Harrison promises fight from stinging Sydney FC

Sydney FC star Amy Harrison has challenged her team-mates to “win every little battle” as they aim to kick-start their Westfield W-League campaign at Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

The Sky Blues lost 3-1 at home to Brisbane Roar in last weekend’s opening round as new coach Ante Juric endured a difficult first afternoon in charge.

But Harrison was a shining light for the two-time Westfield W-League champions and expects a more competitive effort against a Jets side fresh from a 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

“We know we have fight and belief in the team and we know we can take that into Newcastle this weekend,” Harrison said.

“There will be more hunger and desire. We have to want to win every little battle and we’ll be fine.

“It’ll be a big game, Newcastle look like a good team with Emily [van Egmond] pulling the strings.

“They’ll be tough, it’s another big game in a big stadium so hopefully the girls rise to the occasion.”

Already capped at international level, 21-year-old Harrison only returned late last season after 12 months out with a knee injury.

Amy Harrison in action against Brisbane Roar in Round 1.

The former Westfield W-League Young Player of the Year has now set her sights on being a regular presence in Juric’s side, who feature in four showpiece matches at Allianz Stadium this term.

“It’s awesome, I love being back. I’m really enjoying my time at Sydney FC and it’s nice to be back playing 90 minutes and playing week-in, week-out,” she said.

“All the girls love playing in big stadiums. Allianz is one of them and the whole ‘Fortress Allianz’ thing the boys have created, we want to try and instil that into our squad too.

“It’s a nice stadium and to play at home in front of your family and friends just adds that little bit extra.”