Sydney FC shocked Canberra United in a 1-0 upset win at McKellar Park on Sunday, in a result that sees the Sky Blues progress to next weekend’s Westfield W-League Grand Final.

A controversial goal from Player of the Match Jasmyne Spencer was enough to send Sydney through as Canberra conceded defeat at home for the first time this season.

The first half began slowly with neither side opening up early, Canberra opting instead to hold possession and sit deep. A flat football interrupted proceedings briefly before play was resumed, and Sydney soon began to assert themselves on the match.

The Sky Blues pressed higher up the park, pegging United back towards their own goal, and Jasmyne Spencer was a constant menace, first down the left wing, before shifting across to the right.

Kyah Simon had the first real chance of the half as she fired just wide from inside the box, before Michelle Betos was required in the Sydney goal to brilliantly deny Ellie Brush’s back-post header.

The visitors had a brilliant chance after 22 minutes as Spencer burst into the box but Rebecca Kiting’s fantastic last ditch tackle denied her shot.

That was not the last the United backline saw of Spencer for the half, as the winger turned Nicole Begg inside out on the edge of the box before beating Jenna McCormick only to see her shot cannon off the post in the 43rd minute.

Both sides came out unchanged after the break, looking to break the deadlock. Both Lydia Williams in the Canberra goal and Betos for Sydney were however staunchly denying all-comers.

The visitors finally cracked the stalemate after 61 minutes under controversial circumstances.

A floated cross from the right was initially claimed by Williams, however she appeared to be fouled by Kyah Simon, with both goalkeeper and ball hitting the deck. Spencer was first on the scene for Sydney and she lashed the ball into the net as United players protested angrily.

The Sky Blues proceeded to drop their line following the goal, rather restricting themselves to chances on the break as United pushed for an equaliser.

Canberra United’s Ash Sykes had the best chance fall to her after a great run and cross from Nicole Begg, however the winger could not connect properly, her tame effort trickling away from danger.

Substitute Nickoletta Flannery came close in the dying moments as she latched onto a loose ball in the box however Sydney’s own substitute, veteran defender Renee Rollason was on hand to knock the ball away off the line.

The closing minutes saw Canberra trying their luck with long balls into the box, however Sydney’s defence stood tall under the pressure and made sure that Spencer’s goal was enough to see them through to the Westfield W-League Grand Final.

Sydney FC will play the winner of the second Semi Final between Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar in the Grand Final next weekend.

Canberra United: 1. WILLIAMS Lydia (GK), 3. DE ANGELIS Julia, 4. FLETCHER Kendall, 5. MCCORMICK Jenna, 6. MUNOZ Caitlin, 7. BRUSH Ellie, 8. MCLAUGHLIN Mel, 11. HEYMAN Michelle, 13. BEGG Nicole, 14. SYKES Ashleigh, 18. KITING Rebecca

SUBS: 2. BROWN Catherine, 9. GILL Grace, 12. KETE Emma, 19. FLANNERY Nickoletta, 20. MAIZELS Melissa

Sydney FC: 1. BETOS Michelle (GK), 2. RALSTON Elizabeth, 5. SPENCER Jasmyne, 6. POLIAS Teresa, 7. BOLGER Nicola, 9. IBINI-ISEI, Princess, 11. TOBIN, Natalie, 14. KENNEDY, Alanna, 15. ALLEN Teigen, 17. SIMON Kyah, 19. KHAMIS Leena

SUBS: 4. FRANCO Sunny, 10. ROLLASON Renee, 12. PRICE, Olivia, 18. KHAMIS, Shamiran

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