Sydney FC W-League coach Ante Juric was ecstatic after his side displayed a vastly improved performance to topple Melbourne City at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

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After an uncharacteristically poor start to the season the Sky Blues sat winless at the bottom of the table and prior to Saturday’s clash were still searching for their first goal from open play.

Comparatively Melbourne City had just come off a dominant five goal victory over Newcastle Jets and looked formidable moving forward with Jessica Fishlock and Larissa Crummer netting a brace each.

After a thrilling end to end game Sydney FC twice came back from behind and were ultimately rewarded for their resilience when Remy Siemsen made the most of a cross from Princess Ibini to score in the 91st minute to secure the first points of the season.

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The steep curb of improvement was noticeable across the pitch and Juric is confident that the long overdue win is the first of many to come as his squad finally begins to display signs of progression.

“I’ve told the girls from day one that we’ll excel by mid December,” he said post match.

“We need to win and pick up points before then so we’re not too far behind.

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“We’re really going to start to fly by then.”

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The win eases some of the concern surrounding the three consecutive losses which Sydney FC suffered in their opening rounds however in a game which could have easily ended even the side were not without their usual lapses.

Both of Melbourne City’s goals were derived from uncontested space in the box following wide crosses. Alanna Kennedy exposed the defensive flaw in the first half after firing home her header from the corner and Rhali Dobson was clinical in moving down the right flank before calmly supplying Larissa Crummer with her volley near the far post.

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Despite his jubilance Juric remained critical of his side’s performance and acknowledged the continuation of form required for the long and arduous climb out of the bottom spot.

“We definitely need to improve and that’s a good thing,” he said.

“We’re not close to what we can be, defensively we need to improve and finishing we need to improve.”

The win comes shortly after the 21 player Matildas squad announcement which saw Sydney FC players Lisa de Vanna, Amy Harrison and Chloe Logarzo receive selection.

For Juric the absence of players selected for international duty is not a concern as he believes the incentive to push for spots for the upcoming China PR fixtures will do well in bolstering the entire squad.

“I’ve said from day one to a lot of the girls that I will do everything I can to help them get to international level and in particular the Asian Cup,” he said.

“It’s a long season but if we do well as a team a lot of those players will get there.”

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