What Sydney FC’s loss means for finals

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Sydney FC has thrown away their chance for a home semi-final after being defeated 2-0 by Melbourne City at WIN Stadium.

The final round of the regular W-League season gave Sydney FC a chance to leapfrog into second, or even first place on the ladder, along with the incentive of a home semi-final depending on results. The three points would have put the Sky Blues in front, and made them seriously in contention for premiership status. But instead, Sydney was defeated by fifth placed Melbourne City.

The squad conceded two goals to a hungry Melbourne City, but it wasn’t enough – City would have needed to beat Sydney by five goals to make their finals dream a reality.

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Sydney FC’s head coach Ante Juric said that although his team new they had a five goal buffer, he never aimed for anything less than the three points.

“Today we had the five goal cushion which was nice, but we went out to win, not to concede.

“City are an excellent team, they should be in the finals, but not at our expense.

Juric was proud of his side despite their loss to the team that just missed out on finals.

“If you take it in context, we only had a game four days ago, so they had a two or three day longer rest than us.

“It’s tough to back up, especially in these conditions and against a team that’s desperate.

“In that sense I’m not too displeased, obviously we wanted to win to take the premiership but we can’t, so we go next step and try to get to the grand final.

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Although Sydney’s game against City determined their play-off spot in the finals, Juric admitted that last week’s draw against Melbourne Victory wasn’t favourable for his side either.

“I think we let it slip last week against Victory to be honest, that was really the game we had to win to get the premiership.

It will be a tough finals run for the Sky Blues, who are facing a number of playing missing due to injuries.

“We have to try to recoup, Liz was out yesterday, Tobin has got glandular fever, Lisa might struggle, Sav is injured, we’ve got Taylor out obviously and Amy Sayer too, so we’re in a bit of trouble for numbers, but whoever plays will do a job.

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Although Sydney might have blown their chance for a home semi-final, Juric is still confident in Sydney’s ability to take it all the way.

“No team’s had as many chances as us, not even close. We deserve to be in this position”.

The Sky Blues will remain in third spot on the ladder after their loss to City, and no longer have a chance to take out the premiership or secure a home semi-final. But don’t rule out this side yet – there’s still very much in the running to take out a grand final.

 

Feature Image photo credit: Jaime_Castaneda_Sydney_FC_WWL_1718_Caitlin_Foord

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

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