A Remy Siemsen brace on her return to Sydney FC and a last-minute Shadeene Evans header was enough to excite a packed crowd (by the end at least) in the W-League's opening Big Blue.

The heavy loss left a bitter taste in Dowie's mouth, despite Victory carving out -admittedly tepid - chances throughout the contest.

"We spoke about how important the first 20 minutes was, we needed to come out and settle things but we didn't," Dowie exclaimed.

"2-0 down at half-time isn't good enough. If you have any weaknesses a team like Sydney will come out and punish you. A couple of our key players out, they hurt us.

"We got the momentum back but at the end of day it wasn't good enough from us, at all. It will take time but in a league like this you can't take too long."

On the other hand, Siemsen was elated with her performance and was in no mood to discuss why she left the club for their other bitter rivals, Western Sydney Wanderers, in the first place.

"Like I said in previous interviews, it wasn't a light-hearted decision but I'm really happy to be back with my friends in the Sky Blue shirt and ready to accomplish a lot this season," she said.

"We've worked really well in the past together and despite the fact that we haven't had a lot of time to play together, you can see that the connection we have up top and there will be a lot of goals happening between us this season.

"Quality in depth is a key thing for any team and I could not be more proud for Shay this season. She works incredibly hard around the club so well in Shay, we're very proud of you."


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