FC will be looking to draw the positives from a much improved performance that could well have yielded all three points were it not for Canberra goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
“We were a lot better against Canberra than we were in the previous two,” Rollason said. “We just need to work on our finishing and staying composed in front of goal in order to take our chances.”
Midfielder Rollason pinpointed two Matilda-s stars as potential threats to Sydney FC-s ambition, and they are players well known to Westfield W-League and Australian football fans alike.
“Emily van Egmond will be a massive threat in midfield and they have lots of speed up front, particularly with Lisa De Vanna. Our back line and midfield will have to be at the top of their game,” Rollason said.
She is optimistic, however, that Sydney FC can cope with the threat, in what is sure to be a fascinating encounter, adding: “Danielle Brogan has been in great form at the back and our midfield is strong, with a lot to prove. I think it will be a really good game.”
Westfield W-League, Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC Saturday, November 12. Adamstown Oval. Kick off: 3pm.