And so it comes down to this. Sydney FC hosts Newcastle Jets in a winner-takes-all clash as a guaranteed ticket to the semi-final goes on the line.
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets
Saturday 6 December 2014
Lambert Park, Sydney
Local kick-off: 5pm
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What a game it promises to be at historic Lambert Park’s in Sydney’s inner west. The home side boast a slight advantage needing only a draw, meaning the first goal for ether team could be crucial.
The unknown is how Sydney FC bounce back from last Sunday’s shock record 5-0 defeat against an imperious Perth Glory.
Sydney FC are renowned for their pride in performance, especially on home soil, but the Sky Blues’ faithful have never seen such an erratic season from their heroines.
The Jets, meanwhile, are seeking to break the second-longest finals’ drought in Westfield W-League history, having been absent from the finals since the opening season of the competition.
And while Sydney FC edged a 1-0 win earlier this season, history is likely to count for little in what could prove to be a Westfield W-League classic.
The Sky Blues will hope to give forward Kyah Simon more match time after her brief cameo last week following over a year’s absence through injury.
“Last time we played Sydney I think we gave them a bit too much respect,” said Jets skipper Emily van Egmond. “In saying that we couldn’t capitalise on chances that we should have and this week need to capitalise on in order to claim victory.”
Even a draw could also grant entry into the top-four for the Jets should Perth Glory defeat Canberra United on Sunday.
Sydney FC squad: 1. Casey Dumont (gk), 2. Teresa Polias, 3. Liz Ralston, 4. Alesha Clifford, 5. Jasmyne Spencer, 6. Servet Uzunlar, 7. Nicola Bolger, 8. Amy Harrison, 10. Renee Rollason, 12. Chloe Logarzo, 13. Trudy Camilleri, 14. Olivia Price, 15. Teigen Allen, 16. Samantha Johnson, 17. Kyah Simon, 21. Sian McLaren (gk)
Ins: Sian McLaren (promoted)
Outs: Alyssa Harris (unavailable)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Hannah Southwell, 2. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 3. Hayley Crawford, 5. Katherine Reynolds, 6. Angela Salem, 7. Tori Huster, 8. Amber Neilson, 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Emily van Egmond, 11. Rhali Dobson, 12. Sophie Nenadovic, 15. Libby Copus-Brown, 16. Cassidy Davis, 20. Claire Coelho (GK), 24. Brooke Miller
Ins: Cassidy Davis (promoted)
Outs: Clare Wheeler (omitted)
Unavailable: Ashley Spina (knee – season), Grace McIntyre (knee – season)