Sydney leaves Wanderers feeling blue in Sydney Derby

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Western Sydney Wanderers were dealt a crushing 1-0 defeat to Sydney FC in front of 26,462 fans at CommBank Stadium.

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The Sydney derby was an intense battle from the very first minute.

Sydney FC were determined to redeem themselves, upping the offensive to secure an early goal. Both Sam Burgess and Robert Mak launched shots at Western Sydney’s goal in just the first ten minutes.

Western Sydney Wanderers were quick to return the favour with Yeni N’Gbakoto firing his own shot in the 14th minute, but the ball flew over the crossbar.

Despite the Wanderers’ efforts, it was Sam Burgess that drew first blood in the 16th minute, launching a fierce strike past Lawrence Thomas. Burgess celebrated by jumping over the barrier into the sea of cheering Sydney fans.

The Wanderers immediately tried to even the score just a few minutes later when Brandon Borrello received a through ball from Romain Amalfitano and launched a shot that soared over the goal box.

More bad luck came for Western Sydney in the 21st minute when captain Marcelo left the field due to injury, paving the way for Tom Beadling to make his debut.

The Wanderers continued on with their rapid assault, firing off another nine shots but Sydney made sure to deny them every time.

With Andrew Redmayne continuously shutting Western Sydney out of the goal box, the first half ended with the Sky Blues in the lead.

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Sydney returned in the second half intent on doubling their score, making three attempts in the first 17 minutes back on the field while Western Sydney only managed to squeeze in one.

It went from bad to worse in the 64th minute for the Red and Black when N’Gbakoto copped a red card for striking Paulo Retre across the head.

Tom Beadling almost changed the direction of the game in the 72nd minute when he launched a header that ricocheted off the left post into the goal. However, Beadling was found to have committed a handball as he touched the ball with his arm and the goal was overturned.

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The Wanderers tried to shake it off and continue on the offensive. Borello managed to break into the goal box once again in the 78th minute, but the shot was blocked.

From then on, the Sky Blues dominated the goal box. The side continued to lay in on the Wanderers who were struggling to find scoring opportunities with one less player on the field.

Western Sydney were given one last chance to score an equaliser when they were awarded with a free-kick in the attacking half, but the ball was swiftly cleared off by the Sky Blues.

With that last chance wasted, the coffin was sealed and Sydney FC came away with the three points.

Western Sydney Wanderers 0
Sydney FC 1 (Max BURGESS 16’)

CommBank Stadium

Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin & Ashley Beecham
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Western Sydney Wanderers: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), Gabriel CLEUR, Adama TRAORE, Tomi MRCELA, Marcelo (C) (Tom BEADLING 21’), Oliver BOZANIC (Milos NINKOVIC 59’), Yeni NGBAKOTO, Romain AMALFITANO (Morgan SCHNEIDERLIN 69’), Jarrod CARLUCCIO (Nicholas MILANOVIC 59’), Brandon BORRELLO, Calem NIEUWENHOF.
Unused subs: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Kusini YENGI, Aidan SIMMONS.

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), James DONACHIE, Alex WILKINSON (C), Paulo RETRE, Adam LE FONDRE (Pat WOOD 45+6’), Joe LOLLEY (Patrick YAZBEK 71’), Robert MAK (Joel KING 85’), Anthony CACERES, Diego CABALLO, Max BURGESS (Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH 85’), Luke BRATTAN.
Unused subs: Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), Adrian SEGECIC, Aaron GURD.

Featured Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Jasmine Singh
Jasmine Singh
One of the two journalists covering the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners for the 2022/23 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) / Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. A true crime addict and dog lover.

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