The Sydney derby has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the Westfield W-League season.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC
Saturday 27 September 2014
Marconi Stadium, Sydney
Local kick-off: 3pm
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Each match-up seemingly comes with multiple sub-texts, not least of all the fact that numerous players on either side have grown up together in the NSW development pathway.
Sydney FC have earned a cleansweep of the four matches to date, though each contest has been highly competitive with three contests decided by a single goal.
The Sky Blues will again start as warm favourites given their status as joint leaders on the fledgling Westfield W-League ladder.
Their ranks have been boosted this week by the return of midfielder Trudy Camilleri and overlapping fullback Ellyse Perry, the latter providing a more than adequate replacement for the suspended Teigen Allen. Camilleri and Allen, as well as classy utility Server Uzunlar, all donned the Wanderers’ red and black last season.
There will be another reunion of sorts with Kendall Johnson joining Keelin Winters in the Wanderers’ line-up, where they will oppose fellow Americans Jasmyne Spencer and Samantha Johnson.
The Wanderers may have the youngest line-up in the league but despite successive defeats, they have proved far more than just nuisance value
A deceptively lop-sided 4-1 opening defeat against Canberra United was followed by a 5-3 loss to Melbourne Victory with the champions forced to come from behind to stave off the resilient Sydneysiders.
Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1. Trudy Burke (gk), 2. Caitlin Cooper, 3. Jessica Seaman, 5. Helen Petinos, 6. Rachael Soutar, 7. Kendall Johnson. 8. Grace Henry, 9. Keelin Winters, 10. Michelle Carney, 12. Hannah Beard, 14. Demi Koulizakis, 15. Rhianna Pollicina, 16. Linda O’Neill, 19. Chloe O’Brien, 20. Sham Khamis (gk)
Ins: Kendall Johnson (Sky Blue FC/USA), Linda O’Neill (returns from abroad)
Outs: Jordan Baker, Tia Gavin (both omitted)
Unavailable: Caitlin Jarvie (injury – 3 weeks)
Sydney FC squad: 1. Casey Dumont (gk), 2. Teresa Polias, 3. Elizabeth Ralston, 4. Alesha Clifford, 5. Jasmyne Spencer, 6. Servet Uzunlar, 7. Nicola Bolger, 8. Amy Harrison, 9. Ellyse Perry, 10. Renee Rollason, 11. Natalie Tobin, 12. Chloe Logarzo, 13. Trudy Camilleri, 16. Samantha Johnson, 18. Heidi Makrillos, 20. Alyssa Harris (gk)
Ins: Elizabeth Ralston (promoted), Trudy Camilleri, Ellyse Perry (both return from injury)
Outs: Teigen Allen (suspended – one week), Olivia Price (quad – one week)
Unavailable: Kyah Simon (knee – four weeks)