Sydney FC Destroy Wanderers In W-League #SydneyDerby

Sydney FC 3 (Latsko 2’, Brush 14’, Huerta 90’+2’) def. Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Sydney FC have moved into outright second position in the Westfield W-League thanks to a 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in the Sydney Derby at Cromer Park in Manly.

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Celebrations following Veronica Latsko's opening goal. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Moments That Mattered:

  1. LATSKO GOAL – 2’ – Huerta sends over a cross to the back post where Latsko has plenty of time to drill home a left foot strike.
  2. BRUSH GOAL - 14’ – Polias swings over a left corner into the middle where Brush rises tallest to head home from close range.
  3. LATSKO SHOT – 16’ – Latsko fires in a shot from a tight angle which just finds the side netting.
  4. HARRISON HITS BAR – 25’ – Harrison wins the ball in midfield and launches a shot which flicks the top of the cross bar.
  5. BRUSH CHANCE – 37’ – Polias floats a left wing free-kick to the far post where Brush stretches to fashion a shot back across but it goes agonisingly past the far post.
  6. BRUSH HEADER JUST OVER – 60’ – Ellie Brush wins another header from a Polias free-kick but this time can’t direct it on target.
  7. HAMILTON RED CARD – 66’ – The American receives her marching orders for a second yellow card foul on Brush.  Her first in the 13th minute came after she refused to step back the full ten yards at a free kick.
  8. LATSKO SHOT – 78’ - Huerta gets free on the left hand side and crosses to Latsko to fire over from the penalty spot.
  9. LATSKO CHANCE - 81’ – Latsko charges down the keeper Newborn as she attempts to clear but the ricochet doesn’t fall kindly and the Wanderers can get the ball away.
  10. HUERTA GOAL 90’+2’ – Hawkesby plays a stunning cross field pass to Huerta who runs at the Wanderers defence and fires a perfect right footed shot into the far left corner from 20 yards.
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Veronica Latsko celebrates after opening the scoring. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League are on the cusp of securing a 12th consecutive Finals appearance having defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at Cromer Park, to move into outright second position on the ladder.

Early goals from Veronica Latsko and Ellie Brush did the damage for the Sky Blues, before Huerta rounded it off with a stunning solo effort late on.

Misery was compounded for the visitors who had American striker Kristin Hamilton sent off in the second half.

It was a very different Sky Blues side from the one which defeated Brisbane Roar in their last home game a month ago.

With Caitlin Foord and Chloe Logarzo having been sold to Arsenal and Bristol City, Ante Juric gave a debut to Canadian International Lindsay Agnew while 18-year old Taylor Ray returned to action in midfield for the first time since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament.

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Celebrations after Ellie Brush scored the Sky Blues' second goal. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

What They Said: Ante Juric:

"I'm happy, and I'm happy for the girls more than anything. We have the Premiership on top of the board, we're aiming for that and this is a step towards that.

"Today we tinkered a little bit and we had the right personnel to match up, we stepped up and showed what a squad we are. We just need to put the pressure on City, with two games to go until the Finals you need that momentum.

"Taylor [Ray] was outstanding, she hasn't played for a long time, I know her qualities and she's one of the smartest footballer's on our team." 

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Sofia Huerta celebrates after scoring Sydney FC's third goal of the game. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Sydney FC: 1. Aubrey BLEDSOE, 2. Teresa POLIAS ©, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 8. Lindsay AGNEW, 10. Remy SIEMSEN (20. Princess IBINI-ISEI 64’), 11. Sofia HUERTA, 12. Natalie TOBIN, 13. Veronica LATSKO, 17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU (5. Ally GREEN 85’), 18. Taylor RAY (15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY 73), 19. Amy SAYER.

Subs Not Used: 30. Trudy BURKE (GK).

Yellow Cards: Sayer 62’, Agnew 80’.

Red Cards: None.

Western Sydney Wanderers: 30. Courtney NEWBON (GK), 2. Alex ROBERTS (15. Alexandra HUYNH 45’), 3. Sam STAAB, 4. Caitlin COOPER, 5. Courtney NEVIN, 7. Amy HARRISON ©, 10. Kyra COONEY-CROSS (14. Chloe MIDDLETON 77’), 11. Cortnee VINE, 19. Susan PHONSONGKHAM (16. Liana DANASKOS 45’), 21. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 23. Kristin HAMILTON.

Subs Not Used: 25. Sophie MAGUS (GK).

Yellow Cards: Hamilton 13’, Cooney-Cross 36’, Nevin 45’ + 1’, Hyunh 59’, Mastrantonio 62’,

Red Cards: Hamilton 66’.

Ground: Cromer Park, Manly.

Crowd: 2,309

Referee: Lara Lee