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7 reasons why Sydney Derby 7 was the best yet

Whether you’re a first timer or seven-time veteran to the Sydney Derby, there was certainly something for all individuals who attended the game last Saturday evening.

With a colossal 41,213 in the crowd, it was undeniable that the derby that divided the east from the west was the best yet.


Here’s our top seven compilation of why the Sydney Derby was best one yet.


7. The attendance

41,213 people attended the Sydney Derby and believe it or not, this is only the seventh Sydney Derby ever played.

In what is perceived as a relatively short history between the two opposing teams, the Derby was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday evening – and that’s if you could actually get a ticket.

The divide between the east and the west certainly goes past the geographical lineages on a map, with the Sydney FC tifo claiming that it is also a ‘state of mind’.

Mental state or not, the city was entirely divided in either red and black or sky blue and wasn’t it magnificent to see so many people attend and support a football match in Australia.

6. The atmosphere
As expected, over 41,000 people make quite a lot of noise.

The tension in the stadium was tangible to the touch with individuals either sitting on the edge of their seat and chanting for their team or swearing at the referee, with both of these joining in harmony to create one of the best sporting atmosphere’s in the country. Check out this video of the Wanderers fans getting into it - that's what we want to see more of.

5. #NoPyroNoParty
A Sydney Derby wouldn’t be a Sydney Derby without the use of marine signal devices.

One of the most heated and polarizing debates currently in Australian football is the use of flares by various active support groups.

They have previously left Fox Sports commentator Simon Hill infuriated and irate after his comments regarding the individuals who let them off during the FFA Cup game between Melbourne Victory and Tuggeranong United.

He hoped that those who were letting the flares off would stop and questioned whether their mother would be proud of them.

Probably not and they wouldn't be proud of them either at the Sydney Derby.



4. Sasa Ognenovski
Whether you love him or hate him, the Ogmonster was certainly the greatest spectacle of them all during the seventh Sydney Derby.

Ognenovski was living up to the fiery passion that divided the east and west both on and off the field.

This was seen by him yelling at opposition players, yelling at his own players, confronting Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic for helping Brendan Hamill stretch due to having a cramp and even knocking Vitor Saba in the head, which later saw him transform from a relatively slow player into Usain Bolt giggling when Antony Golec was coming after him.

Ognenovski you could argue was almost on fire in reality, with his undeniable passion for the sky blue spawning out of all his actions and words.

Despite some of these having repercussions that are currently being settled, he provided a real ‘enemy’ attitude towards to the opposing team, transforming him from a relatively nice and cooperating player into the Ogmonster.

3. The comeback
What do pensioners, adults and children all have in common? They all love a good comeback story.

For Sydney FC supporters, Saturday night featured a fairytale ending of the seventh Sydney Derby.

After the Wanderers led the match from early on with two goals, the team representing the Eeast had a lot of catching up to do.

In the end the Sky Blues eventually overtook the Wanderers, scoring three goals that sealed their Sydney Derby win.

One side of the stadium was heartbroken and the other was elated, with one of the greatest comebacks being written in the Sydney Derby’s short history.

2. Kris Griffith-Jones (KGJ)
When this guy is refereeing a match, you’re guaranteed two things: some questionable decisions and a game of Uno, where many yellow and red cards are put into a pile in the middle of the field.

So much so that KGJ hands out 4.79 yellow cards per A-League appearance and 0.29 red cards on average. If you’re planning to play a game of Uno or even football with him, you’d better hope he doesn’t draw four.

Thus, Saturday night proved that nothing gets a crowd more riled up than the belief that the referee has made a poor decision.

This in conjunction with KGJ’s carding ability was eventually going to end up in a disaster.

From Vitor Saba being red carded to Sasa Ognenovski not being carded at all for striking him in the head, to unsportmanship behaviour that would have made Matt Mckay proud and to tackles that probably could have got carded but someone in the circle drew the ‘skip’ card which consequently forced KGJ to skip to the next card-worthy offence.

It certainly created some talking points from the game and there was definitely a card for everyone, but it was clear that KGJ won and gave away all his cards first.

