Sky Blues Off The Mark In Season 10

Summary

Sydney FC 3 (Ledbrook 45’ + 2’, Polias 64’, Siemsen 90’ + 1’) def. Melbourne City FC 2 (Ralston OG 43’, Crummer 53’)

The Sky Blues have secured their first win of the season in thrilling fashion against Melbourne City, coming out 3-2 victors with a last minute Remy Siemsen strike.

The Sky Blues produced their best performance this season to gain all three points despite having a goal in each half disallowed.

That followed an unlucky own goal from Ralston which opened the scoring for the opposition while two stunning goals from Ledbrook and Polias drew Sydney level twice.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until the Sky Blues secured a late winner thanks to substitute Remy Siemsen, sending the Sky Blues into raptures.

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The two squads line up pre-match.

What They Said

Ante Juric: “The quality from both teams was exceptional, definitely happy with the result and the performance.

“The whole team did a whole of lot great things, I think everywhere we are improving.

“We need to win and pick up points and I can see us progressing from week one. A lot of improvement and I can see all the players believing.

“The players were all brilliant. The ‘one-percenters’ that we asked for were there to see. Our goals today were world class.”

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Georgia Yeoman-Dale in action with Princess Ibini watching on.

Goals

43’ RALSTON OWN GOAL – An in swinging corner from City bounces awkwardly for the Sky Blues defender who gets the last touch past Khamis.

45’ + 2’ LEDBROOK GOAL – City’s keeper Hudson scuffs a clearance to find Ledbrook 30 yards out. The Sydney FC midfielder takes a touch and unleashes an unstoppable strike.

53’ GOAL CRUMMER – Dobson puts in a cross for the City striker who side foots her shot into the net.

64’ POLIAS SCREAMER – Logarzo makes easy work of beating a couple of City defenders before teeing up an on running Polias who finds the top corner from 20 yards out.

90 +1’ SIEMSEN AT THE DEATH – Cooper muscles off a defender to play Vignes who in turn plays a delightful ball in behind for Ibini. Princess stands up her defender to find substitute Siemsen in the box as she unleashes a low driving shot on the turn to find the bottom right corner.

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Remy Siemsen celebrates and is mobbed by her team mates after scoring the winner.

Key Moments

5’ DISALLOWED GOAL HARRISON – Leena Khamis and Harrison bully a City defender into coughing up the ball to which Harrison tucks away past the keeper. The official unfortunately calls for a foul and the goal doesn’t stand.

8’ CHANCE KHAMIS – Leena Khamis times her run perfectly from a deep through ball over the top of the City defence but the bounce is unkind and just gets away from the Sydney FC striker who was through on goal.

14’ FANTASTIC SAVE KHAMIS – Hatch for City sends a stinging volley towards Sydney’s goal but Khamis is up to the task, producing a great save to deny City the lead.

30’ SO CLOSE KHAMIS – Ibini pinches the ball to play a brilliant one-two with Ledbrook. Unselfishly, Ibini plays the ball to the back post only to narrowly miss an outstretched Khamis.

40’ JUST OVER LOGARZO – Sydney FC press high to win possession through Harrison who plays a cheeky chip from the 18-yard box over the top of City’s defence. Logarzo lines up the volley only narrowly going over the bar.

71’ SO CLOSE SIEMSEN – Great pressure from Siemsen and Ibini to see the latter win possession, creating a ‘two on one’ scenario with City’s Kennedy. Princess plays a great ball to Siemsen who beats the keeper only for her shot to be cleared just shy of the goal.

71’ DISALLOWED GOAL LOGARZO – Winning the ball again high up the pitch, Logarzo is adjudged to have fouled a City defender before calmly slotting the ball in the net.

74’ GREAT SAVE KHAMIS  - A City corner is swung in to meet the head of Crummer only to be denied by a great reflex save from the Sydney FC keeper.

82’ AUDACIOUS ATTEMPT HARRISON – The Sky Blues midfielder takes a look up and tries her luck from just inside City’s half with Hudson for City just keeping a hold of the ball.

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Sham Khamis saves in front of former Sky Blue Kyah Simon.

Team News

Sydney FC 3 (Ledbrook 45’ + 2’, Polias 64’, Siemsen 90’ + 1’) def. Melbourne City FC 2 (Ralston OG 43’, Crummer 53’)

Ground: Allianz Stadium

Attendance: 2,115

Referee: Lara Lee

Sydney FC: 1. Shamiran KHAMIS (gk), 2. Teresa POLIAS, 4. Elizabeth RALSTON, 6. Chloe LOGARZO, 7. Rachel SOUTAR (17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU 83’), 8. Amy HARRISON, 10. Kylie LEDBROOK (21. Julia VIGNES 81’), 13. Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 15. Caitlin COOPER, 19. Leena KHAMIS (3. Remy SIEMSEN 61’), 20. Princess IBINI.

Subs Not Used: 30. Sheridan RAINEY (gk).

Yellow Cards: 20. Princess IBINI.

Red Cards: None.

Melbourne City FC: 23. Melissa HUDSON (gk), 2. Yukari KINGA, 3. Lauren BARNES, 4. Ashley HATCH, Stephanie CATLEY, 9. Larissa CRUMMER, 11. Rhali DOBSON, 13. Rebekah STOTT, 14. Alanna KENNEDY, 15. Amy JACKSON, 17. Kyah SIMON.

Subs Not Used: 30. Emily KENSHOLE (gk), 5. Lia Muldeary, 16. Sofia SAKALIS, 19. Tyla Jay VLAHNIC.

Yellow Cards:  None.

Red Cards: None.

 

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