Spectacular Sydney Derby draw sees renewed Bling

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A gripping Sydney Derby had a 40,000 strong sell-out crowd in footballing glee, as a motivated Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers played out an admirable 1-1 draw at Allianz Stadium.

The first ever derby draw at Moore Park had a noticeably calculated Sydney FC making for a far more engaging fixture than fans had recently come accustomed to. And it was the home side who opened the chances.

A Brandon O’Neill volley in the 6th had Liam Reddy scampering to his near post, while Filip Holosko and Matt Simon pressed hard toward the away supporters end.

Yet it would be the visitors who would make the first etch on the game when Dario Vidosic managed to stray away from Sydney’s defensive line and dart in a free header into Janjetovic’s net in the 13th minute.

The 1-0 lead had the visitors surging. Silky movement had the Sydney back line stuttered as loose marking allowed Viodosic and Castelen into the box on more than one occasion.

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However an unusually resilient Sydney pressed on, and when David Carney went one-on-one with Reddy in the 20th the keeper got down well to deny the rallying Sky Blue supporters.

Some fireworks from Jurman and Reddy escalated into some larger than necessary physicality which the crowd lapped up.

Simon was looking in fine form and when the veteran striker rattled the Reddy’s crossbar in the 26th it seemed a goal was pending. However a quick counter attack had the Sky Blues backtracking as Janjetovic stepped up well to deny a point blank Vidosic.

Moving away from the lofted ball, Sydney began to string together plays. And when David Carney’s low cross was heel flicked by captain Alex Brosque toward goal a flat Scott Jamieson provided the deflecting touch to turn the ball over his own line as Allianz Stadium erupted in delight.

A frantic final five took both teams to the half with Holosko troubling Reddy with a downward header, while Castelen continuing to search for the net.

An open second half had both sides creating countless efforts, as the home crowd was visibly in delight with a far more skillful display from their side than they have become accustomed.

A Jaques Faty header had the home crowd clutching their heads in disbelief as the defender placed it just shy. And their stress would only continue as Brosque’s laced effort was deflected marginally high.

Matt Simon’s incredible performance continued as his confidence peaked. Surging runs and a domineering presence allowed the striker to get the better of the Wanderers backline and when Alex Brosque broke down the line to cut back, the centre forward lifted his effort just shy of the crossbar.

It was to be the tall man again minutes later when Alex Brosque picked him out pressing into the torso of Scott Neville to force Reddy to ground.

As the tempo quietened toward the whistle infamous game changers Brendan Santalab and Shane Smeltz took to the pitch, however it was not to be.

1-1 it remained at the final whistle, fans exiting the ground appeased.

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George Vlotis
UTS Journalism graduate and football fanatic. Ex-NSW premier league player and now fortunate enough to be reporting on the A-League. Sydney is Sky Blue. Follow me @VlotisGeorge