Goals galore at Sydney FC thanks to endless supply of attacking options

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Goals are coming thick and fast for the Sky Blues this A-League Women season, and it doesn’t seem to matter who from.

Sydney FC’s dominant display against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday was not only impressive in recording the club’s third consecutive win, but arguably more so for highlighting their wide range of playing options up front.

Courtnee Vine, Charlize Rule and Mackenzie Hawkesby all found the back of the net against the Phoenix, making eight of Sydney’s total goals scored this season having come from five different goalscorers.

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Having too many attacking options doesn’t seem like the worst problem to have. Trying to fit them all into one starting 11, however, is.

With countless attacking players at his disposal, Sydney FC manager Ante Juric will undoubtedly find difficulty giving each of his forwards adequate game time, granted results remain in his favour.

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“It’s hard for Ante, isn’t it?” Courtnee Vine remarked in a post-match interview.

Vine, along with striker Remy Siemsen, are the only two Sydney players to have found the net more than once in the season thus far. Sunday’s two other goalscorers, along with Princess Ibini, round out the club’s impressive tally.

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After being subbed on at the main break, it took just eight minutes for Rule to net her debut A-League Women’s goal on Sunday, and despite not finding a goal herself, Maria Jose Rojas also wreaked plenty of havoc on Wellington’s defence after coming on in the last 20 minutes.

“We have a lot of talented players that just sit on the bench each week,” Vine continued.

“So it’s always a very competitive training session, that’s for sure.”

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In the Sky Blues’ next match, they will take on a depleted Wanderers side in the second ALW Sydney Derby for the year, whose main issue this season incidentally, has been finding goals.

Sitting in seventh on the ladder, the red and black have scored on just one occasion this season, when Ashlie Crofts found a 90th-minute equaliser in their match against Newcastle Jets on Friday night.

“It (the goal) is definitely going to help us move forward, but what we want more is three points,” said Crofts, after Friday’s game.

“We’ll go back to the drawing board and see what we can improve on for next week.”

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In addition to their impressive showing up front, the Sky Blues have conceded just one goal to start the season, and will be looking to repeat their 2-0 win against Western Sydney from a week ago.

The Wanderers, on the other hand, will attempt to find their way past a resolute Sydney defence, led by goalkeeper Jada Whyman, in order to find their elusive first win of the season.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Jimmy Alexander
Jimmy Alexander
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/22 A-League season. Studying a Bachelor of Sports Media (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University.

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