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Wanderers run over Sky Blues

Sydney FC was hoping to leave their dismal performance in Brisbane behind them as they played one of their biggest fixtures of the season. The Sydney derby has been an anticipated match for the coming weeks as both the Sky Blues and the Western Sydney Wanderers were hoping to bounce over each other on the A League Ladder.

The RBB were in full force as the whole away bay and surrounding ones were completely full to the brim with boisterous fans in red and black. Sydney, however, dominated the crowd numbers with just over two-thirds of the stadium saturated in Sky Blue. Nonetheless, you didn’t notice as the sea of red and black were the dominate voice during the match.

Alessandro Del Piero, although participating in training beforehand, did not make the team for the fixture due to a calf injury sustained against Brisbane Roar. This was not a good sign for Sydney supporters as Del Piero is the only Sydney FC player to score against the Wanderers. The Wanderers on the other hand had their full team to take on their arch rivals in Allianz Stadium, with Youssouf Hersi starting – this being their good omen as Western Sydney has never lost against the Sky Blues when the number 17 has started.

Sydney FC got the game underway but possession was quickly grasped by the Western Sydney Wanderers as they dominated Sydney FC for the most part in the first half. La Rocca headed home a Shinju Ono cross as he propelled himself into the box and directed the goal right past Janjetovic. This goal came in just 12 minutes– making it the fastest goal in a Sydney derby. Whichever team has scored first in this fixture previous has gone on to win the game and the Wanderers intended on keeping it that way as they fired shot after shot at Janjetovic.

Sydney FC, however, started to sneak past the Wanderers defence and Abbas skilfully crafted a ball along the open mouth of goal, but as you all could predict there was not a Sky Blue player in sight to kick it home. Sydney FC’s woes only grew as Shinji Ono scored in the 25th minute. As usual, Ono finds space inside the box and skilfully juggles the ball to hit a lethargic volley right past Janjetovic.

Sydney seemed somewhat scared to pass the ball into the box. They seemed equivocate with their passes and tergiversate in their communication and execution. Sydney FC was completely outplayed in the first half buy a far superior squad (and this is coming from a Sydney fan).

Apart from their collisions with the cross bar, Sydney’s chances were feeble and even to the extent of non – existent, while their defence were quickly losing pace and energy.  If things couldn’t get worse for the Sky Blues, Rhyan Grant picked up an injury, leaving the team sans their paramount player of the first half.

However, Sydney came on firing in the first seconds of the following half, nearly scoring a goal from Yau. However, that seemed it for Sydney FC in the second half. The only other thing I can comment on was their dismal “free kicks”, if you could call them that. However, they kept the Wanderers at bay and shooed away all bets of a full time score of 4-0.

As the crowd number of 40 388 flashed onto the screen in Allianz Stadium, WSW fans started their famous Poznan to pretty much rub salt in all Sky Blue supporters wounds as they celebrate their well-deserved 2-0 win.

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