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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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    3 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    I’ve just got word that Bobos penalty has landed at Mascot and will undergo 2 weeks quarantine 

    Has it landed? I believe NASA has officially declared it a UFO.

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    19 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    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

    My son was indifferent, but then he is a typical 13 year old and pretends to be indifferent about everything and anything I like is lame. But caught him smiling at times, but if you ask him if he enjoy it it will be a ‘naahhhh’, or ‘yeah I guess’. Lol

    A long way from the little lad that used to run around on the grass at the southern end of the old gaff.

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    3 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    My son was indifferent, but then he is a typical 13 year old and pretends to be indifferent about everything and anything I like is lame. But caught him smiling at times, but if you ask him if he enjoy it it will be a ‘naahhhh’, or ‘yeah I guess’. Lol

    A long way from the little lad that used to run around on the grass at the southern end of the old gaff.

    It’s better than the stadium announcer playing Darryl Braithwaite Horses

    The guy is a Westie too the 6 7 

    see I’m down with the kids

    My girl is 7 she was right into it, my 10 year old wasn’t there, but it didn’t feature Minecraft or fortnite and therefore he wouldn’t have took an interest 

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    On the halftime thing it was ace when 2-0 up, it would be less so if we were getting bummed 3-0

    In that case I’d have been telling where to stick there firework and laser show 

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    3 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    It’s better than the stadium announcer playing Darryl Braithwaite Horses

    The guy is a Westie too the 6 7 

    see I’m down with the kids

    My girl is 7 she was right into it, my 10 year old wasn’t there, but it didn’t feature Minecraft or fortnite and therefore he wouldn’t have took an interest 

    Enjoy it, wait till they turn 13, won’t speak to you properly again until they turn 20 :D

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    2 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    Enjoy it, wait till they turn 13, won’t speak to you properly again until they turn 20 :D

    But I’m down with the kids.. I’m hip, I like the rappers that they have these days.. I’m familiar with the works of the One Four..

    yep your right 

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    34 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    I’ve just got word that Bobos penalty has landed at Mascot and will undergo 2 weeks quarantine 

    poor lamb must have thinking of the rugby posts, either way no three points last night ha ha :rofl: 

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    40 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    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

    I have no problem with it, if it is widely appreciated, even though it would add to the carbon footprint of a game of football. :D:D

    It people on the whole find it unnecessary....well, hmmmm...

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    and just like a lover you know is no good for you, you decide to sleep together one last time and then unfortunately you know you'll be back again

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    19 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    But I’m down with the kids.. I’m hip, I like the rappers that they have these days.. I’m familiar with the works of the One Four..

    yep your right 

    I say to my lad I am down with the kids it takes him ages to stop laughing:unknw:

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    51 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    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

    Re a walk out song...

    Not sure if the team walked out to it (it was so loud it was a bit of a blur), but by the start of the game, if I'm  not mistaken, "Welcome to my Wanderland" was played?

    I think??

    I go find it.

     

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    1 hour ago, wendybr said:

    Wonder if it was bad at ground level?

    It looked bad from the upper tier.

    Pitch level

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    4 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Re a walk out song...

    Not sure if the team walked out to it (it was so loud it was a bit of a blur), but by the start of the game, if I'm  not mistaken, "Welcome to my Wanderland" was played?

    I think??

    I go find it.

     

    Walkout was All of the Lights. 
     

    then just before KO it was Welcome to Our Wanderland as you correctly pointed out.

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    1 minute ago, wendybr said:

    Re a walk out song...

    Not sure if the team walked out to it (it was so loud it was a bit of a blur), but by the start of the game, if I'm  not mistaken, "Welcome to my Wanderland" was played?

    I think??

    I go find it.

     

    Now that song is shite 

    Seriously we should be using Hooligan Heffs etc it’s part of modern western sydney culture 

    Lets be forward thinking and look at what is coming out of the west not link to some half arsed middle of the road dull as dishwater bland AOR 2WS bullshit 

    loads of great stuff coming out western sydney now 

     

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    Just now, blameturner said:

    Walkout was All of the Lights. 
     

    then just before KO it was Welcome to Our Wanderland as you correctly pointed out.

    Dude keep the hooligan heffs coming 

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    1 minute ago, blameturner said:

    Pitch level

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    Think it was worse the higher up you were for visibility.

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    Just now, Smoggy said:

    Think it was worse the higher up you were for visibility.

    Yeah I agree. The delay to KO, I was worse as the players walked out for KO. By KO it was far better, but looked worse in the broadcast because of where the camera was. Probably due to the pure fact of the lighting angle and the smoke rising.

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    2 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Dude keep the hooligan heffs coming 

    I don’t control the tunes. Haha. Otherwise I’d be singing and you don’t want that.

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    10 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    I say to my lad I am down with the kids it takes him ages to stop laughing:unknw:

    I am familiar with the rappers you kids have these days the One Fours, the Hooligan Heffs, the MC Hammers ..:

     

    Just now, blameturner said:

    I don’t control the tunes. Haha. Otherwise I’d be singing and you don’t want that.

    Do you do drill rap? 

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    Just now, StringerBellend said:

    I am familiar with the rappers you kids have these days the One Fours, the Hooligan Heffs, the MC Hammers ..:

     

    Do you do drill rap? 

    No drill in my repertoire but I can do Wonderwall, Greenday, and Tenacious D. 

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    2 minutes ago, blameturner said:

    Walkout was All of the Lights. 
     

    then just before KO it was Welcome to Our Wanderland as you correctly pointed out.

     

    Thanks!

    I was wondering if you still visited here.

    I think it's great to use the local song at games!

    :good:

     

     

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    Back to the game 

    How good is Natta? An 18 year old kid is our best Centre Back by a way. 
     

    His confidence in his own ability for a young defender is so impressive..

    just little things, like under pressure he    Just easy as chests the ball back to the keeper 

    He’s class, enjoy him while we can

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    2 minutes ago, wendybr said:

     

    Thanks!

    I was wondering if you still visited here.

    I think it's great to use the local song at games!

    :good:

     

     

    More of a lurker. Last season they ran a lot of local artists in a lot of the pre-game. This season is less music based because of the pre-game show.

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    2 minutes ago, wendybr said:

     

    Thanks!

    I was wondering if you still visited here.

    I think it's great to use the local song at games!

    :good:

     

     

    So don’t complain about the half time 2767 is as west as it gets 

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    1 minute ago, StringerBellend said:

    Back to the game 

    How good is Natta? An 18 year old kid is our best Centre Back by a way. 
     

    His confidence in his own ability for a young defender is so impressive..

    just little things, like under pressure he    Just easy as chests the ball back to the keeper 

    He’s class, enjoy him while we can

    Natta has been fantastic. 
     

    Ziggy continues to impress me.

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