W-League | Sydney supreme in 6-1 Canberra whitewash

Sydney FC have thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the W-League with a 6-1 demolition of Canberra United in front of 1,027 passionate fans at Lambert Park.

A brace from Remy Siemsen and a standout performance from Leena Khamis proved too much for an out of sorts Canberra, even with the second half dismissal of Sydney centre-back Alanna Kennedy.

The Sky Blues set the tone for the match from the outset dominating their opponents and looking deadly in attack through Nigerian international Francisca Ordega.

The home side capitalised after just 15 minutes with Nicola Bolger’s free kick beating everyone on the way into the net to make it 1-0.

It didn’t take long for Sydney to find the net again after an attempted pass on the edge of the area deflected into the path of Siemsen. The pacey winger pounced and stroked the ball into the back of the net to give Sydney a deserved 2-0 lead after 25 minutes.

Canberra played themselves into the game in the final ten minutes of the half, but failed to create any genuinely dangerous chances – Stephanie Ochs coming closest with two long range free kicks.

Sydney started the second half the way they left off – Leena Khamis punishing the lax Canberra defence with a beautifully weighted pass through to Kyah Simon five minutes after the restart. Simon latched on to the ball and poked home past an onrushing Trudy Burke to make it 3-0.

Khamis again proved creator for Sydney’s fourth, her tenacity in the goal mouth forcing the ball to Siemsen who gladly slotted home for her second of the day on 55 minutes.

The introduction of Lisa De Vanna with 30 minutes to play seemed to spark the Canberra team into action with the Matildas stalwart showing her class and energy in pressuring the Sydney defence.

The game could have tipped the visitors way just minutes later when Kennedy received her marching orders for a second yellow following a last-ditch tackle.

The sending off had an immediate impact with Yukari Kinga pegging one back for Canberra with a bizarre stuttering free kick that left Sydney keeper Khamis standing helpless.

But the comeback wasn’t to be for the visitors, Oredga sealing the victory for the Sky Blues with a fine 66th minute strike. Once again it was Khamis with a superb line-splitting pass that provided the assist and she was rewarded with a goal of her own 15 minutes later to make it 6-1.

Sydney FC  6 (Bolger 15’, Siemsen 24’ 55’, Simon 51’, Ordega 66’, Khamis 80’)
Canberra United 1 (Kinga 64’)

Stadium: Lambert Park
Crowd: 1,027

Referee: Katie Patterson
Assistant Referees: Sarah Ho and Delfina Dimoski
Fourth Official: Rebecca Davies

Sydney FC 1. KHAMIS Shamiran (gk), 2. POLIAS Teresa (c), 3. SIEMSEN Remy, 4. RALSTON Elizabeth, 7. BOLGER Nicola (12. Olivia Price 75’), 9. FOORD Caitlin, 10. ORDEGA Francisca (20. IBINI Princess 80’), 13. YEOMAN-DALE Georgia, 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 17. SIMON Kyah, 19. KHAMIS Leena (11. TOBIN Natalie 90’)

Substitutes: 15. EASTHOPE Sarah (gk)

Canberra United 1. BURKE Trudy (gk), 2. KINGA Yukari, 5. MCCORMICK Jenna, 8. RASO Hayley, 9. SPENCER Jasmyne (19. FLANNERY Nickoletta 65’), 10. MAHER Grace, 12. BREWER Hannah, 13. BOUREILLE Celeste, 14. SYKES Ashleigh (c), 15. CHECKER Emma (32. DE VANNA Lisa 58’), 22. OCHS Stephanie

Substitutes: 4. HUNT Clare, 20. BORIC Georgia (gk)

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