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  • Old McDonald Wins A Derby


    The second Sydney Derby of the 2020/21 A-League season was an epic encounter that saw Scott McDonald's quick debut goal the difference between the two sides, the Wanderers running out 3-2 winners at Parramatta.

    Western Sydney came into the clash on the back of an embarrassing 5-4 loss to bottom of the table Melbourne Victory, extending their winless run to 6 games. Sydney FC were the mirror image of the Wanderers, having defeated Melbourne Victory in their last game to extend their unbeaten run to 6 games. The major news from the starting lineup for the home side was the Captain Dylan McGowan being left out of the squad entirely due to an injury. Both teams had a lot to play for, with the Wanderers capable of re-entering the top 6 with a big win while Sydney FC needed the three points to hold on to 2nd place on the table and Melbourne City in first. The loss to Melbourne heaped pressure on coach Carl Robinson leaving many thinking another loss could see him join the list of Gombau, De Maringy and Babbel on the WSW coaching chopping block.

    The first big chances of the game came in the 8th minute. First the Wanderers broke down the right wing, Bernie Ibini flashing a cross in front of Bruce Kamau that Andrew Redmayne grappled. He started a counter-attack that finished with Alexander Baumjohann hammering a low shot across the face of goal that Bobo was kept away from by Ziggy Gordon.

    The Wanderers opened the scoring against the run of play in the 11th minute. Ibini and Troisi combined before releasing Ziggy Gordon down the wide open right wing, his low cutback was run onto by Bruce Kamau, the forward coming across with a first time strike that beat Redmayne at the near post and clattered off the inside of the goal post to make it 1-0. 

    Buoyed by breaking the deadlock, the Wanderers lifted their energy levels and surged into a 2-0 lead just minutes later. Kamau was once again in the action, starting the move off from a cheap turnover by Luke Brattan. Kamau played a neat one-two pass with Troisi and continued into the area, played the ball inside for Ibini who tapped the ball dead for Mitch Duke and he fired past Redmayne with a placed left foot shot. Duke celebrated with his trademark corner flag splits as the crowd erupted.

    Sydney FC had a chance to pull one back in the 23rd minute. Ninkovic, having already got involved by illegally shoving Jordon Mutch after the ball had gone well out, lifted the ball over the top into the path of Bobo, but he couldn't keep his lobbed finish down enough. Ryan McGowan went into the officials notebook when he cut down Kamau to prevent him running into the penalty area. Mitch Duke & Luke Brattan were also carded after a fracas in the Sydney FC half. With a frenetic pace the remainder of the half passed like lightning and neither team could craft a clear cut chance before the break.

    In the lingering smoke from the half-time fireworks show, Sydney FC came out and picked up their first goal of the game with an Alex Wilkinson header from a 46th minute corner. The Sydney FC captain rose against Mark Natta, the Wanderers hadn't put men on the posts and the ball dropped slowly past the dive of Margush when someone on the post would have easily stopped & cleared it. Sydney FC nearly equalised as Ninkovic worked Baumjohann into the penalty area, his cross rebounded from the save of Margush onto the legs of Bobo and luckily for the home side it fell past the post.

    Carl Robinson made a triple change for the Wanderers in the 65th minute. New signing Scott McDonald, Tate Russell and Kwame Yeboah entered in place of James Troisi, Bernie Ibini and Mitch Duke. McDonald made an immediate impact. Tate Russel earned a corner off Joel King, Graham Dorrans delivered a pinpoint cross into the 6 yard box, McDonald played the poachers role to perfection, waited for the drop of the ball, rose to knock down a strong header into the turf then up over the man on the post to score on debut and make it a 3-1 lead.

