Both sides earned a share of the spoils as the Sydney Derby lived up to expectations in both goals and excitement.

From the first whistle Western Sydney Wanderers had the advantage as they came out on top in all the opening encounters with Sydney FC.

Wanderers pounced on Sydney’s sluggish start to the match and a sublime cross from Josh Risdon found Oriol Riera unmarked in the box. The Spanish striker calmly slotted his header past Andrew Redmayne in goal to give the Wanderers the early advantage.

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Sydney looked for a response after going behind so early in the encounter but the visitors proved more than a match for the reigning A-League champions, keeping Sydney’s front three quiet.

Western Sydney continued their fine start to the encounter when Alvaro Cejudo’s pinpoint free kick found Brendan Hamill. The Wanderers defender was on hand to double the lead for his side and further compound Sydney’s defensive frailties.

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With a comfortable 2-0 lead after 30 minutes, the visitors couldn’t have asked for a better start as they continued to outperform their cross-town rivals.

Hayden Foxe would have loved for his side to end the half with their 2-goal lead intact however a defensive lapse from Chris Herd proved costly. The Wanderers midfielder brought down David Carney in the box and gifted Sydney with a way back into the match.

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Bobo stepped up to convert the resulting spot kick and halved the deficit for his side. The Brazilian’s penalty provided a major boost for the Sky Blues as they fought their way back into the encounter.

Sydney started the second half well with Michael Zullo’s close range shot stinging the gloves of opposition goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic.

Zullo’s intent highlighted the Sky Blues’ start to the second half as they began to ask questions of Janjetovic in goal.

Sydney’s efforts were eventually rewarded as Josh Brillante’s strike flew into the left-hand corner of the opposition’s goal to restore parity and leave the match evenly poised with 30 minutes remaining.

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Fresh from scoring Sydney’s equaliser Brillante’s improvised volley caused a real scare and came within millimetres of providing the hosts the lead for the first time in this encounter.

With 10 minutes remaining Kearyn Baccus’ effort from outside the box led to a collective gasp from supporters across the ground as his shot fizzled just over Redmayne’s goal.

Both sides went in search for the winner and Matt Simon’s misplaced header from point blank range proved to be costly as the Sydney Derby ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Sydney FC 2 (BOBO 39’, BRILLANTE 61’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (RIERA 3’, HAMILL 30’)

Allianz Stadium (34,810)

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream and James Tesoriero
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Sydney FC
1. REDMAYNE Andrew (gk), 4. WILKINSON Alexander, 5. BUIJS Jordy, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 9. BOBO, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (c), 17. CARNEY David, 26. WILKSHIRE Luke.

Substitutes: 8. RETRE Paulo, 16. KALIK Anthony, 18. SIMON Matthew, 22. RYALL Sebastian, 30. HEWARD-BELLE Thomas (gk).

Western Sydney Wanderers
1. RISDON Joshua, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 8. BONEVACIA Rolieny, 9. RIERA Oriol, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro,15. BACCUS Kearyn, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert (c), 19. BRIDGE Mark, 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (gk), 24. LLORENTE Raul, 25. HERD Christopher, 33. THWAITE Michael.

Substitutes: 6. MELLING Jacob, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan, 30. HALL John (gk).

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