Sydney FC shutdown in-form Reds to issue finals warning

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Sydney FC have sent out a timely warning to the A-League Women that the championship still runs through them after a 1-0 win on Sunday. 

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The three-time champions dismantled the hottest team in the league in Adelaide United, who were fresh off winning six of their last seven, including scoring 15 goals in their last three games. 

But it was the Sky Blues that reminded the competition that form is temporary and class is permanent.  

And it was a simple warning to the league that you will have to go through them to become champions. 

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It was this Sydney side that have been unstoppable all season with only one loss to their name, making them the clear benchmark. 

Reds head coach Adrian Stenta says it’s not hard to see why they’re the number one team and the 2021/22 premiers. 

“They have got a lot of consistency in their side over the years. And that starts with the coaching staff and goes all the way through to the playing group,” Stenta said. 

“They’re so well drilled, and they just know the game really well with good quality players.” 

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It took the competition 12 games before they could finally hand the Sky Blues their first defeat, when Melbourne City defeated Sydney just two weeks ago. 

Thankfully for Adelaide, they are able to avoid both Sydney and City in the first week of finals. Rather they come up against a Melbourne Victory side that they defeated 3-0 just last week.  

“We will be going into that game with confidence,” said Stenta. 

“We know that we can get a winning result if we play well.” 

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However, the Reds are not fortunate enough to avoid both Sydney and City for long thanks to a slight change in the 2021/22 A-League Women’s finals series. 

This season the competition introduced a preliminary final, granting the top two sides a double chance and forcing the third and fourth-place side to win two in a row to make the big dance. 

Therefore, it will be the Reds that will have to go the long way and win three in a row if they are to take home their first ever championship. 

Featured image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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