Sydney FC In Best Start To A W-League Season

Sydney FC 4 (Hawkesby 16’, Vine 65’, Siemsen 72’, 76’) Canberra United 0

Sydney FC have recorded their best ever start to a Westfield W-League season and extended their lead at the top of the ladder to seven points, after demolishing their nearest rivals Canberra United 4-0 with goals from Haweskby, Vine and a Siemsen brace at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

 

Moments That Mattered: 

  1. SIEMSEN CHANCE - 14’ – Siemsen beats two players, nutmegging one, on the right edge of the box near the goal-line to open up a shooting opportunity.  However a Canberra defender gets the block in and the ball spoons up into the goalkeepers arms.
  2. HAWKESBY GOAL – 16’ – Ibini drives into the box on the left with ease beating one defender before driving a low shot across the six yard box which Siemsen pokes towards goal.  The keeper saves but can only pop the ball up to Hawkesby who stabs it home.
  3. TOBIN SHOT SAVED – 27’ – Tobin picks up a cleared corner kick outside the box, drives forward and shoots low which Richards pushes around the corner.
  4. VINE CHANCE – 38’ – Vine bursts clear with a turn of pace on the left and her low centre is just missed by a flurry of legs and goes out for a goal kick.
  5. WHEELER CHANCE – 48’ – Ibini finds Wheeler with acres of room inside the box but a Canberra boot just manages to deflect her shot over the bar.
  6. VINE OFF THE BAR – 49’ – Another dangerous Polias corner drops just under bar an Vine’s header from Richard’s parry just floats onto the top of the bar and behind.
  7. SIEMSEN GOAL NOT GIVEN 56’ – Ibini shoots from distance and it’s parried by Richards into the path of Siemsen who sees her shot come off the bar and down. Replays show the ball crossed the line however with no VAR the moment was too quick for the officials.
  8. VINE GOAL 65’ – Hawkesby draws the defender and plays the ball to Vine who shoots early from the edge of the box and into the back of the net to double the lead.
  9. SIEMSEN GOAL - 72’ – Siemsen gets her goal heading Polias’ corner goalward and then finishing with her feet after the keeper pushed it back to her.
  10. SIEMSEN GOAL – 76’ – Siemsen heads home Polias’ corner at the back post to double her tally.
  11. TOBY CHANCE – 83’ – Toby tries to reach a 50/50 with the goalkeeper and almost gets to it first but collides with Richards and the ball is cleared.

 

Sydney FC are threatening to run away with the Westfield W-League title after completing their sixth win from six games by thrashing second placed Canberra United 4-0 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

The Young Sky Blues sit seven points clear at the top of the ladder with 13 goals having conceded just one, which is their best ever start to a campaign.

MacKenzie Hawkesby opened the scoring in the first half poking home after fantastic work from Princess Ibini on the left.

Vine doubled the lead in the second half hitting an early shot into the corner after being played in by Hawkesby.

Siemsen completed the rout with two fine goals from the ever-dangerous Teresa Polias corners, and Siemsen could have had a hat-trick had a goal-line call from the officials not gone against her.

In truth, the impressive Sky Blues were well worth the win and had many more chances throughout the game.

They face 3rd placed Brisbane Roar at Leichhardt Oval next Sunday in a game looming as a Premiership decider!

Remy & Cortnee Celebrate Goal
Mackenzie & Cortnee Celebrate Goal

What they said: Remy Siemsen:

“I’m just so proud of this team and this squad, we have a really good on and off field relationships and I think that’s really present in our game.

“I’m just super proud of the girls and their efforts today considering we’ve just come off another game in Melbourne City and travelled, so well done to the girls today.

“I know how much we all really want to reach the Grand Final and we said in pre-season we want to lift those Premiership and Championship trophies. 

“That’s just been in the back of our minds and we know how important each game considering it’s such a short season.

“It’s so nice to see that all the hard work is paying off.”

 

Cortnee Vine: “I’m feeling pretty confident at the moment and I have a great team around me that puts it on a platter for me all the time. 

“I get so much freedom out on that wing, I’m not used to it, I’m usually a nine so I’m taking it stride by stride.

“The coaches just tell me to back my speed, take on the players one by one and I’m still trying to find my confidence.  I’m not used to running so much.

“The team we have and the quality we have, I just can’t see us losing.”

 

Sydney FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK), 2. Teresa POLIAS, Charlotte McLEAN (18.Taylor RAY 73’), 5.Ally GREEN, 6.Clare WHEELER, 15.Mackenzie HAWKESBY (8.Rachel LOWE 66’), 10.Remy SIEMSEN, 11.Cortnee VINE,12.Natalie TOBIN, 17.Angelique HRISTODOULOU (19.Charlie RULE 66’), 20.Princess IBINI (9.Allira TOBY 73’).

Subs: 30. Katie OFFER (GK).

Yellow Cards: Siemsen 86’ .

Red Cards: None.

 

Canberra United: 1.Keeley RICHARDS (gk), 2.Emma ILIJOSKI, 4.Kendall FLETCHER (c), 5.Lauren KEIR, 8.Laura HUGHES (6.Bianca GALIC 77’), 10.Grace MAHER, 12.Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (13.Paige SATCHELL 45’), 15.Jessika NASH, 18.Izzy FOLETTA (9.Demi KOULIZAKIS 66’), 19.Nicki FLANNERY (7.Rachael GOLDSTEIN 77’), 23.Michelle HEYMAN.

Subs: 29.Chantel JONES (gk).

Yellow Cards:  None.

Red Cards: None

 

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Referee: Georgia Ghirardello

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