Westfield W-League - 2011/2012 - Season 4

Scoreless draw in W-League Top 2 battle
By Steven Nguyen

2011/2012 W-League - Round 8
5:00pm - Saturday 10 December - Deakin Stadium, Canberra

Canberra United FC 0
drew with
Sydney FC 0

Canberra United and Sydney FC have played out a very physical scoreless draw in their top of the table match at Deakin Football Stadium, Deakin. This scoreline came down to excellent defending and at times wasteful finishing from both teams.

The different venue of Deakin Football Stadium presented both teams an excellent pitch along with warm and humid conditions, as I experienced in my cramped media box!

Changes were made for Canberra United from their previous outing. With captain Ellie Brush being unavailable due to suspension, the home side was forced to make a defensive change with US import Taryn Hemmings coming in as centreback. Hemmings was a standout throughout the match, keeping Leena Khamis quiet and looking very much at home, despite this not being her favoured position.

In the 7th minute, Canberra had probably the best chance of the match when an Ellyse Perry free kick allowed Ashleigh Sykes to send a shot across goal. Sykes looked sure to score, with Sydney FC goalkeeper Alison Lispher stranded in goal, but luckily for Lispher and Sydney FC the ball hit the post and the ball rebounded straight to the keeper's grateful arms.

Sydney FC, who scored 11 goals against Perth Glory last week, controlled the match by maintaining the lion's share of possession, but were very wasteful in front of goal, while their fluent attacking moves often lacked an incisive final pass.

The first half of the match was one of the most physically competitive seen in the W-League for a very long while, with both teams applying a lot of defensive pressure. The referee Casey Reibelt did well to control the match throughout by trying to allow free-flowing football to be played. As the half time whistle blew, supporters from both teams where the opening goal would come from in this fast-paced match.

In the 55th minute, Michelle Heyman had a good chance from outside the box with a shot that looked like going on target after some good lead-up play from Sally Shippard and Cailtin Munoz, but a great defensive tackle from Sydney FC defender Estelle Johnson resulted in the ball going for a corner.

Sydney FC had a great chance in the 59th minute via Caitlin Foord through a good attacking run cutting in from the left wing, which allowed Foord to execute a great shot from outside the box, but the full-stretch dive from Canberra United custodian Lydia Williams to her right to palm the ball over the post was easily the save of the match.

In the 63rd minute, the first yellow card of the match was shown when Sydney FC's frustration boiled over after a foul was given by referee Riebelt. Servet Uzunlar was booked for dissent after leading the protests.

The response from Canberra United was swift and they had a good chance to score when Caitlin Munoz had a low shot which Lipsher saved well to her left. Shortly after, a cross from Shippard was punched clear by Lipsher.

In the 78th minute, a goal kick from Lipsher was flicked on from last week's hat-trick hero Renee Rollason to replacement striker Kyah Simon who shot first time, but the poorly-executed shot ended up sailing harmlessly over the crossbar.

The match swung in Canberra United's favour when in the 80th minute Uzunlar got her marching orders after receiving her second yellow card of the match, having clearly pulled the shirt of Ashleigh Skyes from Canberra. The decision was an easy one for the referee.

The crowd of 886 cheered as Uzunlar walked off the field of play. The local faithful no doubt saw their side's numerical advantage as a big chance to finally find the back of the net. The 82nd minute of the match produced a good chance for Canberra United as Kahlia Hogg put a volley into the side-netting, but Sydney kept trying and nearly found the winner when in the 89th minute a great pass from Sydney FC captain Heather Garriock from a counter attack to Sarah Walsh gave her a good chance inside the box to shoot, but Walsh's shot also ended up finding the side-netting.

Four minutes of injury time were played, allowing a flurry of chances for either side to seal the win. In the 92nd minute a great ball from Garriock to Rollason inside the box allowed her a chance to shoot, but a last ditch tackle from three Canberra defenders resulted in Rollason going down in the box, but the referee denied what looked to be a straightforward penalty kick by giving Rollason a yellow card for simulation.

In the 94th minute, a final shot from Canberra's Kahlia Hogg was deflected by a Sydney defender for a corner. With the crowd cheering loudly, the Ellyse Perry corner was headed by a Canberra player towards goal, but Sydney easily cleared the ball out to ensure that no goals were scored in this very physical match.

[BOTN thanks Capital Football and Canberra United for their hospitality]

2011/2012 W-League - Round 8
5:00pm - Saturday 10 December - Deakin Stadium, Canberra

Canberra United FC 0
drew with
Sydney FC 0

    Crowd: 886


    Canberra United FC :
    Player listing: 1. Lydia Williams (gk), 2. Caitlin Cooper, 6. Caitlin Munoz (5. Kahlia Hogg +66'), 8. Hayley Raso (3. Georgia Yeoman-Dale +46') , 11. Michelle Heyman, 13. Nicole Sykes, 14. Ashleigh Sykes, 15. Sally Shipard, 16. Ellyse Perry, 18. Taryn Hemmings, 19. Jennifer Bisset

    Substitutes not used: 20. Aroon Clansey (rgk), 9. Grace Gill

    Coach: Jitka Klimkova

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing: 1. Allison Lipsher (gk), 2. Terasa Polias, 3. Danielle Brogan, 4. Renee Rollason, 5. Estelle Johnson, 6. Servet Uzunlar, 7. Heather Garriock (c), 8. Caitlin Foord (9. Sarah Walsh +62'), 10. Kylie Ledbrook, 12. Teigan Allen (15. Thea Slatyer +62'), 19. Leena Khamis (17. Kyah Simon +69')

    Substitutes not used: 30. Shan Khamis (rgk)

    Coach: Alen Stajcic

    Yellow Cards: Servet Uzunlar 63', 80', Renee Rollason 93'
    Red Cards: Servet Uzunlar 80'

    Referee: Casey Reibelt 8/10 (did very well to control a physical top of the table match)
    Assistants: Sarah Ho & Allyson Flynn; 4th official: Samantha Ockerby

    BOTN players to watch:
    3. Taryn Hemmings (CU) 2. Estelle Johnson (SFC) 1. Lydia Williams (CU)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 5/10

    Match Report, photos and ratings: Steven Nguyen

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