W-League | Sydney scrape home in fiery clash

Sydney FC retook top spot on the W-League ladder after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar in front of a passionate 714 supporters at Lambert Park.

Princess Ibini’s 53rd minute strike was all that separated the two sides in a clash marked by with ferocious challenges and few clear cut opportunities.

The tone was set early in the game, a number of tough challenges flying in from both teams and Sydney captain Teresa Polias looking particularly determined with her tackling.

Brisbane’s best chance of the first half came after 17 minutes when Katrina-Lee Gorry found herself through on the right-hand side of box, but her stinging effort could only find the side netting.

Young speedster Allira Toby looked the most dangerous for the Roar as they sought to catch Sydney on the counter, but the service was largely lacking for the visitors.

Sydney appeared increasingly frustrated at the lack of clear cut chances they managed to create, but the home side nearly found a way through the organised Brisbane defense in the dying minutes of the half.

Princess Ibini latched on to a through-ball on the right flank, beating her defender with a deft touch before looping in a cross. Unfortunately for the Sky Blues, Georgia Yeoman-Dale’s scuffed effort was deflected over the crossbar by a desperate Brisbane leg on the line, leaving the tie scoreless at the break.

Brisbane started the better of the sides in the second half, and their early dominance almost paid dividends.

The visitors had the ball in the back of the net after 52 minutes when Toby used her blistering pace to latch on to a through ball and guide it past Sydney keeper Shamiran Khamis, only for the linesman to flag for offside.

Less than a minute later the home side were ahead with Princess Ibini’s 53rd minute strike giving Sydney the lead against the run of play.

Roar goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold will be left disappointed after she failed to adequately deal with a low cross into the box, leaving the unmarked Ibini to stroke the ball past a Brisbane defender into the net.

As the game wore on Brisbane were unlucky not to find an equaliser, Tameka Butt coming the closest with an 81st minute header, but time and again the visitors were thwarted by an outstanding Khamis.

New Nigerian signing Francisca Ordega looked good for the Sky Blues during her 30 minute cameo, impressing the home fans with her passing and trickery.

Sydney almost sealed the win in stoppage time, but Ordega’s probing cross couldn’t find a Sky Blue leg to add to Ibini’s earlier effort.

 

Sydney FC 1 (Ibini 53’)
Brisbane Roar 0

Stadium: Lambert Park
Crowd: 714

Referee: Katie Patterson
Assistant Referees: Sarah Ho and Delfina Dimoski
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Sydney FC 1. KHAMIS Shamiran (gk), 2. POLIAS Teresa (c), 4. RALSTON Elizabeth, 6. UZUNLAR Servet, 7. BOLGER Nicola (3. SIEMSEN Remy 77’), 11. TOBIN Natalie (10. ORDEGA Francisca 57’), 13. YEOMAN-DALE Georgia, 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 17. SIMON Kyah, 19. KHAMIS Leena, 20. IBINI Princess (9. FOORD Caitlin 70’)
Substitutes: 15. EASTHOPE Sarah (gk)

Brisbane Roar 1. ARNOLD Mackenzie (gk), 2. FRAUSING-PEDERSEN Nina, 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare (c), 8. TORPEY Kaitlyn, 10. GORRY Katrina, 12. TOBY Allira (5. SPENCE Brooke 81’), 13. BUTT Tameka, 14. O’BRIEN Summer (6. BEARD Angela 29’), 17. GIELNIK Emily, 18. EVANS Maddy
Substitutes: 20. WORTH Georgina (gk), 15. LLOYD Abbey

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