Sydney FC defeated Canberra United 3-0 at Allianz Stadium yesterday to claim their fourth W-League win in a row. The resurgent Sky Blues have also managed to bolster an already loaded attacking line with the addition of Matilda Caitlin Foord.

Foord joins the formidable group that includes the trio of youngster Remy Siemsen and Matildas Princess Ibini and Lisa De Vanna. That triple threat has scored eight of Sydney’s eleven goals between them in the last four games and should have scored more against a suspect Canberra backline.

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The game started even enough with Canberra and Sydney sharing the stats right down the middle for the opening thirty. At the half hour mark a brilliant move from Ibini to beat her marker to the byline and cut the ball back found De Vanna with little do do but fire it home to open the scoring.

The second goal came just before half time and was all De Vanna. The Matilda star picked the ball up wide and charged into the box with authority before adjusting to curl a beautifully curled effort into the top corner. It was a moment that reminded the crowd why she was one of the best in the country.

Canberra went into the sheds unlucky to be 2-0 down when you looked at the possession statistics but the came of the sheds a shell of the team they were in the first. The visitors were completely dominated by the Sky Blues in a half that should have seen Sydney double – if not triple – their lead. As it stood only one goal was added to the tally when a De Vanna cross found Toni Pressley’s head for what was the own goal of the season.

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Foord came on as a second half substitute and her movement both on and off the ball created issues immediately even if her aim wasn’t quite there. Foord joins a team that is just starting to hit its form but still needs to grow if they’re going to beat out table topping Perth.

“The wins are there, and I think now we’re on a bit of a role and I think we can keep that going,” said Foord before the game.

Foord was a part of the Sydney side last year who were embarrassed 5-1 by a rampant Perth Glory in the semi final last season but she believes that the current group has what it takes to go all the way.

“We’re looking to go one better and reach the final,” said Foord. “I think that’s achievable with the group of girls that we’ve got.”

That much seems true as even opposition fans were in awe of Sydney’s glut of attacking players:

The big test will come in two weeks time when Sydney travel to face Sam Kerr’s first place Glory.

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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.