Sydney wilt in western heat

By Stephen Webb

Westfield W-League 2014-15
Week seven
Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park, Sydney
October 26, 2014, 3 pm

Sydney FC 1 (Jasmyne Spencer 55’)
lost to
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Keelin Winters 16’, Teigen Allen 63’ o.g.)

Western Sydney Wanderers buried the memory of their embarrassing nine goal trouncing by Perth Glory on October 5 by defeating Sydney FC for the first time at Sydney United Sports Centre on Sunday.

It was a surprising result for second-placed Sydney, who couldn’t find the energy to run in the hot conditions. Wanderers just thought, “You beauty!”

Sydney’s skipper, Teresa Polias, was being rested after an injury two weeks earlier; a possible explanation for some instability and uncertainty in the home team’s midfield (though you could hardly say it was a home game for Sydney, south-west in Wanderers territory).

But that was no excuse.

Sydney’s goalkeeper Sian McLaren, replacing the injured Casey Dumont, could hardly be blamed for the two goals conceded: a penalty and an own goal.

McLaren got her first touch on a through ball from Hannah Beard.

Alesha Clifford had a good break for Sydney but the first shot came from Wanderers when Rachael Soutar played down the right to Beard, who cut in past two defenders and crossed to Caitlin “Pommie” Jarvie. Jarvie’s effort at goal was blocked.

Servet Uzunlar chipped her marker for Amy Harrison to run down the left and win a corner.

Jarvie had another shot, this time too high.

Beard played wide for Soutar, who ran to the goal line, beat a Sydney defender and crossed to McLaren.

Wanderers were definitely better in the opening minutes.

Michelle Carney got the ball into the left of Sydney’s penalty area and shot wide to the left of goal.

Harrison hit a long ball across from the left sideline over the Wanderers defence and almost found Chloe Logarzo in front of goal. Another Sydney long ball found Renee Rollason who sought to lay back but Rollason was offside.

Jessica Seaman was strong confronting Sydney’s main forward threat, Jasmyne Spencer.

Even when Sydney began to find some passing rhythm, Wanderers were more eager to get to the ball.

Uzunlar made a good run but Wanderers cut out her pass to Logarzo on the right.

No clear scoring opportunity came until Beard found former United States U-20 captain Keelin Winters in the Sydney penalty area. Winters resisted the first challenge but then was barged over by Teigen Allen. Wanderers were rewarded with a penalty that Winters converted easily, wrong-footing McLaren.

Fifteen minutes in and Sydney were already looking like they’d been playing for ninety.

Clifford played to Nicola Bolger, who found Spencer, who was robbed by Jarvie.

A Beard shot was deflected to McLaren. Uzunlar had a long shot straight into the arms of Trudy Burke.

Sydney were relying on long balls to get out of their own half, where they otherwise spent of lot of energy knocking over Wanderers players.

Beard beat Samantha Johnson and crossed to McLaren.

Uzunlar hit a long ball down the left for Harrison, whose first thought seemed to be, “Do I really have to chase that?”

An injury to Clifford saw her replaced by Elizabeth Ralston.

Another Sydney long ball found Spencer, who was fouled by Kendall Johnson in the D outside Wanderers’ penalty area. Rollason shot wide.

Bolger shot long and wide to the left of goal.

More long balls came searching for Spencer.

Rollason gave the ball away and Teigen Allen cleared.

Sydney cleared a Wanderers corner but fouled Soutar. The free kick was directed wide to the left of goal.

Sydney lobbed a good ball over the Wanderers defence for Logarzo … but Logarzo didn’t realise it was a good ball. Another long ball went in the general direction of Spencer — surrounded by Caitlin Cooper, Seaman and Jarvie.

When a ball actually made it to Spencer she was bowled over and Sydney’s free kick found Burke.

Ralston blocked a Johnson cross and Wanderers had a corner.

Spencer again had some possession, running the ball across the top of the Wanderers box from left to right with Burke yelling, “No shot! No shot!” There was no shot. Spencer left the ball for Jarvie. But Ralston won it back.

Rollason shot high.

Jarvie was clever stealing the ball from Allen but Ralston won it back.

Sydney had a corner that was cleared to Natalie Tobin, whose shot went over the crossbar.

Johnson hit a wonderful cross from the left for a teammate at the right post, but the ball was tipped just over her head.

