A-League Women mid-season report card: Sydney FC

-

We are approaching the halfway mark of the A-League Women 2022/23 season, so it’s about time The Football Sack takes a look at the performance of Sydney FC so far.

Semester summary: It’s safe to say that Sydney FC have had a cracker of a season so far, which wasn’t unexpected following their performances in previous years.

It almost seemed that things were off to a shaky start after their loss to Adelaide United in the opening round, but the Sky Blues have not been shaken once since then. Having remained an undefeated force for their past six games, Sydney are currently sitting at the top of the ladder, with a comfortable goal difference of +13.

Embed from Getty Images

Area of excellence: It’s hard to look past Sydney FC’s speedy attack. The Sky Blue frontline have been making magic in almost every game so far for this season. With the power of Mackenzie Hawkesby mixed amongst the skill of Madison Haley plus the sheer speed of Cortnee Vine, there is almost no stopping them. Not to mention the driving power of the midfielders who have been consistently building up the base to make it all happen.

Sydney’s attacking half have proved time and time again what they’re made of this season. With a mighty 17 goals scored between them in just the first seven games played, the statistics speak for themself. The pressure that comes from the attack is definitely their current strong point, and it’s looking like it can only go up from here.

Embed from Getty Images

Area in need of improvement: Movement off the ball. It’s something that head coach, Ante Juric, has picked up on a number of times in post-match discussions, and is a weak point that could easily become detrimental as things move into the tail end of the season. His squad is powerful for the most part, but there have been multiple occasions where there has been a lack of movement off the ball, which can cause a lack of overall urgency.

Embed from Getty Images

Players standing flat-footed is one of Sydney FC’s number one reasons for losing possession and conceding goals, it’s certainly an area that could do with some improvement as they look for consistency moving forward.

Top student: The cool, calm, and collected American import Madison Haley is an easy top pick.

Haley is sitting amongst the top goal scorers in the league for the season, and it’s clear that she still has a lot to give. Fans can be confident that Haley will create something to watch every time the ball is at her feet. Her resilience and skill has shone through in every match she has played for the Sky Blues, she simply does not disappoint.

Embed from Getty Images

Class clown: It’s tough to pick apart the talent that makes up this Sky Blue squad. But, it’s impossible for every performance to be 100% flawless, and Princess Ibini is one who is still on an upward climb.

This isn’t to say she isn’t a strong forward face for Sydney FC because she most certainly is and has been for many years. But in recent times she can be found falling into the trap of not moving as much when the ball isn’t at her feet. This is something, as mentioned earlier, that can result in a lack of urgency. Ibini is known to bring the skill and the power when she needs to, but consistency and work off the ball is something that could really bring her up to that next level.

Embed from Getty Images

Grade: A

Outlook: Even though Sydney are currently sitting at the top of the table, they can’t get too comfortable just yet. The points a looking tight, and there’s not much separating them from a second place Western United, who they will have their first meeting with this week. Western Untied are yet to lose a game this season, so this upcoming match could certainly be a turning point for Sydney FC.

It’s hard to know which way the game will go. Who will be the first to lose their winning streak? Either way, Sydney’s growing strength is promising, and will more than likely take them right through to the finals.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

Neve McGavock
Neve McGavockhttps://everneve.com/
Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required