The Westfield W-League season has reached the halfway point of its short season. With that in mind, it is time to take a look back at the season so far and how Alen Stajcic’s squad have progressed.
The Westfield W-League season has reached the halfway point of its short season. With that in mind, it is time to take a look back at the season so far and how Alen Stajcic-s squad have progressed.
The season opener against Brisbane Roar promised much but in the end only a point was gained as Renee Rollason-s goal saw the Sky Blues manage a 1-1 draw.
They didn-t have long to wait for their first win of the season though, as they downed Melbourne Victory 2-1 at Leichhardt Oval in the week following, the goals scored by Kylie Ledbrook and guest star Megan Rapinoe.
A third home game on the bounce ended in a 1-0 defeat by table topping Canberra United. An outstanding goalkeeping performance from Lydia Williams, however, prevented Sydney FC from taking a point or three from the match.
The Sky Blues headed in to the week 4 match with Newcastle Jets knowing that if they were able to capitalise on the multitude of chances they had been creating, they would get the result they needed.
And so it proved at Adamstown Oval as they destroyed Newcastle Jets 4-1. Sarah Walsh, Thea Slatyer, Caitlin Foord and Heather Garriock all scored in an impressive attacking display.
The bye in week 5 threatened to halt any momentum the squad had built up, but it wasn-t the case as they returned for week 6 rested, refreshed and refocused.
Leena Khamis made her return from a spell of club football overseas and looked as sharp as ever at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Despite going down 1-0 early, the Sky Blues showed great character in coming back to win 4-1. Heather Garriock-s cool finish was the catalyst, before Servet Uzunlar was gifted a goal by the Adelaide United goalkeeper.
An own goal from the goalkeeper and another error saw Caitlin Foord add her second of the season from the bench as Sydney FC ran away comfortable winners.
With the second half of the season kicking off this weekend against Perth Glory, Sydney FC sits third on the Westfield W-League table. Just five points adrift of leaders Canberra United, there is everything to play for as they head towards the business end of the season.
Sydney FC v Perth Glory Saturday, December 3 Leichhardt Oval Kick off: 7pm AEDT