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Live: Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers


David Sygall

And make sure you grab a copy of tomorrow's The Sun Herald for all the news and views, brought to you by Sebastian Hassett and Daniel Lane. Meanwhile, if you're looking for me in the next month or so, you'll find me on or near Highway One in California. Have a great new year everyone.


Thanks for hanging out with us tonight on the Fairfax blog. A quite amazing night in the A-League, with a huge Sydney derby, buzzing atmosphere and a stunning result. A huge win for the Wanderers and another nail in the coffin of Sydney FC's season.


92m: Wanderers just holding possession now. Knocking it around.

90m: Kresinger has a shot, but Janjetovic holds on.

89m: Mooy has a shot from 25 metres, but it goes wide of Janjetovic's left post.

88m: This has been Shinji Ono's match. The Wanderers looking for a third..........

86m: Del Piero has a first time shot from distance. Not a problem for Covic.

84m: Del Piero booked for diving into a tackle. Lots of frustration for the Sky Blues!

84m: Another attack by the Wanderers, orchestrated by Ono, comes to Minniecon, who can't get it past the keeper.

81m: The Wanderers keeping Sydney from getting the ball to Del Piero. Domination from the visitors now. Playing with confidence and authority.

79m: Shannon Cole hits the post!! I think it was a header that crashed into the post... Wanderers on the rampage now!!

GOAL FOR THE WANDERERS!!! 2-0. Shinji Ono delivers a left foot ball from out wide on the left that gets through to former Sydney FC player Michael Beauchamp, who buries the ball in the net. 

Kresinger on for Joey Gibbs for the Wanderers.

74m: You sense the teams are adjusting a bit to the new players on the park. A bit of a lull in the tempo.

Hersi off for Tahj Minniecon for the Wanderers.

71m: Aaron Mooy fouls Del Piero, Beath gives Mooy a yellow card. Drama! Bosschaart comes in. Beath defuses the situation.

Del Piero replaces Jason Culina.

69m: Del Piero comes to the sideline. He'll have to do something pretty special to get Sydney going again. Wanderers own this match.

66m: Culina sends in a flat ball to the near post from a free kick but two Sydney players get in each other's way. Goalkick.

Aaron Mooy coming on the for the Wanderers. Great move by Popovic. Mooy replaces La Rocca, who was on a yellow card, and pre-empting Del Piero coming on.

26,176 fans in attendance. Great stuff, Sydney!

61m: Little volley towards goal by Bosschaart, but it's easy pickings for the keeper. Surely Bosschaart couldn't score his second goal in his 400-odd games...

60m: Ali Abbas to come on for Sydney, replacing Yairo Yau, who looked out of sorts.

56m: Del Piero stretching on the sideline as Sydney FC hold possession in their back half.

Robbie Slater.... wow... Camera goes to Jimmy Barnes, who Slater describes as a "working class fan"... Ok, we'll give Slater that one. Just don't do it again.

54m: Powell has a good shot, low to Covic's left. The Wanderers keeper holds on at the second attempt. End to end stuff in the derby!!

53m: Janjetovic makes a good claim after a goalmouth scramble. Sydney FC can breathe again.

51m: Beath calls a free kick against Griffiths. The defender made the tackle from behind, can't complain. Wanderers about to launch another attack. Ono and Cole over the ball.

48m: Gibbs has a shot from 25 metres. Another thunderous strike on target for the Wanderers. Well held again by Janjetovic. Must have gained confidence from the story I wrote about him in last weekend's paper..

47m: Wanderers have a corner now. Ono takes it but Sydney hold on and clear the ball.

No changes made by either coach.

Del Piero still on the bench for Sydney FC as the players prepare for the second half. About to get underway.

HALF TIME at Allianz Stadium. It's 1-0 to the Wanderers thanks to a Youssouf Hersi goal on 25 minutes.

44m: Wanderers defending so well. Beauchamp shuts down Emerton straight away.

42m: La Rocca brings down Culina and gets a yellow card. Was probably a good foul, given that Sydney FC were looking for a quick attack there.

41m: Hersi gets another shot away for the Wanderers. Opportunity after opportunity...

