McCaskill leads Sydney FC to Grand Final victory

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Savannah McCaskill has steered her side to a W-League Grand Final triumph after defeating Perth Glory 4-2 in Sydney.

The American was awarded the Player of the Grand Final after scoring both the second and third goals for the Sky Blues. McCaskill put her side in front at the end of the first half with her looping header flying over Perth’s goalkeeper.

“Caitlin put an absolute cracker of a ball in, she whipped it in perfectly. I caught the keeper playing the cross a bit, I think she thought I was going to be able to get my head to it, so I put it on target and hoped for the best. It worked out and it ended up being great,” she said.

McCaskill scored again in the second half, extending Sydney FC’s lead to 3-1. The attacker controlled a ball in the air before spinning and striking into the bottom corner.

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McCaskill’s efforts were sandwiched between a superb strike from Sofia Huerta early in the first half and Chloe Logarzo’s 70th minute goal, leaving Perth with a huge mountain to climb.

The 22 year old’s player-of-the-match performance was viewed by over 6,000 spectators at Jubilee Stadium, including McCaskill’s parents who had travelled from the US to watch the Grand Final match.

“They came out for two weeks over Christmas so I didn’t think they were going to make it back, but I got a text from my parents on Wednesday saying they had booked their flights and they would be here on Friday.

“I thought my dad was joking at first, I was like, there’s no way you’re flying 19 hours out here for one game. They’re amazing, they’ve been able to follow my entire career and have missed very few games so it’s just amazing for them to be able to enjoy the moment as well.”

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Sydney FC’s head coach Ante Juric spoke highly of the US international and the impact she had not only in the Grand Final, but throughout the entire season.

“Today, obviously big players step up, but she’s been huge the whole year. She came in, and she did a job for us.

“She’s a world class player, she’s not just a good player. I’m surprised she’s not in the national team but I’m sure she’ll get there, she’s still very young.

Juric was proud of his side in what he called a ‘sensational’ performance, although he acknowledged that Perth had their fair share of chances too.

“I told the girls at half time, it was probably the best game we’ve played. Sam Kerr and Rachel Hill keep getting patches where they attack and they’re dangerous, but I thought Alanna Kennedy, Elizabeth Ralston and the whole back line was sensational to stop that.

“They were never out of the game, so when we got to four and there was a minute to go, then I was comfortable.”

The Sky Blues triumph over Perth Glory sees Sydney achieve their third championship in W-League history.

 

Feature Image Credit: Nigel Owen

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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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