Incredible Ibini cameo leads Sydney FC rout

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Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar went into the dressing rooms at half time at 1-1 during their W-League encounter on Sunday, but finished the game 5-1 thanks to Caitlin Foord’s treble and a Princess Ibini-inspired display.

It was a game of two halves at Seymour Shaw, with the first 45 minutes being played at a high intensity with end-to-end transitions. A goal to each side seemed a fair result; that is, until youngster Princess Ibini-Isei was subbed on, and star striker Caitlin Foord bagged her hat-trick.

Sydney FC coach Ante Juric admitted that he wasn’t too happy with his team’s first half performance, feeling as though they were getting caught out while pressing.

But a game-changing substitution in the form of Ibini seemed to be exactly was the Sky Blues needed.

“Princess came on and changed the game for us… she was huge. She did well last week when she came on too,” Juric said.

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Within one minute of entering the field, the young winger set up Sydney FC’s second goal. Ibini beat her player on the right side and crossed into Teresa Polias, who scored her second ever goal in the W-League, putting them ahead 2-1. Ten minutes later, Ibini added her own name to the score sheet, flicking the ball near post past Brisbane’s keeper.

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Ibini was a game-changer, but it was Caitlin Foord’s hat-trick that stole the show. It was the 15th minute when Foord put her side in front, converting after a perfectly placed pass from Savannah McCaskill.

The 67th minute saw Foord’s second goal hit the back of the net after a lofted ball from Danielle Colaprico. The striker’s hat-trick came after combination play with substitute Taylor Ray, the one-two finding its way back to Foord who finished from within the six yard box.

“It feels good, obviously I’m just happy that we got the win… whenever you’re putting balls in the back of the net it feels like you’ve done your job,” said Foord.

“Today we really showed character and we’re happy with how we played… we put five in the back of the net, that’s the main thing, and it’s good confidence moving forward.”

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Lani Johnson
Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.