1. Pitch invaders
Wales’ qualification to EURO 2016. Stoke City’s promotion to the Premier League in 2008. Manchester City’s win of the Premier League in 2014. Alex Brosque’s goal in the seventh Sydney Derby.

There is one commonality in all of these scenarios and that is pitch invaders.

Everyone loves a good pitch invasion (apart from security) - mostly because it's the only time most of the public will ever get on a professional football surface - and that was certainly seen through the dozens of individuals from The Cove that somehow managed to flock onto the field following Alex Brosque’s goal in the final 10 minutes of play against Western Sydney, which won them the game.

The pitch invaders lept onto the field and ran into a group hug with the players, with some branching further onto the field asking players who weren’t involved in the group hug for a cuddle, and eventually outrunning security.

As ridiculous as it seems, they must be credited for at least returning to their designated seats in the stadium once the Brosque-lovefest had concluded.

When Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was asked about his thoughts on the clearly rule-breaking pitch invasion he simply concluded that this “Just shows you how much it meant to our fans to beat West Sydney”.

But perhaps a word of advice, maybe invade the pitch with more people next time so that you aren’t so easily identified, and maybe for a game that isn't a regular season match.

Regardless, the seventh Sydney Derby was a game that will go down in the Australian history books forever.
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The Crossbar: Back on the air

After taking the last year off to get the body right after one too many injuries, heading back to the UK to be with an ill family member, a brief stint in rehab, a multi-million dollar underwear modeling contract, and not to mention the time spent in France after a certain photo of the ‘bubbling’ type surfaced, The Crossbar is back and ready to get back out on the pitch.

There are some weird happenings going on in the world of the A-League right now: the ladder looks upside down with Western Sydney buried to the bottom and Perth Glory having a party on top of the table, the Phoenix won a game in a country that wasn’t New Zealand and Brisbane Roar looking more like the Queensland Roar right now - things are a little loopy.


It’s a good thing we can always rely on old mate Kevin Muscat to verbally abuse and berate an Adelaide United coach just to keep things on the regular.

Our big observation
Something really smells right now at the national team level. Recent failures by the junior and seniors boys doesn’t bode well for the future and the now. Good thing we are going to win the Asian Cup in a few months, right?

These snuck under The Crossbar (likes)
- Not only breaking the round attendance record but absolutely smashing it. Nothing beats the sight of a full stand.
- Sydney Derby. Finally a game that lives up to the crowd.
- David Villa. More goals please.
- Perth winning two a row. A good Perth team is good for the league.
- Wellington winning on the road. Might not get another chance to put this in the likes ever again.

What went over The Crossbar (dislikes)
- Adelaide v Victory. A game that didn’t live up to the crowd.
- Socceroos goalless run. They know what the whole point of the game is don’t they?
- 3pm kick-offs. Just ask me and David Carney how it was on Sunday, that is of course we aren’t too busy healing our sunburns. I know I am.
- Vitor Saba. Tackle much?
- Vedran Janjetovic. Catch a ball that is directly over your head much?

Ref watch
Keeping the bastards honest with our weekly rating of the brave men and women of the referring fraternity. This week, a B+.

Despite Tony Popovic’s opinion, KGJ wasn’t that bad in the derby. Saba’s tackle was a clear red and it would have been harsh to disallow Sydney’s second; did manage to handle a fiery game well. The refs do lose marks thanks to Peter Green turning Friday’s match into a 90 minute demonstration of his brand new whistle.

Good form/bad form
Good Form
Michael McGlinchy’s non-celebration after his goal on Saturday. Classy

Bad Form
Mariners fans booing McGlinchy post-game. Not so much.

These player have played for both teams
Dimi Petratos in Roar v Sydney
Best known for: having the most immaculate goatee in Australian sport.

Harry Kewell in the Melbourne Derby
Best known for: married to somebody that’s on Neighbours, and other football-related stuff.

Jeremy Brockie in Wellington v Jets
Best known for: being one of the few New Zealand Knights players that weren’t totally shit.

Travis Dodd in Adelaide v Perth
Best known for: getting punted out of United despite being club captain.

