Sydney FC 1-1 Melbourne City: W-League Report

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Sydney FC has played out its first draw of the Westfield W-League season, with an underwhelming performance against reigning W-League Champions Melbourne City.

The game never reached any great heights as the hot Sydney weather drained the enthusiasm from both sides in the clash at Allianz Stadium.

The first half produced limited chances and the best opportunity in the opening 45 minutes fell to the versatile Georgia Yeoman-Dale who hit the crossbar after a curling effort.
More frustration fell the way of the sky blues as Nicola Bolger had a goal ruled out for offside after a smart back heel from Teresa Politis had opened up space for the talented winger.
At half time both sides went into the sheds with the scores locked 0-0.

The game continued to be a tight tussle in the second half as both sides flew into challenges and put their bodies on the line to create meaningful chances.

Sydney eventually broke the deadlock on 67 minutes with Women’s Asian Player of the year Caitlin Foord skipping past a plethora of defenders to score on 67 minutes. Foord who was playing in an unfamiliar left back position showed her speed, skill and class to knock the ball past Melbourne City keeper Lydia Williams after her brilliant run.

Melbourne got themselves back into the contest however and managed an equaliser just ten minutes later through Jessica Fishlock who headed home after a sublime cross from Stephanie Catley.

Sydney thought they had the winner late on, as youngster Remi Siemsen knocked home a Kyah Simon cross, however the offside flag was again raised and the sky blues had to settle for a point in the grand final replay.

Sydney still have a two point buffer over second placed Perth Glory who have a game in hand.

Sydney FC have the BYE next round while Melbourne City contest the Melbourne derby on Sunday 15 January (kick off 4pm) at Epping Stadium.
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