Sydney FC 3 (Siemsen 4’, 22’, Evans 90+2’) def. Melbourne Victory 0
Sydney FC have kicked-off their Westfield W-League season in style with a thumping 3-0 win over bitter rivals Melbourne Victory.
Moments That Mattered:
- Siemsen Goal – 4’ – Foord plays in Siemsen who takes a touch around the defender and finishes low into the bottom corner.
- Siemsen Goal – 22’ - Siemsen bags her second as she heads home from close range following a great cross from Caitlin Foord.
- Bledsoe Saves – 29’ – Bledsoe makes two fantastic diving saves from fierce Victory shots to keep the Sky Blues 2-0 to the good.
- Bledsoe Save – 43’ - A cross to the far post is headed back into the path of Dowie who gets a foot to the ball but Bledsoe is down quickly to stop with her hand.
- Evans Goal – 90+2’ – Hristodoulou whips in an inch perfect cross for Evans to head home and wrap up all three points
The Sky Blues got off to a perfect start with Remy Siemsen banging home the opening goal of the season within five minutes of play.
Sydney FC continued their attacking intent throughout the first half and were rewarded half way through as Siemsen bagged her second of the game, heading home from close range following a perfect cross from Foord.
Ante Juric’s side controlled the tempo from here on and into the second half with Victory never truly looking dangerous in front of goal.
The nail in the coffin came in the dying embers of the game as substitute Shadeene Evans’ glancing header found its way past Dumont and capped off a perfect start for the defending Champions.
Sydney FC will turn their attention to their away game against Adelaide United next Friday night.
What They Said: Ante Juric: “It's pleasing for the attitude and the output of energy. Just seeing the desire in a first game like that is fantastic.
“We never stop going forward, it’s a bit of a philosophy of ours, it could definitely have been more but I’m just happy with the energy we showed.”
Remy Siemsen: "I had a good stint overseas and I really did miss Sydney FC. I just wanted to come back to my second home and I'm really glad that I did. This is a great start to the season and the girls have been so welcoming.
(On the current squad): "It's people I've played with before. The dynamic didn't really change and I'm happy I'm back playing with these girls, they're the highest of calibre. I'm loving being back at Sydney."
Sydney FC: 1. Aubrey BLEDSOE, 2. Teresa POLIAS, 5. Ally GREEN (16. Julia VIGNES 90’), 6. Chloe LOGARZO, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 10. Remy SIEMSEN (3. Shadeene EVANS 86’), 11. Sofia HUERTA, 12. Natalia TOBIN, 17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 20. Princess IBINI-ISEI.
Subs Not Used: 30. Trudy BURKE (GK), 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY.
Yellow Cards: 17. Angelique HRISTODOULOU 44’.
Red Cards: None.
Melbourne Victory: 1. Casey DUMONT, 3. Teigen ALLEN (13. Polly DORAN 80’), 4. Emily MENGES, 6. Haley HANSON, 8. Angela BEARD, 9. Natasha DOWIE, 10. Jenna McCORMICK, 11. Darian JENKINS, 14. Melina AYRES, 15. Amy JACKSON (16. Annalie LONGO 56’), 18. Grace MAHER.
Subs Not Used: 20. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 7. Emma ROBERS.
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None.
Ground: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Referee: Kate Jacewicz