As I type this blog, I have just returned home from the Liberty A-League Womens game between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra United and for the second game in a row the Wanderers have conceded 5 goals. After going down in tough fashion against defending champions Melbourne Victory in Melbourne on Saturday, tonight’s game against Canberra who occupied 9th before tonight. So, to concede 5 against a team below them on the ladder who also hadn’t had a win until tonight’s game. And in United legend Grace Maher’s 50th appearance for Canberra, it was the perfect time for them to record a first win.
But for Western Sydney it is just another result that compounds a difficult season for the Girls in Red and Black. With only 1 win from their 11 games and everyone around them with games in hand, Added to that the fact that finals football is not on the cards for another season, things at Wanderland are anything but wonderful(god did I legit just do that). And as a Sydney FC fan, I don’t mind seeing the men’s team lose, but I don’t like seeing the womens team lose. As a big fan of womens sport, something I’m trying to push on the website more, I would love to see 2 strong Sydney clubs in the Liberty Womens Competition. A strong Derby in the womens game would be a huge boost to the league in General, so it’s a shame that year after year, the management continuously screw up when it comes to the Womens.
I went to the game tonight with every expectation of it being a tight contest, with my hope for a Canberra United win for Grace Maher. And it wasn’t surprising for me to see Michelle Heyman net a goal from a corner in the 22nd minute before Chelsee Washington doubled their lead on the 34th minute. In the second half it was more of the same from Canberra. 3 more goals and plenty of great opportunity for more goals helped cement Canberra’s First win for the season, a shocking stat considering Canberra are generally one of the title contenders every year. For the Wanderers it was a game of very little chances. Every attacking play they had ended with a shot from distance or a poor pass straight to a United player. They were tactically outclassed all over the pitch. This is the same Wanderers team who held high flying Sydney FC to a scoreless draw in December, and now they are languishing down the bottom of the table having only scored 9 goals on the season.
Obviously, the departure of Dean Heffernan at the end of last season was a huge loss, he has built a good young squad with plenty of upside for the future, but some of those girls may not see and upside in the future if the results don’t start arriving soon. They’ve already seen promising young midfielder Sarah Hunter depart for their cross-town rivals Sydney FC, how long will future starts like Rosie Galea, Teigan Collister and Bryleeh Henry stick around if week in week out they are on the wrong side of a 5-nil score line. Here’s hoping they are able to put tonight’s result behind them and put on a great performance against Newcastle on Sunday.