W-League mid-season report card: Sydney FC

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With nearly half the season gone in the W-League, now is a perfect time to assess the good and bad of each club.

Semester summary: One point off the leaders does not make for bad reading but Ante Juric will know he has the quality to lead the pack.

The season started off with a huge Big Blue statement, downing their cross-boarder rivals 3-0. Sydney’s only loss came at Cromer Park against fellow heavyweights Melbourne City.

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In the match the three-time W-League winners were not up to scratch and struggled to keep up with the tempo of City.

The positives outweigh the negatives. Sydney are better off this season than last where they won only once after five games.

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Areas of excellence: If they are going to win another championship it will be through their lethal attack.

Sydney’s attacking intent is clear to see and they do play the most attractive football in the league. Juric’s 4-3-3 formation allows captain Teresa Polias to anchor the midfield and distribute attacks.

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In front of her is Chloe Logarzo who sets the tempo with her box-to-box role.

With the pace of Remy Siemsen, Princess Ibini, and Caitlin Foord, defences struggle to keep up.

Areas in need of improvement: Link-up between the lines.

The side is solid in broad terms but Sydney have struggled slightly to link up through defence into midfield.

Missing Alanna Kennedy for most of the season may have hindered this but there seems to be a lack of guile from Ellie Brush and Natalie Tobin to drive the ball into the midfield.

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This was highlighted with the latter’s half-time substitution against City and Kennedy’s first starting birth the following week.

Top student: Remy Siemsen. She has been the story of the W-League so far.

Still only 20 years of age, Siemsen has set the league alight with her electric pace and eye for goal.

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She returned to the club from a difficult spell at Western Sydney and has six goals.

A Matilda for the future.

Needs improvement: Princess Ibini would have expected a better start to her campaign.

There was a huge chance for the winger with Veronica Latsko missing the start of the campaign with injury.

The potential is there for all to see but there is no goal return for her currently.

Grade: B+

Outlook: Considering how bad results were this time last season, there is clear improvement from Sydney. They may find a rival in City this year but the underdog tag will suit Juric’s side.

The performances put in have been positive and any side will be in a real contest against Sydney. Anything less than a grand final appearance will be a failure.

Feature image credit: Keith McInnes

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Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.