    10 minutes from time the Wanderers counter-attacked through Russell, he beat King all ends up, the fullback pushed the ball for Yeboah and his fierce strike had to be palmed away for another Wanderers corner. VAR finally raised it's head in the 83rd minute. Trent Buhagiar lost control of the ball in the penalty area and then went down under soft shoulder to shoulder contact from Dorrans. After a 2 minute VAR check the ref confirmed his own decision and sent Bobo to the spot. With the game hanging in the balance, Bobo smashed the ball into the Parramatta River, making a complete mess of his shot. 

    The officials put up seven whole minutes of stoppage time, and with a long wait for Margush to get back up. Sydney FC took advantage of chaos in the area with Anthony Caceres running free onto the byline before putting the ball across goal, Bobo made up for his penalty miss with a trademark 1 meter out tap-in. Pouring on the pressure, Caceres had a strike from the edge of the area, he curled a right footed long bomb onto the top corner of the goalposts and it rocked out to save the Wanderers from having the game levelled. It was the last attack of the game, the Wanderers stoically held off as Sydney FC threw the kitchen sink until the 97th minute when the ref blew full time.

    It was a mammoth performance from the home team, every player putting in 100% for the full 90 minutes plus stoppages, throwing themselves into every challenge and when it required, showing clinical movement and passing that was beautifully finished to score the three goals that were needed to take all three points. It will not be an easy run into the finals but the victory provides a glimmer of hope if results go their way.

    The Wanderers next match is against Western United, a fixture that will have major implications for the top 6, taking place on Saturday May 8th at Parramatta Stadium, kick-off at 7:10PM.


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    9 minutes ago, ANZAC said:

    if the ref can't make the VAR decision in under 10 seconds, it's not "clear and obvious"

    Looked like the officiating was usual peak A league.....just fortunately we weren’t screwed over for once!

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    Hey have a bit of respect for the record breaking smurfs. They managed to do something very few teams have this season

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Losing to this WSW team 😂🖕🏼

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    1 hour ago, tardotz said:

    Ziggy was the MOM for me and Bruce a close second .....but all our players today showed what it means to play with pride...they should all be happy with their performance

    Natta was immense MoM by someways for me the kid is class

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    15 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Natta was immense MoM by someways for me the kid is class

    I feel a touch bad for Mouda. Natta has come along and kicked over his sand castle. If he hangs around for one more season we might see both our main CBs being academy products

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    7 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    Natta was immense MoM by someways for me the kid is class

    Natta was immense first half. From what I could see he had a dodgy 15 min spell where he turned the ball over near our penna area but got his shyte together again. I think he got a few words in his ear. MoM ...nah not for me, v good performance though.

    Hard to look past Kamau, and Mutch showed a bit of quality. Ziggy was like a little ******* snappy Yorkshire Terrier dog. Never stoped snapping at the heels of ESFC, never gave in.

    ESFC were not direct enough around the box dinky passes to deadends We did a great job of mopping them up. When they went more direct towards the end they caused us more issues, that’s when they pulled the pen.  Caceras made a difference for them, his pace and direct running it to the box had us worried and we were not dealing with him. He was what ESFC were lacking all night. 

    All in alll a top notch performance. In a sense an away team type performance, soak up some pressure and hit in the break, it worked well, similar to what MV did to us. What we need to do it back up, and learn how to deal with direct pace (as per Caceras and MV game).

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    What a pleasant surprise that was. The defensive effort was immense, including Ziegler, who played his best game for us. I was critical of the decision not to chase a good central defender and sign McDonald, well that proved to be a bit silly on last nights performance. If only we can continue like this for the remaining games, here's hoping.

    Great boisterous and passionate crowd pity it wasn't a sellout.  

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    8 hours ago, wendybr said:

    Reminded me of many of our ACL wins!

    Great show of commitment and tenacity from the team. Fantastic  effort!

    I'm hoping some confidence will flow on from that win in the coming games.

     Congrats to the RBB for their MAMMOTH effort! Can't remember when they sounded so powerful!!

     

    🖤🖤🖤

    Like old times, quick glance to my son showed he was right in to it, which was great to see as interest had been drifting, nights like this needed badly.

