First Sydney derby ends all square

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In the first derby of the season between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, fans were forced to wait until the 60th minute for their first glimpse at a goal before they shared their spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Sydney FC was the better side in the in the first half, dominating possession and trusting their skill to play out from the back.

The first real chance of the game fell to Sydney Striker Kosta Barbarouses in the 3rd minute, whose close-range shot required a sharp save from Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Margush.

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Sydney continued to dictate play with slick passing, and Trent Buhagiar’s speed was a constant threat to the Wanderers defence. The best chance of the first half fell to Buhagiar in the 30th minute. Anthony Caceres put the striker through on goal, with Buhagiar hitting the crossbar from a tight angle.

The Wanderers offered little in attack in the first half, with Sydney having further chances to break the deadlock. Alex Wilkinson narrowly missed the target with a header, after Rhyan Grant flicked a corner in the 33rd minute.

Western Sydney looked fired up in the second half and started strongly. Nicolai Muller wasted the first clear cut chance of the game, chipping over the crossbar after a James Troisi pass put him in on goal.

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Despite the Wanderers resurgence it was Sydney who broke the deadlock. In the 61st minute, James Troisi fouled Milos Ninkovic in the Wanderers penalty area, and Sydney were awarded a penalty.

Kosta Barbarouses dispatched the penalty, sending Margush the wrong way with a cool finish.

The Wanderers continued to put pressure on Sydney in search of an equaliser. In the 68th minute, Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne dropped a cross under pressure from Keanu Baccus. The ball fell into the path of James Troisi who tapped in for an easy finish.

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The rest of the match was a tense affair, with neither side seemingly wanting to lose the game.

Sydney will be disappointed to have not capitalised on their dominance in the first half. They have now failed to beat Western Sydney in the last five fixtures between the two sides.

Sydney FC: 1 (Barbarouses 63’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Troisi 68’)

ANZ Stadium

Referee: Alex King

Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields, Kearney Robinson

Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Rhyan Grant, Alex Wilkinson, Benjamin Warland, Joel King, Anthony Caceres (Alexander Baumjohann 74’), Paulo Retre, Luke Brattan, Milos Ninkovic (Chris Zuvela 87’), Kosta Barbarouses (Patrick Wood 83’), Trent Buhagiar (Luke Ivanovic 74’)

Unused subs: Thomas Heward-Belle (GK), Ryan McGowan, Harry Van Der Saag

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel Margush (GK), Dylan McGowan, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Ziggy Gordon, Thomas Aquilina, Graham Dorrans, Keanu Baccus, Tate Russell, James Troisi (Jordan O’Doherty 89’), Nicolai Muller (Bernie Ibini 70’), Simon Cox (Kwame Yeboah 76’)

Unused subs: Noah James (GK), Daniel Georgievski, Mark Natta, Ali Auglah

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Adam Sheldon
Adam Sheldon
Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.

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