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Tense Sydney derby ends in stalemate

Honours ended even in the Sydney Derby as Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers played out a 1-1 draw in front of 40,382 fans at Allianz Stadium. The point sees the Wanderers move to equal first at the top of the ladder while Sydney has ensured it will remain in the top six at the end of the round.

A poor run of results saw an array of changes in Graham Arnold’s line-up, including a change in formation. Matt Simon replaced George Blackwood up front alongside Alex Brosque. Meanwhile Brandon O’Neill and Filip Holosko started in midfield in place of Mickael Tavares amd Milos Dimitrijevic.

Liam Reddy became the first player to represent all four New South Wales sides in the A-League as he made his debut between the sticks for Wanderers. Andrew Redmayne paid the price for conceding five goals last week against Wellington Phoenix. Brendan Hamill replaced the suspended Jonathan Aspro in defence while Dimas returned from suspension in midfield. Compatriot Andreu also returned from injury. The Spanish duo replaced Kearyn Baccus and Jacob Pepper.

Dario Vidosic gave the Wanderers the early lead with a glancing header after finding space in the box. Mark Bridge’s cross from the left flank found his teammate superbly and Vedran Janjetovic could do little to keep the ball out of the back of his net.

Matt Simon was barely an inch away from an equaliser after his curling effort rattled the crossbar. Simon cut across the top of the box to unleash an effort well out of Liam Reddy’s reach but he was saved by the woodwork.

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Sydney

Yellow Card31′ M.JurmanOwn Goal36′ S.JamiesonYellow Card78′ S.RyallYellow Card82′ D.Carney

Tempers flared before the half hour mark when Liam Reddy carried the ball over the line for a corner and cheekily threw the ball in Matt Jurman’s face which instigated a scuffle in the goal. Both players were awarded yellow cards for their part in starting the push and shove.

Sydney were able to pull a goal back before the break as Alex Brosque’s flick towards goal deflected off Scott Jamieson to bobble inside the post. Filip Holosko drilled in the initial cross which David Carney kept alive on the other side of the box before picking out Brosque in the middle but it was ruled an own goal for Jamieson.

Vidosic nearly had his second goal with 20 minutes left but was denied in spectacular fashion by Janjetovic. After a string of headers in the box, Vidosic nodded his effort towards goal. It looked destined to sneak under the crossbar but was tipped over by the Sky Blues shot-stopper.

Andrew Hoole nearly stole the game late after his shot curled agonisingly wide of the post. A number of Sydney players had stormed up the pitch on the counter attack and it came to Hoole at the top of the box to finish there was no late goal in the derby this time.

Wanderers will play Newcastle next week while Sydney has a mid-week Champions League fixture against Urawa Reds before traveling to Melbourne to face Victory next Saturday night.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Dario Vidosic (Western Sydney)
2 Alex Brosque (Sydney FC)
1 Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)

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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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