21/04/2024

Remy Siemsen's late strike ensured a derby victory (Photo : Izhar Khan)

Remy Siemsen late strike was enough for the Skt Blues to see off the Wanderers in their first derby meeting of the season.

Sydney FC has recorded back-to-back victories, taking all three points in dramatic fashion over crosstown rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in their first derby meeting of the season at Marconi Stadium.

Having knocked over rivals and defending champions Melbourne Victory 2-0, the Sky Blues scalped another victory over a rival club. This time they’d pull off the win in more dramatic circumstances with Remy Siemsen coming off the bench and scoring inside the final 10 minutes to ensure her side took all three points.

After recently returning back to the club following the end of her loan spell with AIK in Sweden, Siemsen finally bagged her first goal since returning. Coming off the bench for the final 16 minutes, the 23-year-old needed little time to make an impact, asserting picking up from where she left, scoring a from range on a difficult angle, in what will be regarded as one of the goals of the season come season end.

Having played an average of 36 minutes since returning back to Sydney, her two cameo appearances against the Victory and now the Wanderers should now see her amongst the starters, with the return of the forward adding some more firepower to an already potent Sky Blues attack.

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Siemsen wouldn’t be the only one who provided a spark once substituted into the game, Abbey Lemon also came on to play in the final 15 minutes of action and proved to have an impact having garnered a reputation for being an impact sub across the opening two rounds of the season.

Other notable contributors were attackers Princess Ibini and Madison Haley with the duo having impressive outings. While neither of the two found the back of the net, they’d cause headaches for the Wanderers defence throughout the afternoon.

Ibini finished the game with three shots on goal and set up Siemsen late in the game for what proved to be the match-winning goal. Haley had six shots on goal and proved to be dangerous in attack, and would come close to breaking the deadlock in the 27th minute but was denied by Wanderers shot-stopper Jordyn Bloomer.

Finishing the game with impressive outings having created a plethora of chances despite being a player down in the second half following the sending off of Natalie Tobin on the stroke of halftime.

In a tough road trip for Ante Juric’s side, they’d get the reward for effort, having been dangerous on the counterattack and being solid defensively despite the numerical disadvantage.

Despite having less possession, Sydney was the more effective of the two despite being a player down, registering 21 shots to 12, only nine of which were off target.

Having now recorded victories off their two biggest rivals in the league in back-to-back weeks, the Sky Blues will be out to make it three from three when they face the Brisbane Roar in Round Four next week.

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