Canberra are struggling

Finals hopes are beginning to dwindle for the side in green.

Canberra United have now gone three matches straight without scoring a goal - and they’ve conceded four goals in each of these three games too.

Their last goal was scored in Round Six against Adelaide United. Simone Charley is looking like their only hope to get the ball in the back of the net.

Canberra were dominated in the midfield and continued to look shaky at the back. They simply don’t seem to have the quality or depth to make a legitimate challenge for the trophy this year.

United are sitting in sixth spot on the ladder with only 10 points to their name.

Heather Garriock and her side will be starting to feel the pressure towards the second half of the season with only a few short weeks left to redeem themselves.

Sydney the team to beat?

The Sky Blues have now jumped to second place on the ladder ahead of derby rivals Western Sydney Wanderers and only four points behind the table toppers Melbourne City.

They had a number of different players scoring goals or looking likely to score goals too.

Even when a Matilda such as Caitlin Foord had a quiet game, the rest of her squad were able to pick up the pieces and create enough chances to win the game convincingly.

Sydney are strong all across the park and are lethal on the counterattack. Even when a player is taken off, they have strong substitutes on the bench who can fill their places competently.

Sydney seem to have put their poor game against the Wanderers behind them and are looking better than ever.

This renewed confidence and quality across the park arguably places them as the team to beat in the W-League this season.

The Sky Blues can score some quality goals

Scoring four goals in a game is a feat in itself, but the quality of Sydney’s strikes is what makes this team something special.

Remy Siemsen scored a brilliant header from a free kick to open the scoring for Sydney - her sixth goal of the season so far.

Next came Latsko’s 33rd minute strike, which she hit low and hard to easily beat Canberra’s defenders and goalkeeper.

It was only Latsko’s second start for Sydney this season after returning from an ACL injury, but you wouldn’t know it from the ball she belted into the back of the net.

Chloe Logarzo’s spectacular back heel soon followed – she received a cross from Caitlin Foord and made no mistake of flicking the ball over the line at the near post.

Sophia Huerta put the icing on the cake with a beautiful finish that hit the left side of the goal in the 84thminute.

The quality of these goals, as well as Sydney FC having four different goal scorers, is something that Ante Juric will be very pleased with as we approach the pointy end of the season.

It’ll be exciting to see how the Sky Blues perform against the in-form Brisbane Roar this Thursday night at Leichhardt Oval.