21/02/2024

Sydney FC have plenty of chances go begging as they share points with the Wanderers. (Picture: Sydney FC).

Sydney FC will rue missed chances in the clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers, though finish the round as ladder leaders.

With leading striker Remy Siemsen out with an illness, Sydney FC failed to be clinical in front of goal in her absence.

Despite still getting a point out of the game in a goalless draw, Sydney FC will be ruining missed chances, registering 14 shots for the game in which only one shot was on target.

Siemsen was a late out, having to pull out of the game two hours before kick-off, but Sydney were still threatening as Cortnee Vine, Mackenzie Hawkesby and Princess Ibini created plenty of chances.

Following the draw, coach Ante Juric said post game that his side had failed to take their chances. It is something that needs improving come the business end of the season.

“We dominated, first half I thought we had four really good chances, outside of those it was a bit 50/50 in terms of chances, but we need to score those, especially early on,” Juric said.

“Not happy we had one [strike] on target in 14 shots, but again something to work on, [it’s the] fourth game of the year.

“We’re preparing hopefully for the finals and grand final so we’ve still got a bit of time to get better.”

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Having three goal contributions in the opening three games of the season, Hawkesby was dangerous once again despite being without a goal or assist against the Wanderers.

The 21-year-old midfielder caused plenty of headaches for her Western Sydney rivals’ defence, registering five shots for the game. She was also influential with her passing, assisting five chances.

In Siemsen’s absence, forward Maria Rojas would make her first appearance of the season but would struggle in the wet conditions, registering just one shot for the game in 70 minutes of game time.

The wider players of Sydney’s front three Ibini and Vine were more impactful.

Ibini looked dangerous going forward with six successful dribbles for the game without being dispossessed, but would fail to register a shot on target.

Vine similarly failed to find the target, despite having ample chances and coming into the clash with a goal contribution per game so far, having scored twice and assisted once this season.

The silver lining for Sydney will be that draw helped it finish the round on top of the table while still boasting the best offence in the league this season, having scored eight goals in the opening four games.

Juric added that the wet conditions played a big part in the goalless affair.

“That was the biggest contributor [to the result], at this stage and level the girls’ technique didn’t withstand with the slipperiness and the speed of it [the ball],” he said.

“Which is something that we need to get better [at] as a league and individuals.

“That hurt us big time because we usually outplay teams, and when we couldn’t because of the conditions it made it tough, and the Wanderers capitalised on that as well.”

Sydney FC will be hoping to return to their winning ways when they face the young Wellington Phoenix outfit on December 30 at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.

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