Sydney surprise Melbourne for first win of the season

by Stephen Webb

Westfield W-League
Season 2017-18, Round 4

Saturday November 18, 5 pm
Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Sydney FC 3 (Kylie Ledbrook 45+2′, Teresa Polias 64′, Remy Siemsen 91′) defeated Melbourne City FC  2 (Elizabeth Ralston 43′, Larissa Crummer 53′)

Remy Siemsen’s last-minute goal secured Sydney’s surprise win against Melbourne city but still left Sydney holding up the table.

The home side had the better of the ball in the first half but Melbourne looked more likely to score.

Leena Khamis had a soft shot on target in the first minute and being penalised for a foul on Alanna Kennedy denied Sydney a goal four minutes later.

In the 11th minute a poor decision by Kylie Ledbrook as Sydney had numbers going forward cost her team another chance. But a deflected long shot by Ledbrook won Sydney a corner minutes later. And another long effort from Georgia Yeoman-Dale wasn’t far from the top right corner of goal.

The first 14 minutes was all Sydney. It wasn’t pretty but Melbourne had nothing to offer … until Ashley Hatch shot from the top left corner of Sydney’s goal box to demand a save from Sharmiran Khamis.

Sydney continued to boss the midfield with no ideas in the final third.

In the 26th minute Kyah Simon airswung and Ashley Hatch had a shot blocked on a cross from Larissa Crummer on the left. After a Melbourne free kick, Simon shot to the left of goal.

In the 31st minute Princess Ibini intercepted a Melbourne pass and received a return from Ledbrook, her shot going wide and just beyond Khamis at the left post.

In the 40th minute the best chance of the game so far fell to Chloe Logarzo, who half-volleyed over the crossbar.

Until … a few minutes later Kennedy scored with a lobbed header at the far post on a Melbourne corner from the right. The goal was recorded as an own goal to Elizabeth Ralston but she was only helping the ball on its way over the line.

In the final minutes of the first half Khamis was strong and Logarzo won a free kick that Ledbrook hit to the left of goal.

Then in time added on Ledbrook latched on to a poor clearance by Melissa Hudson and put an easy shot past Hudson into the open net.

Not long into the second half Melbourne resumed the lead when Rachael Souter let Simon get to the line and cross from the right, providing a simple tap in for Crummer.

In the 58th minute Yukari Kinga, impressive pushing forward, put a long shot wide. Then Rebekah hit a soft shot to goalkeeper Khamis.

In the 63rd minute Ibini turned in the Melbourne penalty area and shot high.

And a minute later Teresa Polias, fed square by Logarzo, dropped a long shot into the top left corner of Melbourne’s goal.

Equality was restored and excitement increased.

Simon hit Sydney’s crossbar and Crummer should have done better with a shot at the left post, just wide on a cross from the right.

For Sydney, Ibini and substitute Remy Siemsen had a chance two-on-one, with Siemsen, under pressure from Kennedy, firing too softly to cross the goal line.

In the 78th minute, Yeoman-Dale, who looked wobbly in the first half, backed herself down the right and hit a cross that just evaded teammates in front of goal.

Soutar shot just wide of the top right corner.

Kennedy headed wide.

And, in time added on, Ibini crossed from the left when it looked as though she had missed her chance, finding Siemsen, who turned away from Lauren Barnes and scored with her left foot inside the right post.

Sydney had won.

Match details

Sydney FC 3 (Ledbrook 45’ + 2’, Polias 64’, Siemsen 90’ + 1’) def. Melbourne City FC 2 (Ralston OG 43’, Crummer 53’)

Attendance: 2,115

Sydney FC:
1. Shamiran Khamis (gk), 2. Teresa Polias, 4. Elizabeth Ralston, 6. Chloe Logarzo, 7. Rachel Soutar (17. Angelique Hristodoulou 83’), 8. Amy Harrison, 10. Kylie Ledbrook (21. Julia Vignes 81’), 13. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 15. Caitlin Cooper, 19. Leena Khamis (3. Remy Siemsen 61’), 20. Princess Ibini.
Subs Not Used: 30. Sheridan Rainey (gk).
Yellow Cards: 20. Princess Ibini.
Red Cards: None.

Melbourne City FC:
23. Melissa Hudson (gk), 2. Yukari Kinga, 3. Lauren Barnes, 4. Ashley Hatch, Stephanie Catley, 9. Larissa Crummer, 11. Rhali Dobson, 13. Rebekah Stott, 14. Alanna Kennedy, 15. Amy Jackson, 17. Kyah Simon.
Subs Not Used: 30. Emily Kenshole (gk), 5. Lia Muldeary, 16. Sofia Sakalis, 19. Tyla Jay Vlahnic.
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None.

Referee: Lara Lee
Assistant referees: Delfina Dimoski and Nia Southwell
Fourth official: Kelly Jones

Game: 9/10

Pitch: 7/10

Best players:
3. Alanna Kennedy (Melbourne City FC)
2. Elizabeth Ralston (Sydney FC)
1. Teresa Polias (Sydney FC)

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