Next week’s predictions
- The “Our derby is heaps sick, your derby is heaps shit” debate will rage on between those in Sydney and Melbourne for another week.
- Besart Berisha to do something insanely insane. For some reason, a derby will bring out the crazies in him.
- Brisbane to end its winless start to the year. They can’t lose three in a row, can they?
- Western Sydney to keep its proud history in Grand Finals intact and lose the ACL Final first leg.
- Andy Keogh to continue his goalscoring run. Banging them in for fun.
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Same story for City after draw with Jets

For the second week in a row David Villa has saved Melbourne City from defeat, netting an 87th minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against a plucky Newcastle Jets side at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Jets were on track for a courageous win after taking the lead in the 63rd minute through Edson Montano until Villa banged in his second goal in as many weeks for City.


City fans could have been mistaken for watching a replay of last weekend’s draw away to Sydney FC with the synopsis of the game almost an exact replica of the round 1 clash, dominating possession in the first half only to fall behind against the run of play early in the second, dominating some more before the Spanish superstar to off an exquisite strike to earn City a share of the spoils.

It’s was an eerily similar story for the Jets too, who were denied a derby draw against Central Coast Mariners last weekend after copping a goal injury time.

Just like last weekend against the Mariners, the Jets were given next to no hope to take anything out of this one and could have easily recorded a famous win if not for some missed chances at the death.

It was an historic day in the brief life of Melbourne City for its first A-League home game. The club non-derby record crowd of 15,717 were despite the result treated to a fine performance from City with all the big guns firing.

No one went disappointed after witnessing the Villa goal, the form of Damien Duff and Aaron Mooy will have City fans salivating of what could be this year.

While Villa will grab the headlines, it was Duff and Mooy who made City tick all day as all attacking play from the home side going through them.

Duff in particular was a standout, working overtime down the right flank giving the Jets nothing but headaches.

City dominated possession in the first half but couldn’t knock down a defiant Jets defence.

The crowd flocked in expecting an attacking master class by the City superstars but were instead treated to a lesson in astute defending and counter play by the unfancied Jets.

The visitors were more than happy to sit back and let City come at them, absorbing the mountains of pressure dished up to them before taking an unlikely lead with the first chance that fell their way.

Montana became the first Ecuadorian player to find the back of the net in the A-League when he got his head on a Joel Griffith cross to stun the home fans.

With the bus firmly placed into the park position, Zenon Carravella had a glorious chance to extend the Jets’ lead in the 82nd minute with an attempted volley dead in front of goal that went high into the stands that he should have buried.

City took full advantage of the big let off the Jets afforded to them and threw everything they had left on the table to find the breakthrough.

The barrage of attacked proved too much for the Jets to handled and squandered their lead three minutes from time when Villa hit a volley on the top of the box that flew past Mark Birighitti in goal.

City manager John van’t Schip spoke post-game about the similarities of last game and how his side need to find the killer edge in front of goal.

“If you look at the first game we played the first half good and second half we were more equal and not in control. In this game the first half of this game we were controlling, we were dominating we were playing good parts. But in the end phase we were not really read for the finishing punch.

“We came back to equalise and in the end they had a very big opportunity to win the game. In the end it’s a result we would have liked to have been different before the game.

“In football you have to scores goals, dominating is not enough for three points.”

Newcastle manager Phil Stubins hopes the performance shown by his boys will earn change the minds of those quick to right off the Jets this year.

"Absolutely, that's been a driving force for us. We've come together as a group and I've spoke all along about changing the mindset and attitude and approach of everyone. That then impacts on the environment at the club.

"I think at the moment if anyone was to come and witness what we were doing over there, you'd find it a very buoyant, vibrant place.

"We've come to Melbourne City, a second road trip. We've got another two to go in Wellington and Perth, certainly from our perspective, it was a positive performance."



Melbourne City starting XI: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 3. Robbie WIELART, 5. Erik PAARTALU, 6. Aaron MOOY, 7. Iain RAMSAY, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. David VILLA, 11. Damien DUFF, 15. David WILLIAMS, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 24. Patrick KISNORBO (c)

Subs: 20. Tando VELAPHI (gk), 27. Ross ARCHIBALD, 23. Mate DUGANDZIC, 14. James BROWN, 18. Paulo RETRE


Newcastle Jets starting XI: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI, 2. Scott NEVILLE, 3. Taylor REGAN, 4. Kew JALIENS (c), 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Marcos FLORES, 12. Sam GALLAGHER, 13. Edson MONTANO, 16. Jacob PEPPER, 22. Jonathan STEELE, 23. David CARNEY

Subs: 7. JERONIMO, 8. Zenon CARAVELLA, 11. Andrew HOOLE, 17. James VIRGILLI, 30. John SOLARI (gk)
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Keogh Show lights up nib Stadium as Glory silence Roar

Perth Glory fans look to have found themselves a new hero in the form of Andy Keogh who bagged a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar.

