A 10 minute flurry of activity in the 2nd half has seen the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC take a point each out of their Olympic Stadium Sydney Derby tonight, the match finishing 1-1.
It took until the 63rd minute to open the scoring through a controversial penalty. Milos Ninkovic had offloaded the ball to a team-mate and continue his run into the penalty area, he barged straight into James Troisi who could do nothing except get smashed by the attacker. Unsurprisingly, Sydney FC benefited from a poor officiating decision, as Alex King decided that Troisi not managing to teleport out of the way of the onrushing Ninkovic deserved a penalty and the VAR decided to compound the ineptitude by not over-turning it. Kosta Barbarouses sent Daniel Margush the wrong way from the spot to make it 1-0.
The injustice only fired up the Wanderers and they capitalised on a classic Andrew Redmayne mistake to level the scores in the 69th. Graham Dorrans lofted a long range through ball into the penalty area for the inch-perfect run of Tate Russell, the Sydney FC keeper made a mess of his attempt to grab the ball and he spilled it into the path of Troisi who couldn't miss the 8 yard open goal tap-in. Neither side would be particularly happy with the draw but it does keep them for now in the top 4 each on four points.
The Wanderers next game is against the Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday January 19 in Gosford with kick-off at 7:05PM.