Sky Blues Fall In Stifling Conditions

Sydney FC conceded three goals in stifling conditions at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday as the Brisbane Roar earned the three points in the latest chapter between two heavyweights of the Westfield W-League.

Summary

Sydney FC 0 def by. Brisbane Roar 3 (19’ Butt, 38’ O.G., 63’ Polkinghorne)

Sydney FC conceded three goals in stifling conditions at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday as the Brisbane Roar earned the three points in the latest chapter between two heavyweights of the Westfield W-League.

After a bright opening for the Sky Blues, Tameka Butt put the roar in front midway through the first half before an inadvertent diversion by Alanna Kennedy saw the Roar double their advantage with an own goal as the half drew to a close.

The Sky Blues came out firing in the second half as Jasmyne Spencer rattled the woodwork with a powerful header however, a spirited second half display from the Sky Blues wasn’t enough however as Clare Polkinghorne made sure of the points as she headed home a free kick at the far post with just over 25 minutes left to play.

Sydney FC are next in action on Sunday 27 December in the round’s televised game as they face the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park (kick off 2pm).

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Goals

19’ BUTT GOAL – Tameka Butt gets on the end of a slide rule ball from Gielnik in the area to calmly sidefoot beyond Betos in goal.

38’ KENNEDY OWN GOAL – Marzano looks to loft a ball into the area and Alanna Kennedy inadvertently directs the ball into her own net.

63’ POLKINGHORNE GOAL – A Roar free kick is floated towards the far post where Clare Polkinghorne rises highest to nod the ball into the back of the net.

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Key Moments

2’ HARRISON CLEARANCE – Gielnik curls a ball in to the area with Butt lurking at the far post, however Amy Harrison produces a smart clearance to avert the danger.

13’ FRANCO CHANCE – Kyah Simon lifts a ball into the path of Franco in the area, however he volley from an acute angle is parried at the near post.

21’ POLIAS SHOT – Jasmyne Spencer lays the ball into the path of Polias and the Sky Blues captain charges on to the ball before unleashing from distance into the keeper’s arms.

31’ KENNEDY FREE KICK JUST WIDE – Alanna Kennedy whips a wicked free kick just wide of the post with the keeper beaten from outside the area.

41’ BOLGER SHOT – Neat interplay on the edge of the area sees the ball fall to Bolger inside the box, however her close range effort is hit straight at the keeper and is saved.

61’ IBINI SHOT – A sweeping long ball from Alanna Kennedy finds Ibini with space to move in the final third. The youngster carries it forward and shoots but it sails wide.

64’ SPENCER HITS THE BAR – Kyah Simon produces some neat footwork to get to the byline and cross. She finds Jasmyne Spencer leaping highest but the American’s header cannons off the bar and is cleared.

80’ GORRY SHOT – Katrina Gorry charges forward to the edge of the box before unleashing at goal, however it’s comfortable for Betos and she gathers.

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Team News

Sydney FC 0 def by. Brisbane Roar 3 (19’ Butt, 38’ O.G., 63’ Polkinghorne)

Sydney FC Head Coach Dan Barrett made two changes to the starting side that defeated the Perth Glory away from home. Ellyse Perry was absent on cricket duties, with Teigen Allen stepping in to her role, while Sunny Franco was promoted to the starting 11 in place of Princess Ibini as Hannah Bacon returned to the bench.

Ground: Central Coast Stadium  

Referee: Kate Jacewicz

Sydney FC:  1. Michelle BETOS (gk), 2. Elizabeth RALSTON (81’ Hannah BACON), 4. Sunny FRANCO (56’ Princess IBINI), 5. Jasmyne SPENCER, 6. Teresa POLIAS (c), 7. Nicola BOLGER (56’ Olivia PRICE), 8. Amy HARRISON, 14. Alanna KENNEDY, 15. Teigen ALLEN, 17. Kyah SIMON, 19. Leena KHAMIS.  

Subs not used: 18. Sham KHAMIS (gk).

Yellow cards: 80’ Polias.

Red cards: None.

Brisbane Roar: 1. Haley KOPMEYER (gk), 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 6. Angela BEARD, 7. Gabrielle MARZANO (75’ Courtnee VINE), 8. Ayesha NORRIE (72’ Alisha FOOTE), 10. Katrina GORRY, 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Summer O’BRIEN (86’ Mali FORBES), 15. Ruth BLACKBURN, 17. Emily GIELNIK.

Subs not used: 20. Carrie SIMPSON (gk).

Yellow cards: 31’ O’Brien, 50’ Gorry.

Red cards: None.