On what was a record breaking weekend for the A-League attendance wise, 8789 people were at nib Stadium to witness the striker head home a late Scott Jamieson corner.


The Roar lead twice through Mensur Kurtisi and Henrique but the home side showed great determination to get back into the game each time and eventually come out on top.

“I think I said at the beginning of the year that we looked to recruit people with character, who are a bit blue collar; we’ve done that,” said Coach Kenny Lowe afterwards.

“We’ve got characters and it’s shining through at the moment, long may it continue.”

A dour first half never really got going until six minutes before the interval when Kurtisi finished well at the near post from Henrique’s low cross.

Lowe made a switch at half time, replacing the largely anonymous Nebojsa Marinkovic with last week’s match winner Jamie Maclaren, and Glory settled into a 4-4-2 formation with a flat midfield.

“Macca’s come back from preseason I think six kilos lighter, beat all of his records with our testing, you’ve got to take your hat off to the boy,” said Lowe of Maclaren.

“He knew we were out to sign players, there’s been speculation all along that we’re looking for another forward. I think we might have found one and he might have been with us for a while.”

Keogh looked much more comfortable with an out-and-out striker alongside him and on 49 minutes he won a penalty after being taken down in the penalty area by Jade North.

The Irishman picked himself up to calmly roll the ball past Jamie Young who dived the wrong way.

The visitors’ response was almost instant though as Henrique made it 2-1, taking advantage of the acres of space he was afforded by Glory's defence to blast an effort into the top corner.

“Ricky has been in sparkling form and the reason he didn’t start last week was because he missed a little bit of training so we put him on the bench,” said Roar boss Mike Mulvey in his post-match press conference.

“It doesn’t matter where we put Ricky, he can be an impact player for us off the bench or in the starting line-up. He made one and scored one, and put in a fantastic shift today.”

There was an element of good fortune about Keogh’s second goal on 74 minutes as his left foot shot looked to be heading wide before it struck James Donachie and wrong footed Young before rolling into the net.

After some debate over whether the effort should go down as an own goal, Donachie’s second in successive weeks, the referee’s match report confirmed it as Keogh’s.

The 28-year-old wasn’t done yet though and rose unmarked to head in the winner, sending the Glory supporters into raptures.

Despite being on the receiving end of that late goal, Mike Mulvey was full of praise for Keogh and described his signing as “a great feather in the A-League’s cap”.

“He’s a good addition, he scored a goal last week, scored three this week and he’s hard to stop,” said Mulvey.

“He’s a good focal point for them.”

One of Glory’s standout performers on the day was right back Josh Risdon who has put last season’s injury and fitness problems behind him and did an excellent job marking Thomas Broich.

“The way Rizzo handled him was I thought one of the best performances I’ve ever seen the kid have, and I’ve known him since he was about 13,” said Lowe.

The 22-year-old, who set up Glory’s second goal, was replaced by Diogo Ferreira late on after rolling an ankle but Lowe is hopeful that it isn't too serious.

In other injury news, midfielder Ruben Zadkovich has almost recovered from a minor back issue and could face Melbourne Victory in the FFA Cup quarter finals on October 29.

The Roar have a short turnaround before their next fixture at home to Sydney FC on Friday but Mulvey isn’t panicking despite failing to pick up any points from their opening two league games.

“I’m very comfortable, I know as a club we’re on the right track, I know as a playing group we’re on the right track and I’ve got supreme confidence in the group of players in there that we’ll start winning games,” he said.



Perth Glory starting XI: 1. Daniel VUKOVIC, 5. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Youssouf HERSI, 9. Andrew KEOGH, 10. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11. Richard GARCIA, 17. Mitchell NICHOLS, 19. Joshua RISDON, 21. Scott JAMIESON, 23. Michael THWAITE.

