Super-sub Elizabeth Grey’s late goal stole the Western Sydney Wanderers a point as the second Sydney Derby ended in a 2-2 draw at Lambert Park.

Sydney FC opened the scoring in the 9th minute through Alanna Kennedy before the Wanderers hit back 10 minutes later through Hannah Beard. The Sky Blues thought they had the game won when Kyah Simon scored in the 73rd minute but it was Grey who had the last laugh when her 85th minute goal drew the match.

Sydney FC grabbed the initiative in the 9th minute when Kennedy’s precise free-kick curled into the top left corner of the goal from just outside the box.

The home team almost made it two just minutes later when Jasmyne Spencer used trickery to dart into the box but her shot went straight into Whyman’s grasps.

The Wanderers equalised in the 19th minute when Keelin Winters played a chip through-ball to Hannah Beard who was able to get around her Sydney defender and place her shot across Michelle Betos and into the bottom left-hand corner.

Western Sydney then had an opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty in 35th minute due to a foul committed during a corner. Sydney keeper Michelle Betos however chose the right way to save Winters’ penalty-kick.

Simon almost broke the deadlock just after the hour mark when her shot from outside the box rebounded off the post with Whyman jumping on the ball before a Sydney player could follow it up.

Princess Ibini then came close to scoring when she met Amy Harrison’s cross at the back-post but her connection with the ball was harmless. Minutes later Ibini was in the action again, blazing a shot over the Wanderers’ crossbar.

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Sydney FC finally found their second goal in the 73rd minute when Harrison found Simon in the box and was able to trick her defender with a touch before finessing the ball past Whyman.

The Wanderers were forced to play on their toes as Sydney continued to stretch their defence, forcing Whyman into saving multiple shots from Simon and Ibini.

With five minutes on the clock impact-sub Elizabeth Grey found the back of the Sky Blues’ net when she met Alix Roberts’ cross to bring the scores level at 2-2.

The Wanderers will be the happier of the two sides after stealing a point late on, while Sydney FC have squandered their opportunity to move up to second spot on the Westfield W-League ladder.

Sydney FC: 1. BETOS Michelle (GK), 2. RALSTON Elizabeth, 5. SPENCER Jasmyne, 6. POLIAS Teresa (c), 8. HARRISON Amy, 9. IBINI-ISEI Princess, 11. TOBIN Natalie, 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 15. ALLEN Teigen, 17. SIMON Kyah, 19. KHAMIS Leena.

Substitutes: 4. FRANCO Sunny, 12. PRICE Olivia, 16. BACON Hannah, 18. KHAMIS Shamiran (GK).

Western Sydney Wanderers: 3. MOSCATO Carmelina, 4. O’BRIEN Chloe, 6. SOUTAR Rachael, 8. HALLOWAY Erica, 10. CARNEY Michelle, 11. WINTERS Keelin, 12. BEARD Hannah, 14. KOULIZAKIS Demi, 15. CARPENTER Ellie, 16. O’NEILL Linda, 20. MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN Jada (GK).

Substitutes: 7. PETINOS Helen, 9. GREY Elizabeth, 17. ROBERTS Alix, 30. FARRINGTON Lisa (GK).

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