Sydney women relish second chance at championship

When it snuck into fourth place on the Westfield W-League ladder with a dramatic final round victory over Adelaide United last Saturday, Sydney FC had new life breathed into its hopes of taking the title and it plans to grab hold of the unexpected opportunity.

When it snuck into fourth place on the Westfield W-League ladder with a dramatic final round victory over Adelaide United last Saturday, Sydney FC had new life breathed into its hopes of taking the title and it plans to grab hold of the unexpected opportunity.

“When you-re almost out and given a second chance at life - it-s such a massive boost to the way you-re feeling,” said Sydney Coach, Alen Stajcic.

Relying on the result of the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory match, the Sky Blues knew they-d either be playing for pride or a coveted place in the league-s inaugural semi-finals series.

“As it turned out we were playing for our season and we knew it was going to be a very important game,” said Sydney coach, Alen Stajcic.

After starting the first-ever Westfield W-League season as one of the favourites to claim the crown, the Sky Blue women have had an inconsistend campaign and they know they must be on top of their game if they-re to be any chance of earning a berth in the final.

“I-m sure we-ll take plenty of confidence into our next game against the Queensland Roar because we-ve got nothing to lose,” said Stajcic. “We know we can beat Queensland and the (other) teams in the top four, and we-re a good chance from winning the competition from here.”

With the Westfield W-League taking a one-week break before the start of the semi-finals series, Sydney will continue its build-up with a trial game over the weekend in a bid to keep the momentum rolling.

The elimination clash with the all-conquering Queensland Roar will be played in Brisbane on January 11.