Sydney FC 0 def. by Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Duke 82’)
Sydney FC rued missed chances in a 1-0 defeat in the #SydneyDerby, however the Sky Blues still sit 13 points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder.
Moments That Mattered:
- Le Fondre Chance – 20’ – Brattan plays Le Fondre into the box but the Englishmen’s shot on the turn could only rise just over.
- Muller Crossbar – 30’ – The German’s shot from distance rebounds off Redmayne’s crossbar as the Sky Blues clear.
- Ninkovic Chance – 32’ – Ninkovic tries his luck from 20 yards which forces a low save to Lopar’s left.
- Barbarouses Chance – 45+1’ – Barbarouses’ volleyed attempt off Le Fondre’s cross bounces inches wide of the post.
- Ninkovic Chance – 63’ – Le Fondre’s cross towards the back post finds the late run of Ninkovic but the Serbian couldn’t angle his header goal wards.
- Redmayne Saves – 75’+77’ – Redmayne produces a fantastic fingertip stop to deny O’Doherty then stands tall to block Muller’s shot just two minutes later.
- Duke Goal – 82’ – Duke leaps the highest to head the ball into the corner and open the scoring.
- Georgievski Red Card – 90’- Following VAR review, Georgievski is given his marching orders for retaliation on Tilio.
The #SydneyDerby started in non-stop action with both sides posing promising chances early on as Le Fondre’s shot on the turn went close in the 20th minute.
End-to-end action continued as Muller’s long-range effort rebounded off the crossbar and Ninkovic forced a save out of Lopar from distance just minutes later.
Sydney FC kept pushing with Barbarouses volleying wide and Ninkovic heading just beyond the post as Redmayne kept the scores level with vital saves on O’Doherty and Muller.
The Wanderers opened the scoring when Duke placed his header towards Redmayne’s left and with tempers flaring, Georgievski saw red for kicking Tilio in the face after a challenge.
The Sky Blues concede late to fall to their second defeat of the season but still sit 13 points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder.
What They Said: Steve Corica: “It was similar to the last game, I think we dominated the game. They created some chances as well but I thought majority of the game was down their end. I’m very proud of the boys I thought they were outstanding again tonight.”
“We had a lot of intensity as well and showed a lot of intent to win the game.”
“I think mentally we were fine. I thought we dominated the game and spent most of the time in their half. We may have switched off a couple of times which they created chances from.”
“We’re still 13 points clear, but luck wasn’t on our side.”
Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 4. Alexander WILKINSON, 5. Alexander BAUMJOHANN (27. Jordan SWIBEL 88’), 6. Ryan MCGOWAN, 9. Adam LE FONDRE, 10. Milos NINKOVIC, 11. Kosta BARBAROUSES (12. Trent BUHAGIAR 80’), 16. Joel KING, 17. Anthony CACERES (24. Marco TILIO 84’), 23. Rhyan GRANT, 26. Luke BRATTAN.
Subs Not Used: 2. Patrick FLOTTMANN, 3. Benjamin WARLAND, 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 21. Harry VAN DER SAAG.
Yellow Cards: Alexander Baumjohann 86’, Marco Tilio 90’.
Red Cards: None.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 1. Daniel LOPAR (GK), 4. Dylan MCGOWAN, 5. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6. Matthew JURMAN, 7. Mitchell DUKE, 9. Nicolai MULLER (13. Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS 90’), 10. Simon COX, 11. Bruce KAMAU (33. Tate RUSSELL 55’), 19. Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 22. Nicholas SULLIVAN (8. Jordan O’DOHERTY 68’), 34. Patrick ZIEGLER.
Subs Not Used: 23. Kostadinos GROZOS, 35. Mohamed ADAM, 40. Nicholas SUMAN (GK), 62. Ali AUGLAH.
Yellow Cards: Pirmin Schwegler 12’, Bruce Kamau 42’, Nicholas Sullivan 66’.
Red Cards: Daniel Georgievski 90’.
Referee: Alireza Faghani
Ground: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Crowd: 18, 501