What a weird game.
Lots happened, but also nothing happened. Both teams looked good one moment before missing simple passes the next. It was an open, end to end game where no one scored. I just… I don’t really know what to say.
I think I was entertained? It was just kind of hard to tell.
The Roar probably had the better of the chances, especially after Tameka Yallop came on in the second half. They were clearly buoyed by last week. Sydney looked a little bit toothless, which was probably a result of backing up from a game only 3 days ago.
Roar’s high line created some interesting moments at the back for both teams. In the first half Sydney really struggled to play around them and almost gifted them some chances on a plate. The pressure that the Brisbane forwards were applying was clearly affecting their decision making. Bledsoe is probably the best keeper in the league, though, and was able to bail them out time and time again.
Mind you, don’t be fooled into thinking this high line was all one way traffic. Mackenzie Arnold caused Roar fans frequent heart attacks as her role as a sweeper keeper led to some seriously hairy moments. I mean, I understand coaches and their love of having keepers playing in a certain way, and any mistakes are probably more due to the style than the player. Nonetheless… there must be nothing worse as a centre back than seeing your goalkeeper missing an oncoming striker ten metres out of her penalty area.
The moment of the game that will have possibly the most long term impact on the race to the top 4 is a potentially serious hamstring injury to Liz Ralston. Ralston has been quietly excellent for Sydney FC for so many years now and has been a big reason for their ongoing success. Whilst Ally Green can certainly do a job as her replacement, if she can’t overcome the injury before the end of the season she will seriously be missed.
Anyway. The Roar should have scored a bunch of times, Remy Siemsen had a rare off day but she was probably just tired, it rained a lot, and I’m not sure what else to say.
Obviously I can’t write this without mentioning the absolute worst part of this game, and probably the reason why it ended without a goal for the Roar… and that is the absence of soon-to-be-Everton-player Hayley Raso.
You didn’t even let us say goodbye! ☹.
By Taryn Heddo