Subs: 2. Jack CLISBY, 3. Brandon O’NEILL, 13. Diogo FERREIRA, 15. Jamie MACLAREN, 30. Jordan THURTELL.


Brisbane Roar starting XI: 21. Jamie YOUNG, 2. Matthew SMITH, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 7. Mensur KURTISI, 8. Steven LUSTICA, 10. HENRIQUE, 13. Jade NORTH, 15. James DONACHIE, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS.

Subs: 11. Liam MILLER, 12. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 19. Jack HINGERT, 20. Kofi DANNING, 30. Matthew ACTON.
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W-League: Brisbane nabs spirit-lifting draw against Victory

Brisbane Roar young gun Sunny Franco saved the day for the Roar at Goodwin Park, scoring her first ever goal for the Roar to level the scores at 1-1 with Melbourne Victory.

There was little separating the Roar and the Victory in the grand final rematch, with both teams scoring convincingly late in the second half.


Melbourne Victory’s Amy Jackson put the visitors ahead in the 69th minute, skipping through her opponents to slot the ball past Brisbane’s star goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.

The Victory followed up strongly and looked likely to score again, but Angerer was determined to not let another goal slip past.

Melbourne’s Lisa De Vanna and Christine Nairn came close to scoring early in the second half, leaving Roar supporters on the edge of their seats.

However, a solid defence kept Brisbane in the game, as the forwards were denied shot after shot.

Brisbane’s Hayley Raso made several promising breakaways, but fumbles from her teammates saw Victory steal back possession.

Tension started to build as Melbourne’s goalkeeper Brianna Davey made some exceptional saves, forcing the Roar to take shots from anywhere and everywhere only to clear the crossbar.

Despite the struggle Brisbane stayed strong and gained some momentum. Franco replaced Brisbane defender Vedrana Popovic late in the game and scored the equaliser under pressure after a nail biting one on one with Davey.

The ecstatic reaction from the players and the fans sent Brisbane firing into the final minutes, in search of a winning goal.

Both teams failed to score a decider, giving Melbourne their second draw in two weeks and keeping Brisbane's finals hopes alive.



Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Nadine ANGERER, 2. Laura ALLEWAY, 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5. Brooke SPENCE, 6. Hayley RASO, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9. Larissa CRUMMER, 10. Katrina GORRY, 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Natasha WHEELER, 16. Angela BEARD, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 18. Sunny FRANCO, 20. Kate STEWART (GK)


Melbourne Victory squad: 1. Brianna DAVEY (GK), 2. Hannah BREWER, 5. Lauren BARNES, 6. Gema SIMON, 7. Stephanie CATLEY (C), 8. Amy JACKSON, 9. Racheal QUIGLEY, 10. Christine NAIRN, 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 14. Tiffany ELIADIS, 15. Emma CHECKER, 16. Beattie GOAD, 17. Gulcan KOCA, 18. Elli REED, 20. Cassandra DIMOVSKI (GK)
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W-League: Adelaide stuns Canberra to claim first points

Adelaide United has caused one of the upsets of the season, the Reds earning their first points of the year in the process, downing Canberra United 3-2.

The result is Adelaide’s first ever win in Canberra, as the team from the nation’s capital continues to struggle and have dropped out of the top four for the first time this season.


A brace to captain and striker Kristy Moore set up the win, as Adelaide punished Canberra for wasting a large number of scoring opportunities.

A dour first half burst to life minutes before the interval when Adelaide took a surprise lead. A long goal kick from Melissa Barbieri sailed over the Canberra defence, Moore was quickest to the ball before unleashing a shot back across her body into the far corner, catching Canberra keeper Melissa Maizels out of position.

It was a tough break for Canberra who had a comfortable grip on the game. Despite the setback Canberra forced their way back into the match just two minutes after half-time. Michelle Heyman adding another goal to her tally poking home from close range following a goal mouth scramble.

However, on the hour mark Adelaide were back in front as Moore added her second for the day. Reacting quickest to a loose ball in the box, Moore smashed home a drive into the bottom corner, giving Maizels no chance.