40m: Rhyan Grant gets a good through ball from Antonis, but he has no support. Yairo Yau is off tonight, not reading the play. Should have made a run into the box to meet Grant's ball.

38m: I'm no coach, but I'd bring on Del Piero for five minutes before half time. But, like I said, I aint no coach.

37m: Sydney FC probing around the penalty area but lacking the killer blow. Too much ball watching. They look slower than their opponents, who are playing with purpose and flair.

34m: Another shot on target for the Wanderers. Gibbs finds plenty of space but his dig is easily grabbed by the goalkeeper. Far too much space being offered by the Sydney defense.

33m: Culina's delivery is good, Adam Griffiths gets his head to it but can't quite get pace on it with the attention of Topor-Stanley. Goal kick for Wanderers.

32m: Antonis felled by Ono. Free kick for Sydney FC in good position.

30m: Shinji Ono!!! So close!! Wow! A mistake from Bosschaart is seized upon, the ball ends up with Ono who tries to curl it into Janetovic's far post. But it flies just wide.

29m: Sydney FC has a corner. Culina's delivery is no good, but they still have possession. Scratch that. Wanderers working it up now.

GOAL FOR THE WANDERERS!!  Ono delivers to Polenz, who heads back for Hersi. The Sydney defenders fall for Hersi's swivel, he creates space for himself and smacks the ball low and hard into the net.

22m: Emerton delivers into the penalty area for Sydney FC. It's cleared away. Sky Blues on the attack, but it soon breaks down.

19m: Yairo Yau has a dig from distance. Easy for Covic to snapple. And straight up the other end, another shot from distance, no trouble for Janjetovic. Both keepers on edge at the moment.

18m: Close again! This time Janjetovic clears the ball but Ono first times the rebound and it goes just wide of the nearly open goal, as Janjetovic scrambles back. You've been warned, Sydney FC!!

16m: La Rocca probing, the Syd FC defenders hang off him, and he pulls the trigger! But it skims just wide of Janjetovic's right post.

15m: yellow card for Hersi for a professional foul on Fabio. Fabio beat him to the ball and Hersi held on. Kaboom! Yellow card early in the match for Hersi.

This is a bright start by the Wanderers. Pushing up high, looking to attack. Contrary to what many expected. Taking the game to the home side.

12m: Joey Gibbs caught offside for the Wanderers. But the Wanderers get the ball back and go on the attack again. Gibbs crosses low for Hersi but the ball is intercepted.

9m: A Jason Culina free kick into the penalty area is cleared by the Wanderers' defence. Shinji Ono delivers a lovely through ball with the outside of the boot, but it's just to far in front of Hersi. Goal kick.

8m: Goalkeeper Janjetovic holds a stinger from Youssouf Hersi. Great shot, but well held by the Sydney FC keeper

7m: Midfield tussle going on at the moment as both sides try to control the park.

5m: Unbelievable atmosphere! Goalkeeper Ante Covic claims the ball and the Wanderers start working upfield.

5m: Culina's corner is headed away by the defence. Sydney maintain possession though and are hovering.

3m: Emerton's cross is headed out by Beauchamp for the Sky Blues' first corner.

WE'RE OFF!!!!!

Chris Beath the man with the whistle.

It's a steamy 25 degrees at the ground. Spitting rain but nothing too serious. Probably appreciated by the players.

Antonis and Emerton back in, Del Piero on the bench for Sydney FC.

Wanderers unchanged. Mooy still on the bench.


Welcome everyone! Wherever you are on planet Earth, we know you're going to enjoy this game, the derby between the two Sydney teams, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers. Big names, big clubs, a noisy venue, lots to play for - and both teams coming off a win.

We're just moments away.


Join David Sygall for the second round of the all-Sydney derby as the Sky Blues host the Wanderers.

3 comments so far

  • Is Alessandro Del-Piero playing?

    Andy The Pandy
    Date and time
    December 15, 2012, 7:38PM
    • Sydney FC will win the game because Western Sydney can't score goals!

      Andy The Pandy
      Date and time
      December 15, 2012, 7:43PM
      • Haven't you got a red and black logo for the Wanderers yet?

        Date and time
        December 15, 2012, 8:52PM

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