    This coming week is where the manager really earns his beans. He has to capture that intensity and take it across the remainder of the season. Typical wanderers would be to lose the next game, he needs to ensure this does not happen and the opportunity not wasted. That is how you get the fans back, consistency...

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    11 minutes ago, Ossified said:

     

    Great boisterous and passionate crowd pity it wasn't a sellout.  

    17k wasn’t it, the old Parra Stadium faithful :)

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    20,000 with a bloody great atmosphere, RBB were sensational, hats off to you guys bloody brilliant, naughty flare as well and cops in attendance.

    Game had everything except a red, real derby match, Bumjohan was on a personal mission, you could see he needed to get a monkey off his back, did he? did he **** whinging t***

    No Mcgowan ! it helped, first half defending was rock, a bit more sketchy and desperate in the second but they needed goals.

    turning point? thought it was Bobo's penalty miss if that went in ............ would have been tougher, i don't think i can nominate a MOM because they ALL put a shift in, right down to the tea lady in the sheds, proud of the effort ! 

     

    :wanderturtle::golecapproves:

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    39 minutes ago, Ossified said:

    CR at his post match interview when asked about pressure...."pressure is not having a job or a roof over your head"

    CR has risen a lot in my estimations.

    Also, twice he mentioned that big things are happening behind the scenes. Sounds like we can look forward to the next off season.

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    6 minutes ago, FCB said:

    Also, twice he mentioned that big things are happening behind the scenes. Sounds like we can look forward to the next off season.

    That’s great but.. this season is still winnable. It’s so tight go on a run and we can do something 

    Long as he now keeps a winning formula and doesn’t revert back to type 

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    5 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    How about the highly unnecessary rave at half time. Wtf was going on hahaha

    They do it at Parra games as well 😅

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    12 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    How about the highly unnecessary rave at half time. Wtf was going on hahaha

    It was and I feel quite confident in saying this ... “Eetswa” 

    for those that want to recreate this at home 

    Although 

     

     

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    14 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    How about the highly unnecessary rave at half time. Wtf was going on hahaha

    Spot on. :rolleyes:

     

    Just....why??

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    10 minutes ago, GE942150 said:

    They do it at Parra games as well 😅

    So....it's a stadium thing, rather than a club thing?

    Is it well received at an Eels game?

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    1 hour ago, Ossified said:

    CR at his post match interview when asked about pressure...."pressure is not having a job or a roof over your head"

    CR has risen a lot in my estimations.

    Reminds me of the one and only Keith Miller. Ashes tour and he was asked about being under pressure he replied “Pressure? Pressure’s a Messerschmitt up your arse, not playing cricket”

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    12 hours ago, FCB said:

    Ziegler the only player in the starting 11 that CR inherited. As hoes not have much of a lobby here: what do people make of his performance? 

    He was solid, but one thing i noticed was that he was doing a lot of talking to get our players in the right positions, which was good to see.

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    My thoughts are with Andy Harper, Brenton Speed and the rest of the Sydney FC fans out there, heading straight for the 1000 days without a derby win.

     

    I'm also hanging to see a photo of Duke doing the split in front of the Cove after goal #2....

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    Just now, GD07 said:

    If the rbb can be blamed for the acl goal, can we blame the club for their first goal last night. 🤔

    Wonder if it was bad at ground level?

    It looked bad from the upper tier.

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    11 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    So....it's a stadium thing, rather than a club thing?

    Is it well received at an Eels game?

    I don't hear anyone complain or praise it, so I guess they aren't fussed about it.

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    13 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Spot on. :rolleyes:

     

    Just....why??

    You’ve been going on about walk out songs and stuff

    You have to be down with the kids, the kids today don’t want some middle of the road ballad and scarf waving 

    They want Hard core drill rap, lasers, recreational drugs and western suburbs drill 

    I joke, but seriously, this miserable bastard thought it was ace, my daughter thought it was ace too

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