A masterful performance from Adrian Mierzejewski was on full display as Sydney FC crushed their rivals Western Sydney Wanderers 5-0 for the most dominant Sydney derby victory in history.

Adrian Mierzejewski proved he was vying for a man of match performance from the start as he weaved through the midfield before stinging the gloves of Janjetovic early in the first half.

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The return of captain Robert Cornthwaite was providing some stability at the back for the Wanderers but the Red and Black were far less threatening than their rivals who slowly began to accumulate more clear cut chances as the half progressed.

Josep Gombau’s injury ridden side were dealt their first blow in the 14th minute after Mierzejewski obtained his first goal of the night.

The Polish international powered his shot home to grab the opener after Janjetovic parried away David Carney’s cross from the by-line to commence the Sky Blues’ goal scoring blitz.

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After Alex Brosque narrowly missed his prod at goal after Luke Wilkshire gifted him with a firm low pass from the wing another Sydney FC goal seemed inevitable.

Sure enough their second came in the form of a well worked goal in the shadow of halftime.

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Bobo lofted a perfectly weighted pass between Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Robert Cornthwaite to time the run of Alex Brosque who skilfully nudged it past Janjetovic before tapping it home.

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Mierzejewski achieved the sweetest form of revenge for a nasty challenge from Jack Clisby after stepping up to take the free kick which he then curled over the wall past a lunging Janjetovic who could barely get a finger to the ball as it sailed into the top right corner.

The fourth goal came in hapless circumstances shortly into the second half. Mierzejewski was again prominently involved in the attack before flicking in a cross which took an unfortunate glance off Lachlan Scott’s head before nestling in the bottom left corner.

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The Wanderers were spared the agony of a fifth after Michael Zullo had his impressive finish denied by VAR which found that Mierzejewski was guilty of a handball in the build-up.

Any consolation was short lived however as Brandon O’Neil added his name to the scoresheet. The midfielder cut inside just outside the box before latching onto a beautiful curling effort to find the far corner.

Sydney FC were rampant up until the final whistle and the victory sees them propelled even further atop the A-League ladder.

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Sydney FC (MIERZEJEWSKI,14′ 45′   BROSQUE 41′ Scott (owngoal) 53′ O’Neil 76′)

ANZ Stadium (36, 433)

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referees: Ashely Beecham & Scott Edeling

Western Sydney Wanderers

22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 42. BACCUS Keanu, 8.BONEVACIA Rolieny, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro 3. CLISBY Jack, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert (c), 5. HAMILL Brendan, 22. JANJETOVIC Vedran (gk), 4. RISDON Joshua, 23. SCOTT Lachlan

Substitutes

30. HALL John (gk), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 24. LLORENTE Raul, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 33. THWAITE Michael

Sydney FC

9. BOBO, 14. BROSQUE Alex (c), 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 5. BUJIS Jordy, 17. CARNEY David, 11. MIERZEJEWSKI Adrian, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, REDMAYNE Andrew (gk) 4. WILKINSON Alexander, 26. WILKSHIRE Luke, 7. ZULLO Michael

Substitutes

20. CISAK Aleksander (gk), 16. KALIK Anthony, 8. RETRE Paulo, 22. RYALL Sebastian, 16. SIMON Matthew

 

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