Sydney FC has run rampant over a shell shocked Canberra United side to the tune of 6-1 in a lopsided affair at Lambert Park on Tuesday Afternoon.
The Sky Blues fresh off a 2-1 win over arch Rivals the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night, weren’t affected by having to play their second game in four days as they hit the ground running from the opening whistle.
Some crisp passing, fluid ball movement and a little bit of individual brilliance had the visitors searching for answers as they were swamped off the park. The high pressing of the Sydney side did a lot to throw off Canberra who a few weeks ago had upset reigning W-League Champions Melbourne City.
Winger Nicola Bolger opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour with a curling effort from a free kick that was un-met at the far post and bounce into the goal.
Less than ten minutes later, Sydney doubled its lead with youngster Remi Siemsen tapping in a rebound after Nigerian sensation Francisca Ordega had bamboozled the Canberra defence with a nice run and stinging shot. Siemsen was in the right place at the right time and the 16-year-old gleefully tapped home the easiest of chances.
Canberra did their best to stem the flow of opportunities and held firm for the final 20 minutes of the half to go into the break down 2-0. They had shown some mettle in the defence, whilst Hayley Raso caused headaches for the Sydney back four with her pace and guile from the midfield.
The Sky Blues came out all guns blazing in the second half however and completely tore apart the Canberra side. Two goals in a four minute period to in-form Kyah Simon as she poked a shot past the helpless Trudy Burke and then Remi Siemsen who collected her 2nd of the game through virtue of an easy tap in all but put the Canberra side out of the contest.
Sydney Centre back Alanna Kennedy was sent off on 63 minutes for a second bookable offence in what could come back to haunt the Sky Blues in coming matches. She ran in to the back of Canberra attacker Grace Maher during a mistimed challenge.
However, If Canberra thought the flow of goals was going to stop on the accord of Sydney being reduced to ten women then they were very wrong. Two more goals were added by Ordega (after Canberra had pulled a goal back via a free kick) her first for the club after a sublime pass by Leena Khamis and then the aforementioned Khamis added the cherry on top of an already beautiful cake with an 81st minute effort to end the game at 6-1 to the Sky Blues much to the delight of the 1,027 loyal fans at Lambert Park.
The loss was just Canberra’s second of the season and there will concerns about the easiness of the goals conceded. Having conceded just nine goals in the first seven games, to leak six in one match has the side looking for answers and quickly.
The win keeps Sydney FC at the top of the Westfield W-League ladder with a four point buffer over Perth Glory who have a game in hand.