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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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    5 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Now that song is shite 

     

    Pay no attention Turner.

    SB hates Coldplay too! :lol::lol:

    He has no taste regarding music...at all.

    :lol::lol:

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    4 minutes ago, blameturner said:

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

    No offence but I think I’ll pass

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    1 minute ago, wendybr said:

    Pay no attention Turner.

    SB hates Coldplay too! :lol::lol:

    He has no taste regarding music...at all.

    :lol::lol:

    That’s like saying because I don’t like Starbucks I have no taste in coffee 

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    4 minutes 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 was good. Needed a bit of help second half for a time. But very good.

    I ecpect him to come back next season without the year 10 high school moustache and a slick high top fade hair do :D

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    13 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.

     

    Subtle Wendy...try and get the debate going again for a walk out song.  :xnod:

     

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    3 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Pay no attention Turner.

    SB hates Coldplay too! :lol::lol:

    He has no taste regarding music...at all.

    :lol::lol:

    Don’t worry. It’s not like I choose the songs haha

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    3 minutes ago, blameturner said:

    Natta has been fantastic. 
     

    Ziggy continues to impress me.

    For sure Ziggy’s attitude is amazing and his work effort, hopefully Natta is watching that too as Ziggy is hoping the kids how to be a pro

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    1 minute ago, Smoggy said:

    Natra was good. Needed a bit of help second haf for a time. But very good.

    I ecpect him to come back next season without the year 10 high school moustache and a slick high top fade hair do :D

    I can’t imagine him looking any other way hahaha

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    Just now, WHACKO said:

    Subtle Wendy...try and get the debate going again for a walk out song.  :xnod:

     

    We should just do the half time thing as a walk out, might need hand out pingers to the crowd though 

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    2 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    Natta was good. Needed a bit of help second half for a time. But very good.

    I ecpect him to come back next season without the year 10 high school moustache and a slick high top fade hair do :D

    My dad likes Natta as he is going the old school scouse Perm and Mo look 

     

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    To Whacko's post

    I've given up on a song we can all sing to as a walkout...

    It needs to be slow and it needs to soar to a crescendo.

    I just listen enviously to the Victory home game walkouts.

    That's the closest I'll ever get to participating in something like that in Australia.

    :cry::cry:

     

     

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    4 minutes ago, blameturner said:

    Don’t worry. It’s not like I choose the songs haha

    Who does?

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    1 minute ago, wendybr said:

    To Whacko's post

    I've given up on a song we can all sing to as a walkout...

    It needs to be slow and it needs to soar to a crescendo.

    I just listen enviously to the Victory home game walkouts.

    That's the closest I'll ever get to participating in something like that in Australia.

    :cry::cry:

     

     

    You have given your all to the walkout discussion these last 6 or 7 years :D

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    Just now, wendybr said:

    To Whacko's post

    I've given up on a song we can all sing to as a walkout...

    It needs to be slow and it needs to soar to a crescendo.

    I just listen enviously to the Victory home game walkouts.

    That's the closest I'll ever get to participating in something like that in Australia.

    :cry::cry:

     

     

    What relevance does that dirge have to western sydney?

    It’s 2 minute microwave meal atmosphere 

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    3 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    To Whacko's post

    I've given up on a song we can all sing to as a walkout...

    It needs to be slow and it needs to soar to a crescendo.

    I just listen enviously to the Victory home game walkouts.

    That's the closest I'll ever get to participating in something like that in Australia.

    :cry::cry:

     

     

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.............Never give up.

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    Just now, Smoggy said:

    You have given your all to the walkout discussion these last 6 or 7 years :D

    Yes...well...sort of...

    :cry:

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    11 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Where do I apply?

    NOOOOOOOO!

     

    14 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    What relevance does that dirge have to western sydney?

    It’s 2 minute microwave meal atmosphere 

    Rubbish!

    It unifies the whole. stadium from the get go. In a more sustained way than WDWSF, for example.

    It's powerful. Unique here.

     

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    29 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Who does?

    the production company with the club's input of course. (all clubs around the world use an external company for this stuff, before someone decides to complain about this).

    We tried Glorious as a walkout theme but the sidelines didn't get into it.

    Hard to force something like what Victory have. Needs to be organic. Give it 10 years I'm sure something relevant will come up and be universally acceptable for sides and the active.

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    12 minutes ago, blameturner said:

    Hard to force something like what Victory have. Needs to be organic. Give it 10 years I'm sure something relevant will come up and be universally acceptable for sides and the active.

    Hahaha...that's what I've heard since early 2013.

    Oh well...only 2 more years to go, before the first 10 years is up!

    :lol::lol:

     

    PS I noted Song 2 is played as a goal celebration still, which is good...but we haven't got the hang of it yet. :D

    Victory do their Walkout and the goal celebration just right. ;)

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    5 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Hahaha...that's what I've heard since early 2013.

    Oh well...only 2 more years to go, before the first 10 years is up!

    :lol::lol:

     

    PS I noted Song 2 is played as a goal celebration still, which is good...but we haven't got the hang of it yet. :D

    Victory do their Walkout and the goal celebration jyst right. ;)

    At the end of the day, if the rest of the fans don't sing it, what do you expect them to do? It's why they went back to this format.

    Song 2 is great imo!

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    Just now, blameturner said:

    At the end of the day, if the rest of the fans don't sing it, what do you expect them to do? It's why they went back to this format.

    Song 2 is great imo!

    I hear it, because I like it. I only noticed it when all the delirious cheering died down.

    Most people wouldn't know it's happening...it just blends in with the background.

    Don't know how you introduce it...but in Season 1, it was instantaneous that Wanderers supporters adopted the 7 Nations Army celebration, that Victory does. Until it was stopped. 

    Nevermind...there was nothing wrong with last night's atmosphere, that's for sure.

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    Walk out song discussion again? Easily fixed. Wendy to come up with the lyrics for "Du Hast", RBB in charge of the pyro display, and we are all set.

    If Rammstein's singer can fire a rocket launcher and just about set the stage on fire in an in ground venue, surely no one would object replicating this in a football stadium? Right, @blameturner??

     

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    1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

    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 

     

    NO!

    JUST NOOOOO!

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    1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

    We should just do the half time thing as a walk out, might need hand out pingers to the crowd though 

    Was wondering why I wasn’t told to bring any in my match day members email...

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    Just now, hughsey said:

    Was wondering why I wasn’t told to bring any in my match day members email...

    It did need a few “Garys” as they are called in Liverpool 

    ecstasy tablet pills used by many clubbers and party animals for increased energy
    eh mate il give ya 3quid for that last gary ablett 

    From former Everton and Liverpool player sadly died way too young (non drug related)
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    24 minutes ago, FCB said:

    Walk out song discussion again? Easily fixed. Wendy to come up with the lyrics for "Du Hast", RBB in charge of the pyro display, and we are all set.

    If Rammstein's singer can fire a rocket launcher and just about set the stage on fire in an in ground venue, surely no one would object replicating this in a football stadium? Right, @blameturner??

     

    Problem solved!  That'll do me!

    @wendybr  @blameturner  get it done.

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