The final Sydney Derby of the A-League regular season has ended in a 1-1 draw that the Wanderers were lucky to receive.
With the game locked out to the public the match took on an eerie quality completely unlike those of derbies past. Both sides had to work into the contest, jockeying for control and it took until the 35th minute for Sydney FC to open the scoring. Kosta Barbarouses turned and shot at goal, forcing Daniel Lopar into a save where he pushed the ball back out towards his right. Adam Le Fondre pounced on the rebound with the Wanderers defence static, a tap-in into the empty net.
The Wanderers came back out in the second half with a renewed sense of purpose but had trouble penetrating the Sydney FC penalty area. In particular, the Wanderers fullbacks seeing a lot of ball in the attacking third but they were incapable of finding a team-mate with a cross or cut-back.
It was one of those poor crosses that eventually resulted in the Wanderers equaliser. A pair of deflections from Sydney FC saw the ball roll out to the edge of the penalty area, Simon Cox fired a first time strike that bounced off the feet of Kwame Yeboah and left Andrew Redmayne completely wrong-footed with no hope of a save. It was hardly a deserved equaliser if not for the effort in the 2nd half, and they pushed ahead to try and find a winner that would have put them back in the top 6. Unfortunately for the home side the inability to find the final ball reared it's ugly head once again and the game ran out as a 1-1 draw. It left Sydney FC without a Derby win this season but is unlikely to do much to halt their ascent to another A-League Premiership.
The Wanderers next game is scheduled to be against Western United in Ballarat, Victoria on Saturday 29th March.