Wanderers women no match for their Sydney FC visitors

By Paul Green

Westfield W-League – Season 10 – 2017/2018 – Round 7
5:00pm, Saturday 9 December, 2017 – Sydney Olympic Stadium, Homebush Bay

Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1 (Ellie Brush pen 41′)
lost to
Sydney FC 3 (Remy Siemsen 21′, 24′, Lisa De Vanna 62′)

The first Women’s League match played at Stadium Australia, Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, proved a big drawcard, with thousands of fans arriving early ahead of Western Sydney Wanderers’ A. League match against Sydney FC three hours later.

Spectators should have been delighted with the football on offer as both teams in the Sydney derby played a good brand of the game, with positive approaches which meant plenty of goalmouth action and some fine work by both the attacking players and those handed the task of defending.

In particular, despite eventually conceding three goals, Wanderers’ keeper Jada Whyman made many fine early saves and continued to prove a stumbling block for a very lively and experienced Sydney FC attack.

Whyman showed good command of her penalty area in claiming some difficult crosses, very sound handling her hallmark, later to block shots one-on-one, but in the end it wasn’t enough and Sydney were to run out well deserved 3-1 winners, with the only Wanderers’ goal coming via the penalty-spot, courtesy of the reliable Ellie Brush, after an unfortunate handball from what had looked a harmless piece of approach play by the home side.

Causing the most problems for the Wanderers was Sydney striker Remy Siemsen who bustled her way around the opposition penalty-area with fearsome intent.

Siemsen was denied in the 15th minute when through one-on-one with the keeper, by the intervention of an alert defender who was able to boot the ball clear in the nick of time.

The deadlock was broken, as seemed inevitable sooner or later to most of those present, when Lisa De Vanna galloped down the left in the 21st minute and stung the hands of Whyman with a typically powerful and goal-bound shot.

Unfortunately the brilliance of the keeper in stopping the shot was to no avail as the ball then fell in the path of the alert Siemsen who lashed the ball home.

Three minutes later and Siemsen was at it again this time finding some space to steer the ball home from close range a second time.

Wanderers had managed very few attacking raids of their own, to that point, but they had to attack or the game would completely get away from them and in the 40th minute they got their reward.

When a shot was charged down and referee Kelly Jones instantly pointed to the penalty spot it would have lifted the hopes of the home team and they didn’t waste the chance to pull one back and went in at half-time only 2-1 down and with plenty still to play for.

The Wanderers’ had a good chance in the 60th minute when Marlous Pieete squared the ball for Lo’eau Labonta, but the star player was 30 yards out and her effort was easily claimed by Sydney FC keeper Aubrey Bledsloe.

Two minutes later and Sydney were able to score a third.

In a rare mistake by the Wanderers’ keeper, a back pass from her defender Maruschka Waldus seemed to present her with a dilemma and instead of clearing the ball immediately Whyman found Lisa De Vanna bearing down on her as she tried to dribble the ball with her feet.

De Vanna made a strong challenge for the ball and the force of that tackle allowed the ball to spin away from the keeper and trickle into an unguarded net.

It was not a pretty sight for an otherwise impeccable keeper to witness, but De Vanna and Sydney FC won’t mind how the ball found the net.

The efforts of Whyan to atone were seen soon after when she saved well with her feet to deny Siemsen a potential hat-trick.

The Wanderers had a chance to pull another one back in the 76th only for Pieete to steer her effort from 12 yards just wide of the net.

Overall Sydney FC were well on top and most observers would probably agree that they always had this game under their control.

It was their third win in a row after a faltering start which saw an equal number of early losses.

Now the corner seems to be well and truly turned if this showing is anything to go by.

The Wanderers will need to do some soul-searching as they are currently among the group at the very bottom of the ladder.

Match details

Crowd: estimated 8,000 (curtain-raiser to A-League game)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 1. Jada WHYMAN (gk); 15.Talitha KRAMER, 7.Ellie BRUSH, 2.Maruschka WALDUS, 3.Jennifer BISSET; 5.Kahlia HOGG; 10.Lee FALKON, 11.Marlous PIEETE; 6.Lo’eau LABONTA; 8.Erica HALLOWAY (19.Susan PHONSONGKHAM 82), 9.Rosie SUTTON (4.Chloe O’BRIEN 84)
Subs not used: 20. Trudy BURKE (rgk), 17. Katelyn LEADBETTER

Yellow card: Jennifer Bisset 42′
Coach: Richard Byrne

Sydney FC: 29 Aubrey BLEDSLOE (gk); 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 16.Emily SONNETT, 8.Amy HARRISON (18 Taylor RAY 78); 6.Chloe LOGARZO (15.Caitlin COOPER 27), 10.Kylie LEDBROOK; 2.Teresa POLIAS (c); 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 20.Princess IBINI (19.Leena KHAMIS 75); 3. Remy SIEMSEN
Sub not used: 30 Sheridan RAINEY (rgk)

Yellow card: Kylie Ledbrook 71, Amy Harrison 76
Coach: Ante Juric

Referee: Kelly Jones 8/10
Assistants – Ellie Hayes and Georgia Ghirardello; Fourth Official: Katie Patterson

Ratings and points

Match: 7/10
Pitch 9/10
Weather warm, bright sunshine

Player noted: Talitha Kramer (WSW), Ellie Brush(WSW), Jada Mathyssen-Whyman(WSW), Teresa Polias (SFC), Remy Siemsen (SFC), Georgia Yeoman-Dale (SFC)