Harrison hadn’t had the best of halves but she came close to equalising at the end of stoppage time, almost getting a touch in front of goal on a cross from the right. Probably Sydney’s best chance so far.

The second half began with Sydney having shuffled some positions, shifting Uzunlar from the left to the right (for a while at least).

Wanderers got down the left three times and Sydney has some possession around Wanderers’ penalty area before Uzunlar, strong down the right, found Spencer, who fell on the ball.

(Sydney’s second half tactic seemed to be succumbing to tackles in Wanderers’ penalty area; referee Rachel Mitchenson clearly expected them to be more robust.)

Sydney’s lethargy was clear for all to see when a too-casual pass went back between two defenders, neither of whom was interested in collecting the ball. Jarvie gratefully powered through them, took possession and shot high.

Uzunlar and Spencer were the only players (on Sydney’s side) willing to exert themselves. It was they who combined for Sydney’s goal, Uzunlar finding Spencer, who made her way to the top of the box and lashed home a shot.

Linda O’Neill earned her yellow for scoring long after the referee had whistled for offside.

Spencer, down the left, crossed to Uzunlar who shot low and hard. Burke held at her second attempt.

A long ball found Jarvie in plenty of space. Sydney’s defence seemed to recover in time but, when the cross came in looking for Carney, Allen turned the ball into her own net.

Sydney sought to get a goal back quickly but were too slow to reach a free ball in the Wanderers’ penalty area.

Another seemingly harmless ball into the Sydney box, this time from the left, found only Beard interested and nearly getting contact with her head in front of goal.

Tobin (nice skills on the ball) made a good run to the right, finding Spencer, whose shot/cross across the face of goal wasn’t too far from the top left corner.

Another good effort by Spencer won Sydney a corner.

A long ball from Jarvie fell fortuitously for Carney, who was first onto a rebound to shoot to McLaren.

Petinos was good down the right before pulling back for Winters, who shot high.

Logarzo received a lucky ball and shot wide across the face of goal.

A lovely sequence of Wanderers passing ended when Winters was robbed.

Wanderers broke again down the right and squared for Petinos. A Wanderers supporter behind me yelled, “Have it!” And she did. But too high.

Petinos then delivered for Jarvie, who was just offside.

Beard got the better of Johnson but her shot was blocked by Rollason.

Jarvie, again damaging Sydney down the right, got in a cross but too close to McLaren. Then Jordan Baker was unlucky not to get a rebound goal off McLaren.

Spencer almost got the equaliser with a long-range shot that Burke had to punch away to prevent the ball dropping under the crossbar. The corner led to a scramble in the box and Logarzo shooting high.

Uzunlar shot to the left of goal.

Sydney did some nice work to the right of the Wanderers penalty area but when needed the Wanderers defence was safe in front of goal.

Spencer made a run but fell over again and Sydney’s last effort was Uzunlar shooting to Burke.

Full time and full credit to Wanderers for effort and playing better football.

Match stats

Sydney FC:
21. Sian McLaren (gk), 4. Alesha Clifford (26’ Elizabeth Ralston), 5. Jasmyne Spencer, 6. Servet Uzunlar (C), 7. Nicola Bolger, 8. Amy Harrison, 10. Renee Rollason, 11. Natalie Tobin (70’ Trudy Camilleri), 12. Chloe Logarzo, 15. Teigen Allen, 16. Samantha Johnson.
Subs Not Used: 20. Alyssa Harris (gk), 14. Olivia Price.
Yellow cards: Teigen Allen 15’

Western Sydney Wanderers:
Trudy Burke (gk), 2. Caitlin Cooper, 3. Jessica Seaman, 4. Caitlin Jarvie (8. Grace Henry 94’), 5. Helen Petinos, 6. Rachael Soutar, 7. Kendall Johnson, 9. Keelin Winters, 10. Michelle Carney, 12. Hannah Beard, 16. Linda O’Neill (13. Jordan Baker 85’)
Subs not used: 20. Sham Khamis (gk), 15. Rhianna Pollicina
Yellow cards: Kendall Johnson 29’, Jessica Seaman 39’, Linda O’Neill 57’, Caitlin Jarvie 61’

Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Assistant referees: Sarah Ho, Lily David
Fourth official: Katie Patterson

Best players:
3. Caitlin Jarvie (Western Sydney Wanderers)
2. Keelin Winters (Western Sydney Wanderers)
1. Jasmyne Spencer (Sydney FC)

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Report and photographs by Stephen Webb