Princess Perfect Seals Derby Day Revenge For Sydney

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-3 Sydney FC

By Kris Goman.

Featuring Kris Goman’s photos which are EXCLUSIVE TO IMPETUS.

Sydney FC fronted up to Wanderland (Bankwest Stadium) against Western Sydney Wanderers in the Sydney derby to gain revenge for the 5-0 thrashing they received on their last visit to Parramatta.

Above: Georgia Yeoman-Dale at the centre of much of Western Sydney Wanderers’ early threat. Photo: Kris Goman.

However, Wanderers have a very different team now with none of the foreign superstars like Denise O’Sullivan, Lynne Williams, Kristen Hamilton and Sam Staab or even the local talent that went OS such as Ella Mastrantonio and Amy Harrison that helped them to the finals last season.

Saying that, Sydney is also missing players like Caitlin Foord, Alanna Kennedy, Chloe Logarzo, Aubrey Bledsoe and Veronica Latsko but somehow the Sydney team still looks and feels much like it did last year, relying instead on its home grown, younger talent.

Above: Ally Green crosses in for Sydney FC. Photo: Kris Goman.

From the start, Sydney looked tighter, smarter and faster. Back from a two year for injury, Georgia Yeoman-Dale (why does no one call her Yeo-da?) injected some pace down the side and along with Leena Khamis, they looked dangerous but Sydney had the bulk of possession.

The Sky Blues kept pressing until about 25 minutes in when Remy Siemsen, one of last year’s golden boot winners, took it down the left side and passed across the back of the box to Cortnee Vine who took one touch into the box and struck it cleanly into the net for her first goal of the season against her old club. It stayed 1-0 in Sydney’s favour until the break.

Above: Teresa Polias’ influence grew as the game went on. Photo: Kris Goman.

At the 60 minute mark, Teresa Polias sent a long ball out to Princess Ibini on the left. She brought it forward towards defender Danika Matos, sidestepped her on the right and sent the ball past keeper Courtney Newbon to the top right hand corner. It’s pure top bins and Newbon had no chance.

At 2-0, Sydney had the match in the bag. Khamis and Yeoman-Dale, Wanderers’ most experienced players, both went off at half time and it was hard to see how the Western Sydney side could come back from this. 

To add salt to the wounds, just before full time, Polias headed the ball over the Wanderers defence to Mackenzie Hawksby who passed it to substitute Allira Toby on the right. Toby  made a little no look pass through the defence to find Ibini who ran onto into the clear and popped it into the top left past Newbon’s outstretched arms for her second goal of the day and Sydney’s third.

Photo: Princess Ibini (left) dispatches her second goal into the net. Photo: Kris Goman

In the end, it’s a convincing win and just revenge for the thrashing last time Sydney were on the receiving end of here.

Teams: WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS: Newbon, Matos, Nevin, Chauvet, Cooper, Copus-Brown, Middleton, Price, Yeoman-Dale, Khamis, Henry. Substitutes: Willacy (GK), Gomez, Galea, Keane, Russell.

SYDNEY FC: Mathyssen-Whyman, Maclean, Green, Brush, Tobin, Polias, Hawkesby, Ray, Siemsen, Vine, Ibini. Substitutes: Offer (GK), Cholakian, Hristodoulou, Lowe, Toby.

Scorers: Vine 27. Ibini 60, 86.

Attendance: 3,027.

Referee: Kelly Jones.

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