Sky Blues Cruise To W-League Semi-Finals

Summary

Sydney FC 4 (25’ Logarzo, 31’ Foord, 41’ Cooper, 46’ Siemsen) def. Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (87’ Waldus).

Sydney FC have cruised into the Westfield W-League Semi-Finals with a dominant, comprehensive 4-1 #SydneyDerby win at Seymour Shaw on Sunday.

Goals to Chloe Logarzo, Caitlin Foord and Caitlin Cooper in an all-Sky Blue first half saw the home side take the ascendancy into the break in warm conditions in the Sutherland Shire.

Remy Siemsen started the second half the same way first half finished, scoring moments after the restart with a calm effort, before the heat took its toll as the tempo slowed, with the play opening up.

The Wanderers claimed a consolation goal three minutes from time as Maruschka Waldus popped up in a sea of bodies to head home, however it mattered little as the Sky Blues closed out the game to shore up second place on the Westfield W-League ladder.

Attention now turns to the Westfield W-League Finals Series, with the Sky Blues hosting a home Semi-Final at Leichhardt Oval against the Newcastle Jets on Saturday 10 February (kick off 4:45pm AEDT).

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Kylie Ledbrook slides in to make a challenge.

What They Said

Head Coach Ante Juric: “It was a solid performance, today’s performance was good. The last couple of weeks we’ve grinded out results a little bit, but it thought today we were more football orientated in the way we played,” Juric said.

“It’s good we were making goal scoring chances and I hope in the Finals Series we capitalise on that more. We don’t talk about our undefeated run, I just talk about effort and doing all the things that have brought our success and now we need to do that again next week.

“The mood is really good, they’re confident, they’ve got belief and they’re not arrogant. We’ve got world class players, but so do the other teams, the Finals Series is going to be tough but I’d back us if we play at our best.”

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Lisa De Vanna races forward with the ball.

Goals

25’ LOGARZO OPENS THE SCORING – Kylie Ledbrook picks out Chloe Logarzo on the edge of the Wanderers penalty area with a neat cutback, and the Sky Blues’ midfielder blasts it into the top right corner for the opening goal.

31’ FOORD DOUBLES THE LEAD – A switch ball finds Lisa De Vanna on the left and she slides a pass between defenders into the path of Caitlin Foord in the Wanderers box to sidefoot home to double the lead.

41’ COOPER AGAINST HER OLD CLUB – A well-weighted Sky Blues corner finds Caitlin Cooper free near the penalty area to stoop and power home a header for the third goal of the clash.

46’ SIEMSEN MAKES IT FOUR – A through ball releases Remy Siemsen with the Wanderers defenders static, and the youngster carries it forward before calmly slotting home from inside the box.

87’ WALDUS PEGS ONE BACK – A Wanderers cross travels through a sea of bodies in the Sky Blues’ penalty area before Maruschka Waldus pops up to head home from close range.

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Caitlin Foord and Remy Siemsen celebrate a goal.

Key Moments

3’ FOORD CHANCE – An early chance for the Sky Blues as Lisa De Vanna picks out Caitlin Foord at the far post, however the winger can’t steer her volley in.

13’ LOWE SHOT – A loose ball outside the penalty area falls to Rachel Lowe who fires first time at goal from the edge of the box but she slices it and it sails wide.

23’ SONNETT BLOCK – A stumble in defence allows the Wanderers into the Sky Blues’ box with Rachel Lowe shooting at goal but Emily Sonnett is in the way to block the chance well.

29’ ALMOST FOR SIEMSEN – Aubrey Bledsoe releases Caitlin Foord on the left and she plays in Lisa De Vanna who attempts to cut it across the box to a free Remy Siemsen, however the pass is under hit and the Wanderers clear.

41’ WHYMAN DENIES FOORD – The Sky Blues attack in numbers and it’s worked to Caitlin Foord at the far post to fire at goal but Whyman makes herself big and smothers the chance.

49’ LEDBROOK FIRES WIDE – Kylie Ledbrook receives possession in an advanced position, beats two defenders and flashes a powerful effort just wide of the post.

54’ KHAMIS EFFORT – Leena Khamis charges forward on the ball, evades one tackle and sees her well-struck effort plucked out of the air by Whyman.

90+3’ LOGARZO SHOT – The Sky Blues’ midfielder picks the ball up and turns with time and space to shoot from distance, and her rising effort forces Whyman into a sharp save.

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Remy Siemsen jostles for the ball.

Team News

Sydney FC 4 (25’ Logarzo, 31’ Foord, 41’ Cooper, 46’ Siemsen) def. Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (87’ Waldus).

Taylor Ray made way for Kylie Ledbrook to return from suspension in midfield while Emily Sonnett started after her return from international duty last week, as Head Coach Ante Juric fielded a full strength side for the final round of the season.

Ground: Seymour Shaw

Attendance: 2,519

Referee: Rachel Mitchenson

Sydney FC: 29. Aubrey BLEDSOE (gk), 2. Teresa POLIAS (c), 3. Remy SIEMSEN (59’ 17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU), 4. Elizabeth RALSTON, 6. Chloe LOGARZO, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 10. Kylie LEDBROOK (52’ 19. Leena KHAMIS), 11. Lisa DE VANNA (52’ 20. Princess IBINI), 13. Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 15. Caitlin COOPER, 16. Emily SONNET.

Subs Not Used: 1. Sham KHAMIS (gk).

Yellow Card(s): None.

Red Card(s): N/A

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1. Jasa MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN (gk), 2. Maruschka WALDUS, 5. Kahlia HOGG, 6. Lo’eau LABONTA, 8. Erica HALLOWAY, 10. Lee FALKON (46’ 7. Ellie BRUSH), 11. Marlous PIEETE, 12. Rachel LOWE, 15. Talitha KRAMER, 16. Alix ROBERTS, 19. Rasamee PHONSONGKHAM (56’ 13. Olivia PRICE (89’ 18. Alexandra HUYNH)).

Subs Not Used: 30.Nicole SIMONSEN (gk).

Yellow Card(s): None.

Red Card(s): N/A

 

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