Sydney FC’s squad depth underlined in derby triumph

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The Sky Blues have climbed further up the ladder following their 3-0 win over derby rivals Western Sydney Wanderers, with squad depth being integral to Sydney FC’s victory.

Despite injuries and a number of young players taking the field, the Sky Blues were able to pull off another win in the race to the finals.

A mixture of young and experienced players as well as talent coming off the bench showcased the depth of Sydney’s squad in their first clean sheet of the season.

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Sydney FC’s head coach Ante Juric was impressed with his team’s performance considering a number of line-up changes and young players fielding his side.

“To play under pressure like that and get the three points is a positive… I’ve got belief in all my girls, anyone who comes in will do a job and that was proven today”

Youngsters Shadeene Evans and Julia Vignes both put in good shifts for their side, with Evans making her Sky Blues debut and Vignes performing well after coming back from injury.

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Taylor Ray and Savannah McCaskill were both removed from the field due to injuries, but the extent of talent in this team was able to make up for their absence. Star striker Caitlin Foord bagged a double for the Sky Blues, with American Sofia Huerta striking from a tight angle in the 40th minute after beating two defenders to put her side in front.

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The Sky Blues convincing 3-0 triumph was without veteran Lisa De Vanna, which only further highlights the depth of Sydney’s line-up.

“She had a little niggle so we kept her out this week… she’s a little bit older than the other girls so we’ve got to make sure we keep her in cotton wool at times… she should be back firing for us next week,” Juric continued.

The strength of the Sydney’s squad meant starting from the bench for Natalie Tobin.

“Nat Tobin has been around a long time and she’s been unlucky not to be starting… she’d probably start in other teams around the league, but it’s just the way that our strength in the team is.”

The depth of Sydney FC’s squad should put them in good stead for their clash against Brisbane Roar next week as they look for another three points on their road to the finals.

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