Sydney too good for Perth in W-League Grand Final

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Sydney FC have won the W-League Grand Final after defeating Perth Glory 4-2 at Jubilee Stadium.

The home side had a chance to go in front within the first two minutes of the match after Savannah McCakill’s header was deflected by the cross bar.

Only minutes later, Sydney FC took the lead after a cracking long range shot from Sofia Huerta found the top right corner, putting the Sky Blues in front 1-0.

Perth Glory were awarded a penalty kick mid-way through the first half after Samantha Kerr was brought down in the box by Danielle Colaprico. The star striker stepped up to take the kick, sliding it past Aubrey Bledsoe to equalise for her side.

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At 1-1, the early pressure from Sydney FC subdued into a more even affair, with chances at both ends of the pitch. Perth’s attacking duo of Sam Kerr and Rachel Hill linked up nicely, but Sydney’s defence was able to extinguish their first half chances.

Savannah McCaskill put the Sky Blues in front 2-1 towards the end of the first after. Caitlin Foord sent a cross into the American, whose looping header went up and over Perth’s goalkeeper Eliza Campbell.

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The second half started out in favour of the Sky Blues, who claimed a majority of possession and attacking opportunities. Ibini-Isei avoided two defenders before firing a shot towards Campbell, with the young striker teaming up with Foord and McCaskill to give their side the early momentum.

McCaskill scored her double and extended Sydney FC’s lead after controlling a ball in the air, turning and finishing in the bottom corner, making the score 3-1 to the home side.

The grand final heated up even more when Perth’s winger Alyssa Mautz knocked the ball into the back of the net from the near post after a Glory corner, giving her side a flicker of hope at 3-2.

It didn’t take long for the Sky Blues to respond, with Chloe Logarzo netting the fourth goal for the home side less than two minutes after Mautz’s effort. Logarzo picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and blasted it into the net, restoring their two goal buffer.

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Sydney FC’s defence worked hard to keep out the attacking efforts of Sam Kerr and the Glory, with Alanna Kennedy and Elizabeth Ralston clearing their lines and making tackles at vital moments, keeping the final score at 4-2 to Sydney FC.

Sydney FC’s annihilation of Perth Glory sees the Sky Blues win their third ever W-League Grand Final, and leaves Perth Glory as runners up once more.

 

Sydney FC 4 (Sofia Huerta 6’, Savannah McCaskill 41′, 61′, Chloe Logarzo 70′)

Away team 2 (Samantha Kerr 23′, Alyssa Mautz 68′)

 

Stadium: Jubilee Stadium

 

Referee: Kate Jacewicz

Assistant referee: Sarah Ho and Renae Coghill

Fourth official: Eleanor Hayes

 

Home Team: Aubrey Bledsoe (GK), Teresa Polias, Elizabeth Ralston, Ally Green, Chloe Logarzo, Caitlin Foord, Savannah McCaskill, Alanna Kennedy, Princess Ibini-Isei, Sofia Huerta, Danielle Colaprico, Lisa De Vanna (75′), Amy Harrison (82′), Angelique Hristodoulou (90+1′)

Unused subs: Shadeene Evans, Trudy Burke (GK)

 

Away Team: Eliza Campbell (GK), Kim Carroll, Alyssa Mautz, Shannon May, Nicole Stanton, Rachel Hill, Leticia McKenna, Jamie-Lee Gale, Samantha Kerr, Natasha Rigby, Kathleen Naughton, Caitlin Doeglas (67′), Alexia Moreno (76′)

Unused subs: Sarah Carroll, Jenna Onions, Morgan Aquino (GK)

 

Feature Image Credit: Ryan Pierse

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