W-League Final is a Capital affair

By Chris Dunkerley:

Westfield W-League – Season 7 – 2014 – Final
12 noon, Sunday 21 December, 2014 – East Perth Oval

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Perth Glory FC 1 (Collette McCallum 63′)
lost to
Canberra United FC  3 (Stephanie Ochs 21′, Ashleigh Sykes 75′, 78′)

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Last year’s Premiers Canberra United FC faced this years Premiers over in the west in the W-League Final today, and came away with the Championship trophy largely due to a brace by Ashleigh Sykes.

Canberra were well on top in the first half, though had only the one goal to show for it at half-time.

Despite some early promise from the Glory Ochs 21st minute goal was indicative of the run of play. Usual rock Collette McCallum stood on the ball in the middle of the park and youngster Grace Maher snatched it up, and sped down field. She ran into a wall but laid it of to the right to Ochs, who struck it well and it cannoned off the left upright and into the net. 0-1

Perth almost gained a late first half equaliser with Alanna Kennedy’s snap shot on the turn deserving better from a corner, but it went just wide.

A silly free kick given up just outside the area by the Canberra defence, allowed in free kick guru Collette McCallum.

She didn’t disappoint, steering her free kick past Chantel Jones and into the net. 1-1

Despite more sustained pressure by the Glory, it was the green clad speedster Nicole Sykes who took Canberra into the lead in the 75th minute. Picked out down the left by Lori Lindsey she beat her defender and pushed her shot past McKenzie Arnold in the Perth goal. 1-2

Perth had a chance to draw level one minute later, with a penalty kick given when Caitlin Foord was bundled over in the area.

Alas for the home fans the season 10 Golden Boot winner, Kate Gill hit a weak shot that was saved by Jones.
Canberra extended their lead 2 minutes later in the 78th minute when that lass Sykes placed herself well. 

With Arnold out to a cross from the left, challenged by Heyman, the ball was helped on by Heyman’s head – and Sykes herself headed into an empty net. 1-3

A penalty kick in stoppage time for a consolation was saved by Arnold off substitute Grace Gill.

For Perth, the loss of Sam Kerr to injury during the final round game against Canberra was a tremendous blow, unbalancing their attack but even then Canberra seemed to have ‘the wood’ on the Glory this season despite their dominance in the league.

So ended the 10th season of the W-League, and ABC coverage for ever (due to government budget cuts). Who will pick it up, if anyone? Will clubs/federations be allowed to video stream?

Well done to all the ladies who played this season, and good luck to the representative teams coming up.

Match details

Crowd:  2,672

Perth Glory FC:  1. Mackenzie Arnold (gk), 2. Sarah Carroll (3. Carys Hawkins +60′), 4. Bronwyn Studman, 5. Shannon May, 6. Alanna Kennedy, 9. Caitlin Foord, 12. Kate Gill, 14. Collette McCallum, 15. Shelina Zadorsky, 17. Marianna Tabain, 13. Elisa D’Ovidio (7. Gabrielle Marzano +78′)
Substitutes not used:  18. Gabrielle Dal Busco (rgk), 16. Thia Eastman

Cards:  Carrol 49′, Foord 64′, Zadorsky 90’+2

Coach:  Jamie Harnwell

Canberra United FC:  1. Chantel Jones (gk), 2. Catherine Brown, 6. Caitlin Munoz, 7. Ellie Brush, 11. Michelle Heyman, 13. Nicole Begg, 14. Ashleigh Sykes, 16. Lori Lindsey (9. Grace Gill +90’+2), 22. Stephanie Ochs, 12. Sally Rojahn, 10. Grace Maher (3. Julia De Angelis +55′)
Substitutes not used:  20. Melissa Maizels (rgk), 15. Tegan Riding,  5. Grace Field

Cards:  Brown 62′, Munoz 86′

Coach: Lisbeth Migchelsen

Ratings and points
Referee:    Kate Jacewicz    7/10
Assistants: Tanya De Boer, Renee Coghill; Fourth Official: Casey Reibelt

Game:   8/10
Pitch:   8/10

BOTN Player points:
3.  Ashleigh Sykes (CU)
2.  Stephanie Ochs (CU)
1.  Caitlin Foord (PG)