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Smeltz steals Derby win for Sydney

Western Sydney Wanderers has spurned a chance to go top of the A-League table, as Shane Smeltz blasted a late winner in front of a record crowd at Pirtek Stadium.

Most of the 19,627 fans were left heartbroken but will go home having witnessed yet another classic Sydney Derby.

In Western Sydney Wanderers’ 100th A-League game, Scott Neville returned from suspension while Romeo Castelen replaced Federico Piovaccari in the front third. Piovaccari was dropped to the bench, as was Jacob Pepper.

Meanwhile, Graham Arnold made just the one change from the side which defeated Newcastle Jets last week as Matt Simon replaced George Blackwood in attack.

Despite Wanderers controlling proceedings in the early stages, it was the Sky Blues who took the lead in the 22nd minute as Jacques Faty headed home from the corner.

The set piece was sent well towards the back post but was nodded back to the middle of the box and it was Faty who was tallest among the cluster of players in the box, with the Frenchman turning the ball into the back of Andrew Redmayne’s goal.

Western Sydney still dominated play after conceding, so much so that they held 70% of possession in the first half but failed to find an equaliser before the break.

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Yellow Card19′ M.SimonGoal22′ J.FatyYellow Card43′ R.GrantGoal90′ S.Smeltz

Dario Vidosic was able to equalise in the second half however, with a beautifully curled effort. Castelen picked his teammate out and slid a ball across the top of the box for the Wanderers’ number 10 to tuck the ball past the outstretched fingers of Vedran Janjetovic.

It was Shane Smeltz who stole the points for Sydney FC with a cracking volley that rippled Redmayne’s net. Milos Dimitrijevic’s free-kick was nodded down by Matt Jurman and the Kiwi obliged with a thunderous strike to give the Sky Blues a late Derby win for the second time this season.

Continuing a crucial string of games, Sydney next faces Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium on Australia Day, while the Wanderers travel to Gosford to face bottom of the table Central Coast Mariners.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
2 Romeo Castelen (Western Sydney)
1 Scott Neville (Western Sydney)

About the author

avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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    and what a goal it was!