With star striker Caitlin Foord sidelined with injury Sydney FC were unable to get on the scoresheet in their W-League Grand Final showdown with Melbourne City.

Sydney are undefeated in every match that Foord has played in this season with the Matildas striker scoring three goals since her return to the Sky Blues in December last year.

The Sky Blues were able to create a host of opportunities throughout yesterday’s encounter with Lisa De Vanna coming close early in the first half while Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Teresa Polias’ efforts in the opening quarter of the second half were the closest they came to scoring.

Without the Matildas striker on the pitch the Sky Blues were wasteful in front of goal and coach Ante Juric admitted that his side were unable to fill the void left by the 23-year-old’s absence.

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“She’s immense, a super player but I thought Leena Khamis did a solid job and Remy when she came on,” Juric said.

“The difference in Caitlin is that she puts fear into the opposition, so to lose a world class player like that is a big loss and we saw that today.”

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Foord’s replacement in their clash against City, Khamis, has failed to find the back of net this season and Sunday’s match marked only her third start of the campaign. While her experience would have benefited the side Juric should have selected Siemsen based on her form.

Despite her age the 18-year-old has recorded four goals throughout the season and would have provided more of an attacking threat for her side in the final third.

The Sky Blues lacked the usual composure and intensity in yesterday’s defeat and Juric highlighted that inexperience may be to blame.

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“I don’t think we played to our potential which is the disappointing part. They were a little bit nervous, the passes weren’t reaching their targets,” Juric said.

“We just didn’t execute, probably nerves. It’s a learning curve, you need to learn to put your chances away and you need to back yourself to be a champion.”

The presence of Foord in yesterday’s crucial contest would have provided Juric’s side with the much-needed experience as well as stability and she was sorely missed as they fell to their third grand final defeat.

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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