Sydney FC’s quality shone through a resilient Western Sydney Wanderers to earn a deserved 2-0 victory at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. Sydney FC has again beaten the Wanderers in the first derby of the season, with yet another controversial VAR decision.

It took the home team less than four minutes to put one past the Wanderers, with Michael Zullo’s set piece cleared before Adam Le Fondre found the back of the net from a rebound.

Sydney FC’s quick breakaways and counter attacks led to a number of chances; the fast pitch suited the attacking players from Sydney FC’s line-up, with Le Fondre and Alex Brosque linking up nicely in the centre of the park. Milos Ninkovic also stood out creating chances and controlling the game from the midfield.

The Wanderers weren’t without their own opportunities, especially towards the end of the first half; Roly Bonevacia’s volley was skyed over the crossbar, and good link up play lead to Kearyn Baccus’ shot just missing the top corner. Oriel Riera also created a number of chances for his side, but these were mostly blocked by a strong Sky Blues defence, namely Rhyan Grant.

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The Wanderers picked up two yellow cards early in the first half, the first to Josh Risdon for pulling down Ninkovic, and the second to Rashid Mahazi for his sliding effort on Zullo. Sydney FC’s Grant was also awarded a yellow for putting his shoulder into Alexander Baumjohann.

The second half saw Syndey captain Brosque give his side a 2-0 advantage after capitalising on the Wanderers failure to clear their lines.

Only a minute later, the VAR denied Bonevacia’s goal in a controversial decision – originally thought to be a foul based on Jaushua Sotirio’s alleged obstruction. It was only after the game in an interview with referee Chris Beath that players, coaches and fans became aware that the goal was actually denied due to Sotirio coming back from an offside position. Wanderers manager Markus Babbel retaliated, leading to Beath showing him a red card.

This Derby win should give the Sky Blues confidence as they go into the FFA Cup Final on Tuesday, whilst the Wanderers will be keen to claim their first win next weekend after securing just one point so far this season.

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Sydney FC 2 (Adam Le Fondre 4’, Alex Brosque 53’)

Western Sydney Wanderers 0

 

Stadium: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

 

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant referee: Owen Goldrick and Greg Taylor

Fourth official: Benjamin Abraham

 

Home Team: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Alexander Wilkinson, Jop Van Der Linden, Joshua Brilliante, Michael Zullo, Paulo Retre, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Rhyan Grant, Alex Brosque, Brandon O’Neill, Siem De Jong (Sub 67’), Charles Lokoli Ngoy (Sub 75’), Cameron Devlin (82’)

Unused subs: Alexander Cisak (GK), Aaron Calver

 

Away Team: Vedran Janjetovic, Tarek Elrich, Brandan Hamill, Ruon Tongyik, Josh Risdon, Rashid Mahazi, Keanu Baccus, Alexander Baumjohann, Roly Bonevacia, Oriol Riera, Jaushua Sotirio, Abraham Majok (sub 91’)

Unused subs: Danijel Nizic (GK), Jordon O’Doherty, Bruce Kamau, Raul Llorente

 

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