Sydney FC made it 13 from 14 undefeated derbies against rivals Western Sydney Wanderers at Leichhardt Oval, serving up a 3-0 drubbing to the luckless side.
Caitlin Foord stepped up as the hero of the injury-depleted sky blues, scoring in the 65th minute before converting an 80th minute penalty when Caitlin Jarvie was handed a straight red just six minutes after stepping foot onto the pitch.
Youngster Shadeene Evans also made her W-League debut, coming on for Princess Ibini in the 82nd minute and playing a part in her teams undefeated streak which now sits at nine games.
This derby was groundhog day for the Wanderers, who were handed the same fate at Leichhard Oval during round one’s derby, also losing 3-0.
The Wanderers side stays planted at the foot of the ladder after a winless season thus far, while Sydney now aims to keep their spot in the top four.
Sydney FC coach Ante Juric said of his teams performance.
“Considering we had so many young players and had to change a few things around, we didn’t play too badly, so I’m happy, but three points is what I’m most happy about!”
“We’re in a position where we had to win and I told the girls that, so to play under pressure like that and still get the win, is a positive, so we did well today in this context.”
In relation to now being in the top four, Juric said the goal is to keep climbing and take each game as it comes.
“We don’t want to hold on to third or fourth place, we want to aim for second, first and keep looking up. It is a cliché but we focus on one game at a time.”
Round 11 continues tomorrow with Melbourne City taking on Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park at 5.20pm AEST and if you can’t make it to AAMI Park you can catch all the action on the MyFootball App.