Harrison comes back to haunt Sydney FC

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Amy Harrison admitted she resisted the temptation to ‘go crazy’ after opening the scoring against her former side Sydney FC on Friday.

The 23-year-old lined up for Western Sydney Wanderers against the club she had represented since 2012 for the first time and was immediately involved in the action.

She found the back of the net with a sweet low strike just four minutes into the Wanderers’ emphatic 5-0 rout of their cross-city rivals.

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The former sky blue was well aware of her early strike’s significance in assisting Western Sydney to make a statement and topple the reigning champions in style.

“Obviously I knew what Sydney were all about so an early goal was super important,” she said.

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“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t really want to just go crazy, but I kept it cool and just celebrated with the girls.”

Harrison admitted the task of facing her former teammates played on her mind a little in the lead up to the contest.

“I think it’s inevitable as I was there for such a long time,” she said.

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“Sydney have been a big part of my career but I’m at the Wanderers now.”

Harrison revealed her primary motivation was a desire to deliver the Wanderers their second ever derby triumph after a painful five-year drought.

“It was all about winning today and getting the Wanderers back on winning terms in a derby match,” she said.

The ten-time Matilda is relishing the opportunity to play an attacking midfield role in Dean Heffernan’s outfit after spending her last season at Sydney in defence.

Harrison has already notched up two goals this season – just one shy of her total from six seasons in sky blue.

“I love it, last season at left back for Sydney I can’t say that I loved it,” she said.

“I’m so happy to be playing higher up, actually being in the box and contributing to goals.

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“It’s a bit of a throwback because I actually did start my career playing there.

“It’s nice to be back there being able to play the balls into ‘Speedy Gonzales’ (Lynn Williams) and our attacking players do the rest.”

After Friday’s derby blowout, the Red and Black are now sitting undefeated in second spot approaching the mid-point of their campaign.

This remarkably has last season’s wooden spooners one point clear of Sydney with a game in hand as things stand.

Feature image credit: Western Sydney Wanderers 

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Passionate Sports Media student and all round football obsessive, covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2019/20 season.