With the home crowd forcing them forward, Canberra equalised with 15 minutes to go, as Caitlin Munoz headed home from a corner.

But they had no time to celebrate as substitute Tiarn Powell pounced onto a rebounded shot first to put Adelaide in front for the third time in the match.

Despite Canberra's best efforts, Adelaide clutched on to claim a much-needed first three points for the season.



Canberra United starting XI: 20. Melissa Maizels (GK), 3. Julia De Angelis (Maher 70’), 5. Grace Field, 6. Caitlin Munoz, 7. Ellie Brush, 11. Michelle Heyman, 12. Sally Rojahn, 13. Nicole Begg (c), 14. Ashleigh Sykes, 16. Lori Lindsey, 22. Stephanie Ochs

Canberra United substitutes: 1. Chantel Jones (GK), 2. Catherine Brown, 10. Grace Maher, 17. Holly Houston


Adelaide United starting XI: 1. Melissa Barbieri (GK), 2. Monique Iannella, 3. Danielle Brogan, 7. Katrine Pedersen, 8. Emily Condon (Chidiac 80’), 9. Lisa-Marie Woods, 11. Isabel Hodgson (Powell 60’), 12. Dalia-Tais Borg, 15. Jenna McCormick, 16. Katie Holtham, 23. Kristy Moore (c)

Adelaide United substitutes: 6. Dylan Holmes, 10. Alexandra Chidiac, 17. Tiarn Powell, 20. Sarah Willacy (GK)
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W-League: Wanderers continue losing streak at home

With what was deemed as a very positive start for the Western Sydney Wanderers, their inability to defend goals in crucial moments saw them on the wrong side of a 5-1 belting handed down by Newcastle Jets.

Within the opening minutes, Newcastle Jets worked their way through the Wanderers defence with a shot on goal that was fortunate to be saved.


Despite this, the Wanderers W-League side had a corner in the fifth minute that almost gave them an early lead but sadly this opportunity was wasted.

The Western Sydney squad played with fast momentum and confidence, which was very much contrasted to their previous games. This was seen through their prevention of Rhali Dobson’s terrific run that also demonstrated vast improvements in the Wanderers defence since their historic and horrific 10-1 defeat a mere two rounds ago.

Helen Petinos from the Wanderers challenged the Newcastle keeper almost gliding the ball into the top corner of the net with Newcastle taking a similar attacking stance, with Georgia Yeoman-Dale attempting a long-rang shot which flew behind the goal.

The first half saw an infinite amount of opportunities for both W-league sides with Demi Koulizakis executing an amazing cross that barely got pushed over by the Newcastle keeper.

Koulizakis certainly created most of the chances for the Wanderers in the first half with a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper but managed to kick the ball entirely away from the goal.

The 31st minute saw the first major substitution in the game and goal, with Koulizakis coming off and being replaced by Grace Henry along with Michelle Carney managing to completely shut down the keeper resulting in the Wanderers first and only goal in the game.

Tensions were certainly reaching their boiling point around the 40th minute with three yellow cards given in the space of five minutes.

Newcastle Jets player Angela Salem was involved in some serious pushing and shoving with Helen Petinos, along with Linda O’Neill receiving one due to her participation in the scenario.

But the yellow cards did not stop there with Rhali Dobson receiving a card during the three minutes of extra time.

The first half concluded with three minutes of additional time with a heap of chances that saw Michelle Carney shooting the ball over the edge of the goalkeepers box.

During this time, the positive lead for the Wanderers diminished. Newcastle Jets Captain Emily Van Egmond sent a powerful ball that was not stopped by Wanderers goalkeeper Trudy Burke.

This exemplified a pattern in the Wanderers conceding statistic where many goals are conceded during the final minutes of the first and second half.

The opening of the second half of the match saw both teams come out with a fiery attitude, yet this saw Katherine Reynolds put out the Wanderers fire scoring the second goal for the Newcastle Jets in the 46th minute.

Newcastle’s passion certainly did not cease post-goal, with Van Egmond luckily not receiving a yellow card for a very late tackle that hypothetically could have certainly changed the future path of the game.

The Jets continued their goalscoring streak from a corner piece which saw Wanderers keeper Burke exit the box but unable to prevent Tara Andrews from scoring, bringing their lead up to 3-1.

