Sydney FC can’t score and they’re not sure why

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Missed opportunities and continuous errors on the ball defined Sydney’s tough day at the office as the Sky Blues dropped points for the first time this season.

Familiar problems arose for Sydney FC in their scoreless draw against a winless Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League Women on Monday, and it was an issue that the sky blues saw coming.

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Ahead of the second Sydney Derby of the season, Sydney coach Ante Juric anticipated the events which were to unfold before him at Leichhardt Oval.

Despite notching three consecutive wins from the opening trio of games this season, Juric did not refrain from voicing his more pessimistic opinions about his side’s otherwise triumphant start to the campaign.

“We’ve been making our own issues when we’ve been in possession,” Juric said.

Whilst the eight goals in three games for Sydney might have made it more difficult for fans to identify, such issues were contrastingly on full display in the Derby.

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A Charlize Rule backpass inside the opening two minutes left centre-backs Charlotte Mclean and Natalie Tobin in no-man’s land, forcing goalkeeper Jada Whyman into a sprint to stop the fast-responding Sheridan Gallagher, who placed it just wide from the eventual long-distance shot.

However, possession was not where the problems ended for the Sky Blues on Monday, nor was it where Juric’s pre-match reservations played out in the Derby.

“We haven’t played super well and our fluency hasn’t been great,” Juric said before the match.

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Sydney’s lack of conviction in the final third became increasingly apparent across the full 90 minutes as they failed to capitalise on their 14 attempts on goal including Mackenzie Hawkesby’s five, with one chance after another failing to find the back of the net.

“It was very frustrating for a striker,” forward Cortnee Vine said in a post-match interview.

“We just have to finish those chances we get; we get so many and when we don’t finish we get results like this.

“We just couldn’t finish today, maybe it was the weather, not too sure,” said Vine.

Both teams braved the treacherous weather conditions which commenced at the half-hour mark, resulting in a sluggish second half spectacle which evidently barred either side’s chances of finding a winner.

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Instead, the Wanderers will have to hold out until the new year to get on the winner’s list this season, as they face Canberra United on the evening of New Year’s Day. Meanwhile, Sydney’s much shorter turnaround will see them take on Wellington Phoenix in just two days time for their final match of the calendar year.

Feature Image Credit: KLM Photography

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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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