In what many were saying would be the best atmosphere Australia has seen since 16th November 2005 (Socceroos v Uruguay 2nd leg WC qualifier), The 24th instalment of the Sydney Derby did not disappoint.
WSW’s second game back at their spiritual home against their most hated opposition it was always going to be a great atmosphere, hard at it kind of game and that’s exactly what we got.
Both teams came into this one as the only teams with a 100% record and neither team was going to let that go without a fight. Both teams had early chances from corners but Sydney FC certainly settled into the game better.
Three corners in the opening 15 minutes saw Sydney having multiple chances to open the scoring. Sydney playmaker Milos Ninkovic had a great chance to open the scoring in the 14th minute. Boy oh boy (Ala Brian Taylor commentary for you) Ninkovic chipped WSW keeper Daniel Lopar but somehow came down onto the crossbar and fallen straight into Lopar’s Hands !!
I could not believe my boys didn’t conceded there !!
Only a minute later Sydney striker Adam Le Fondre was left completely alone for the header inside the box but Lopar dived low to his left to palm it away! WHAT A SAVE !!
This bloke is turning out to be a brilliant signing for the Wanderers with multiple good performances to start the season.Embed from Getty Images
Sydney wasted some big chances in the first half and newest signing Luke Brattan was not exempt when he skied his set piece (sigh of relief) as it sailed well over the goals.
GOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! Sydney’s Paulo Retre made a horrible error and WSW’s backman Daniel Georgievski pounced and put an absolute pin point cross to OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN “The Duke of Wanderland” Mitchell Duke with a powerful header into the back of the net.Embed from Getty Images
1-0 to the Wanderers GET IN! Sydney Manager Steve Corica should be furious with his defense there.
All the Sydney defenders were drew to WSW’s striker Alexander Meier so their focus was off the Duke.
If the home side getting a goal against the run of play wasn’t enough to excite this Derby then two minutes later things certainly heated up.
WSW’s midfielder Patrick Sullivan put in a little shove on Brattan which resulted in a free kick but Sydney FC were clearly not impressed.
Sydney’s centre-back Ryan McGowan and Sullivan had a bit of handbags thrown about which resulted in Yellow tickets for both!
This derby is starting to heat up!
Referee Alireza Faghani’s patience finally wore out when he dished another yellow card.
This time WSW’s Keanu Baccus was recipient after a poor tackle on the traitor uhh excuse me Sydney’s Alexander Baumjohann.
Half Time 1-0 WSW lead.
Over 60% possession and over 10 shots in the first half, how have our rivals not scored.
Six minutes fresh into the second half.. WE HAVE DRAMA!
Sydney’s Kosta Barborouses header hit the inside of the post and bounced along the goal line before Daniel Lopar saved it.
Faghani’s waved play on as neither linesman could determine if it crossed the line.
But wait VAR wants to take a look!
VAR decided to keep the referee’s call of no goal but the replay has been shown in the stadium!
Corica is going off on the bench! Very adamant its crossed the line!
WSW midfielder Pirmin Schwegler and Sydney’s Rhyan Grant have some more push and shove. Again the referee issues yellow cards for the two instigators and the game goes on.
Sydney FC fans must of been wondering what they had to do to score at this point.
Chance after chance went by wasted in the whole game with the Wanderers sitting behind the ball and defending well for the most part.
Western Sydney hold on for the 1-0 win despite the fact Sydney FC were all over them for the most part. Wanderers will be very happy with multiple new signings after what they’be seen so far this season and especially tonight.
Schwegler made multiple shot saving challenges, Lopar made so many ridiculous saves tonight and until I see more am happy to say is by far the best goalkeeper in the league right now.Embed from Getty Images
It’s fair to say that the Wanderers are doing things right with 3 wins from 3 including wins against traditionally tough opponents Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.
However i’ve just got to ask..
Is this constantly defending and looking to get teams on the counter a sustainable way to grab wins?
Only time will tell but for now Western Sydney sit a top the A-League table with a perfect 3 from 3 wins and bragging rights over rivals Sydney FC.