FFA Cup semi-final | Jada Whyman | Melbourne Victory | Football facilities
Challenges remain for Western Sydney Wanderers, while 18-year-old Jada Whyman tipped to make her Matildas debut08 October 2018 | FT Editor
FFA Cup semi-final
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC, 0-3
As Ray Gatt notes, no Graham Arnold, no Bobo, no Adrian Mierzejewski - and no problem for Sydney FC, who dealt with Western Sydney Wanderers in the second semi-final on Saturday night for a 0-3 win. Goal scorers were newcomers Trent Buhagiar (49'), Siem de Jong (64') and Adam Le Fondre (75' pen). Gatt says there is plenty of food for thought for Wanderers' coach, Markus Babbel.
This is even more the case with news that Western Sydney Wanderers' Patrick Ziegler has been sidelined for at least a month after knee surgery for a meniscus tear. Babbel said he will be unavailable for at least the first three rounds of the A-League. Also to return from injury are Vedran Janjetovic, who is expected to play in a pre-season friendly against Melbourne City, and Mark Bridge who is also a few weeks away.
Babbel says Western Sydney Wanderers players need to become more resilient and hard-working, mentally stronger and willing to work hard for the full 90 minutes for a result. (Not unlike Josep Gombau said about the squad last season!) Babbel wasn't happy with the loss but says his players should learn from it.
Sydney FC's Siem de Jong says his goal from a free kick in the semi-final was no fluke as he spends extra time practising to be a dead ball specialist. He says his focus in the pre-season has been to regain fitness after suffering from injury over recent seasons, but he still stays behind for extra training one or two times a week.
The Final between Adelaide United and Sydney FC - a repeat of last year - will be held at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide on Tuesday 30 October.
It's from Sunday's paper, but worth sharing this short piece on the rise of 18-year-old Jada Whyman (pictured) who is described as the emobidment of the "modern sweeper 'keeper". Jada has been working on her style of play with Craig Foster, modelled on Mat Ryan, and is tipped to make her international debut in the Matildas match v England on Wednesday morning at Craven Cottage. Jada is from Wagga Wagga in NSW and spent her early years playing Australian Rules football.
Melbourne Victory will wrap-up their pre-season preparation for the opening round of the A-League with another behind-closed-doors friendly match against FFA Cup finalist, Adelaide United this week. Coach Kevin Muscat says there is one place left on the roster which will go to an U-20 player.
FFV is lobbying all sides of the Victorian Parliament for increased investment in facilities for football as part of the state election.
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