W-League | Sydney dispatch determined Victory

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Sydney FC have edged out Melbourne Victory 2-1 in a tight and physical affair at Lakeside Stadium.

The Victory were on the look out for an improved performance after last week’s horrible showing against the Jets.

Coach Jeff Hopkins would’ve been pleased with the first 15 minutes of the match as Victory had multiple chances to take the lead.

Natasha Dowie spurned her shot wide after the cheekiest of nutmegs on Elizabeth Ralston, although many in the crowd thought that it had slipped passed Shamiran Khamis in the Sydney goal.

But history repeated itself for the Victory as they went down to another freekick goal in the 17th minute.

Matilda Alanna Kennedy stepped up and curled the ball in the top corner of the goal to make it 1-0.

Victory keeper Bianca Henninger would have been disappointed with her effort as she could only deflect the ball into crossbar and then into the goal.

Sydney then settled into their groove and began dictating the pace of the game, Caitlin Foord and Kyah Simon looking dangerous as always with Remy Siemsen providing some width down the left flank.

It wasn’t too long before Sydney made it 2-0 with Georgia Yoeman-Dale cutting the ball back to Siemsen who was waiting outside the six yard box to tap in the goal in the 35th minute.

Despite going into the break two goals down Victory came out for the second period with renewed vigor.

Dowie was in the thick of the action early in the second half setting up Ayesha Norrie with the low drive at goal.

But a golden opportunity for the Victory was wasted when Barbieri played in Dowie in the 63rd minute.

The England international picked the ball up just outside the box, rounded the keeper but couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net.

Kennedy almost made the Victory pay five minutes later with another freekick crashing against the crossbar.

Yet the Victory weren’t done yet.

Dowie who was alive all game poked home from close range through Khamis’ legs after a huge Laura Spiranovic throw-in with seven minutes to go.

It could easily have been two in two minutes for Dowie who put the ball past the post after a nutmeg on Ralston.

It was a nervy finish for Sydney but they were able to hold on for the three points and now sit in second behind Newcastle Jets.

Despite a much improved performance Victory are still winless this season and look towards next week’s Melbourne Derby against Melbourne City.

Melbourne Victory 1 (83’ Dowie)
Sydney FC 2 (17’ Kennedy, 35’ Siemsen) 

Melbourne Victory: 1. Henninger Bianca (GK), 2. NATOLI Alexandra, 3. CHEAL Alexandra, 6. MARTIN Annabel, 7. PRIVITELLI Lia, 8. NORRIE Ayesha, 9. DOWIE Natasha, 10. NAIM Christine (C), 11. BARBIERI Melindaj, 15. TARANTO Adriana, 16. JOHNSON Samantha,
Substitutes: 13. SPIRANOVIC Laura, 17. KOCA Gulcan, 19. ALONSO Rachel 20. MASON-JONES Bethany (GK)

Sydney FC: 1. KHAMIS Shamiran (GK), 2. POLIAS Teresa, 3. SIEMSEN Remy, 4. RALSTON Elizabeth, 6. UZUNLAR Servet, 7. BOLGER Nicola, 9. FOORD Caitlin, 13. YEOMAN-DALE Georgia, 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 17. SIMON Kyah, 19. KHAMIS Leena
Substitutes: 11. TOBIN Natalie, 12. PRICE Olivia, 15. EASTHOPE Sarah (GK), 20. IBINI-ISEI Princess

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