The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Youngsters may settle the decider
IT’S the clash of the young stars that could decide the destination of the W-League title – and shine a light on the future of the Matildas.
Of all the battles when Sydney FC host Melbourne Victory in today’s W-League grand final, which of Remy Siemsen or Kyra Cooney-Cross emerges as the key player on the day could go a long way to deciding the outcome of the final.
At 21, Siemsen (left) has already been the W-League’s young player of the year and joint Golden Boot even before scoring seven goals in this campaign, while CooneyCross has been dubbed as the Matildas’ “next superstar” at just 19.
Both are on the radar of new Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson, and former Matildas great Kathryn Gill – now joint CEO of the players association – said the clash of styles between Siemsen as a pure striker and CooneyCross’s all-round attacking game would be pivotal.
“Remy’s really good at getting in behind defences, hanging on the shoulder of the last defender – she can exploit space brilliantly,” Gill said.
“Her runs are really smart and she’s pretty clinical when she gets half a chance to find the back of the net.
“Her runs are instinctive, defenders have to spend the whole time working out where she is and how they need to respond.”
W-League Grand Final
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Today, 4.05pm, Jubilee Stadium
Live on Kayo, Fox Sports
TAB: Sydney FC $2.30, Victory $2.65