Yesterday’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory saw Sydney FC move off the bottom of the ladder with a performance that suggests they still have further to climb.

On a rainy afternoon at Sydney’s Cromer Park the Sky Blues dominated Victory from whistle to whistle in what was their most complete showing of the season.

Sydney have just two wins from five matches but with both those victories coming in the last two matches it seems as though they’ve turned a corner.

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“It took some time for things to gel with the team, which you’ve got to expect with such a high turnover in players,” offered Sydney defender Elizabeth Ralston.

“Hopefully now we’re starting to get better and we can start to get some points on the board.”

A more cohesive side was evident from the outset when an onslaught from the home team saw Princess Ibini open the scoring after just three minutes.

Although there were solid performances all over the park for the hosts the player of the match would have to go to Lisa De Vanna. The Matildas star was lively all match and put on a show for the for 1,644 fans that braved the rain.

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Her tireless work and effort was rewarded in at the hour mark when she picked up the ball in her own half and charged the length of the field to bury Sydney’s second goal. It was a moment worthy of any highlight reel and one that we’ve come to expect from De Vanna.

“I’ve seen her do it before for the Matildas,” said Sydney coach Ante Juric.

“As soon as she picked it up I knew she was going to score. And we needed it.”

It’s another disappointing loss for Melbourne in what has been an equally disappointing season. With just 4 points from 5 games the Victorians sink to the bottom three and are winless since the opening round.

For Sydney they’ll need to build on yesterday’s result if they want to be contenders by season end.

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Football fan, writer, and post-grad journalism student at the University of Technology Sydney. Joined the team in 2017 to cover Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.