Sydney celebrate the first of Leena Khamis' two goals | TWG
Reigning Westfield W-League champions Sydney FC cruised into their second successive grand final with an overwhelming 5-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Sky Blues will now host Brisbane Roar at the same venue next Saturday in a re-match of last season's title decider.
Leena Khamis scored a brace for Sydney, while there were also goals from Servet Uzunlar (penalty), Kyah Simon and substitute Nicola Bolger, with Stephanie Catley replying for the visitors.
The Victory had been the league's in-form defence going into the semi-final encounter having conceded just twice in their last six outings.
Their ability to hold the Sky Blues attack was always going to be the key however the Victory conceded the opener in disastrous circumstances on 26 minutes as a misguided pass from goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri was collected by Khamis who proceeded to fire home clinically with a high unerring shot.
The Victory equalised just four minutes later with impressive young wide midfielder Stephanie Catley finishing a swift counter-attack by crashing home a shot off the underside of the crossbar.
It was however the only time that the Victory seriously threatened the goal of Sydney’s goalkeeper Dimi Poulos during the half and it was little surprise when the home side restored their lead.
The Victory failed to deal with a corner from the left and the ensuing goalmouth scramble resulted in a penalty awarded for handball with Uzunlar converting.
There was still time for inspirational Sydney midfielder Kylie Ledbrook to flash an impressive curling effort just wide.
The opening period of the second half was largely an arm-wrestle in the middle of the park however a third Sydney goal was always likely to open the flood gates and so it proved.
Simon, the league's top-scorer, cut a swathe down the left flank before cutting in and enjoying a slice of luck as her well-hit shot cannoned off the base of the near post before ricocheting off Barbieri and into the net.
The Sky Blues added a fourth within 60 seconds as Khamis scored her second with a clinical finish past an exposed Barbieri with the Victory pushing forward.
The visitors' goalscoring chances were few and far between with Kendall Fletcher coming closest, although the one-time USA international could only direct a shot wide from a sitting position with the goal unattended.
Substitute Nicola Bolger underlined the Sky Blues supremacy two minutes from the end with the final goal set up by a deft Renee Rollason back heel.
Sydney FC 5 (KHAMIS 26’/75’, UZUNLAR 38’ (pen), SIMON 74’, BOLGER 88’)
Melbourne Victory 1 (Stephanie CATLEY 30’)
Sunday, 6 February 2011 Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown
Local kick-off: 3:00pm
Referee: Kirralee Gardiner
Assistant referees: Lee Corey Katie Paterson
Fourth official: Peta McCallum
Sydney FC: 1.Dimi POULOS (gk), 2. Teresa POLIAS, 3. Danielle BROGAN, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 8. Renee ROLLASON, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 10. Kylie LEDBROOK (c) (14. Nicola BOLGER 82’), 11. Lydia VANDENBERGH 15. Teigen ALLEN (16. Linda O’Neill 86’), 17. Kyah SIMON, 19. Leena KHAMIS (13. Catherine CANNULI 76’)
Substitutes not used: 4.Alesha CLIFFORD, 20 Erin HERD (gk)
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Melbourne Victory: 1. Melissa BARBIERI (GK), 3. Marlies OOSTDAM (7. Snez VELJANOVSKA 55’), 5. Louisa BISBY, 6. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 8. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 9. Stephanie CATLEY, 11. Kendall FLETCHER, 12. Amy JACKSON, 13. Ashley BROWN (10. Jodie TAYLOR 61’), 17. Caitlin FRIEND (19. Enza BARILLA 84’), 18. Ursula HUGHSON
Substitutes not used: 2. Rita MANKOWSKA, 20. Brianna DAVEY (GK)
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil