The Western Sydney Wanderers are still the kings of Sydney scoring a 1-0 victory over Sydney FC after a brutally close contest at Parramatta tonight.
A full house of Wanderers fans and an occasional Sydney FC witnessed a closer contest than the first Derby of the season when Western Sydney dominated. A confident Western Sydney rested some key players even after their shock 3-1 loss to Wellington on New Year’s Day.
After dominating the final minutes of the match with the home crowd advantage, Brendon Santalab scored the winning goal in 87 minute.
The first half remained even until Mark Bridge secured the first chance of the night bolting past the Sydney FC defence with a clear shot of goal. Bridge could only clip the post as it went out wide but it started a Wanderers offensive for the rest of the half.
In the 42 minute, the Wanderers were unlucky not to score with two shots on goal hitting the crossbar within seconds. Youssourf Hersi was unlucky with first attempt and Tomi Juric unable to convert the rebound. Even with the additional chances at goal, Western Sydney was not able to convert the chances.
Sydney regrouped at the start of the second half but could only keep up for the first 15 minutes.
The Wanderers scored a free in the 80 minute which allowed for the players to pause for the Poznań.
18,000 fans (mostly Western Sydney fans) kept an electric atmosphere at capacity constrained Parramatta Stadium – with tickets sold out well before the start of the match. The first derby at the Sydney Football Stadium attracted 40,000 fans.
Off the field the Red & Black Block fired a banner back at Daily Telegraph columnist Rebecca Wilson, “Rebecca Wilson worry about an RBT not the RBB”. Wilson has recently written articles critical of the Wanderers supporters.
Football Federation Australia have threatened to deduct points from the Wanderers if there is a repeat of the bad behaviour prior to the last match against Melbourne Victory.
The Wanderers play Victory on Tuesday night again in Melbourne. Western Sydney is back at home on Australia Day.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory from Campbelltown Stadium
Sunday January 19th
Pre-game from 3:30pm, Kick off from 4pm
LIVE on 893fm.com.au
Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory from Parramatta Stadium
LIVE on 893fm.com.au
Pre-game from 6:30pm, Kick off from 7pm