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Sydney FC has firmly entrenched itself in the Hyundai W-League top four with a 2-0 defeat of Adelaide United at Seymour Shaw Stadium on Sunday Afternoon.
For the first time in W-League history, a match was taken to the Sutherland Shire and the locals didn’t disappoint with more than 1,000 eager spectators cramming into Seymour Shaw Stadium the home of New South Wales Premier League Club the Sutherland Sharks.
Sydney dominated from the opening whistle with crisp passing and quick movement off the ball the highlights. They constantly had Adelaide on the back foot who had to play defensive football for major parts throughout the game to counter attack the pace and guile of the Sky Blues.
Sydney’s first clear cut chance fell in the 12th minute to Leena Khamis who connected on a lofted through ball but could only watch as her effort sailed over the bar.
Sydney continued to pepper shots at Adelaide keeper Eliza Campbell with both Caitlin Foord and Nicola Bolger having attempts whistle wide. Foord limped off with a foot injury at half time having been collected in a tackle in the first half in what was a major blow for the home side.
As the half time whistle approached it was the Sky Blues who got their just rewards with 17-year old striker Remy Siemsen scoring after lofting above a hapless Campbell after a lovely one-two by Nicola Bolger and Olivia Price in the midfield.
Sydney were able to right the ship just past the hour mark however when striker Khmais appeared to be bundled over in the box, however no penalty was given.
At the other end of the field, Adelaide searched desperately for an equaliser and came close through Rachael Quigley who hit the crossbar after she cut back in from a run across the byline.
The aforementioned play seemed to spark Sydney into gear as they registered no less than three corner in a matter of minutes. This eventually paid dividends as a swinging corner from Teresa Polias caused a frantic scramble in the box which resulted in an own goal from Adelaide defender Emily Hodgson. With just six minutes left this signaled the end for the visitors who had fought gallantly in the second half.
The win takes Sydney FC up to 2nd on the ladder with three wins from four starts and only behind Melbourne City on goal difference, whilst Adelaide are still searching for their first win of the 2016-2017 W-League Season in 8th place.This coming weekend Adelaide United host Canberra United on Saturday 3 December, while Sydney FC take on Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium in a Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League double header on Sunday 4 December.