The Wanderers were not disheartened by the lead with Helen Petinos leading a corner which gave Caitlin Cooper the velocity to shoot a great ball that was just tipped over the edge of the goal post, with the next corner taking a similar outcome.

Tara Andrews once again got the better of Trudy Burke and slotted the ball right into the far-reaching corner of the net taking the Newcastle Jets to 4-1 in the 59th minute.

Burke was involved in one of the best saves of the match, warding off Dobson who tried to run her down and sneak the ball into the back of the net.

The 66th minute saw Cassidy Davis coming off and Brooke Miller for the Newcastle Jets in conjunction with the Wanderers continuously giving the ball away which eventuated in Amber Neilson taking a long-range shot that just flew over the net.

Despite improvements in the Wanderers defence, Georgia Yeoman-Dale increases the Jets lead to 5-1 in the 75th minute, forcing the Wanderers to make some serious substitutions following the goal.

Tia Gavin comes on to replace Grace Henry for the Western Sydney Wanderers W-League side, with Newcastle Jets replicating the substitution bringing Grace Macintyre on and goalscorer Yeoman-Dale off in the 76th minute.

Newcastle Jets had open ground to shoot with Burke forced out the box, but massacred the opportunity, shooting the ball into the furthest possible distance away from the goal.

The Wanderers continued with their substitution streak with Linda O’Neill coming off and replaced by Rhianna Pollicina in the 79th minute.

The team representing Western Sydney almost seemed to slow down their tempo during the final 10 minutes of play, not fighting for any opportunities with the ball and not completing their passes.

Newcastle Jets made their final substitution of the game with Rhali Dobson coming off in the 85th minute, only to be replaced by Clare Wheeler who certainly had a lot of energy adhering to the fast tempo Newcastle was exuberating.

With three minutes of additional time, the Wanderers made a dire effort to try to resurrect the game with a couple of great shots that flew over the net, but they were unable to change the final score with Newcastle Jets certainly making their presence known in Western Sydney.

The final score sat at 5-1 with questions needing to be asked about the Wanderers W-League sides focus during the second half of the match which ultimately saw them concede four goals.

The Western Sydney Wanderers W-League will next take on cross-city rivals Sydney FC on the 26th of October, with hopes that they will secure a win after this poor start to the season.



Western Sydney Wanderers starting XI: Caitlin COOPER (C), Jessica SEAMAN, Helen PETINOS, Rachael SOUTAR, Kendall JOHNSON, Keelin WINTERS, Michelle CARNEY, Hannah BEARD, Demi KOULIZAKIS, Linda O’Neill and Trudy BURKE (GK)

Substitutes: Grace HENRY, Rhianna POLLICINA, Tia GAVIN and Shamiran KHAMIS


Newcastle Jets starting XI: Emily VAN EGMOND (C), Hannah SOUTHWELL, Georgie YEOMAN-DALE, Hayley CRAWFORD, Katherine REYNOLDS, Angela SALEM, Victoria HUSTER, Amber NEILSON, Tara ANDREWS, Rhali DOBSON, Cassidy DAVIS

Substitutes: Grace MACINTRYE, Clare WHEELER, Brooke MILLER and Claire COELHO (GK)
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Sydney fights back to down Wanderers

Sydney FC fought back from two goals down to beat the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in a wild derby in front of a record crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium.

To state the bare facts of the match – five goals, a red card, an all-consuming melee and a pitch invasion – only scratches the surface.


If ever there was a question of football's place at the top table of Australian inflatable ball sports, the Sydney derby seems to be the answer. While the national team burns elsewhere, selling out the Sydney Football Stadium (or Allianz Stadium, if they send me money to say their name) is reason enough for David Gallop to crack a smile.

David Gallop, of course, the model name for the for the code-hopping, strictly-business, success-only automaton that the administration gods carved from wood, probably, and sent to Australia to straighten out sport. The crowd, at times, sounded almost European in its enthusiasm.

As ever in football – or most football worth watching, anyway – it was red versus blue.  As the two teams came out, the Cove flapped a mosaic of thin plastic in probable homage to the harbour, and held a banner along the front of the stand: "West is just geography. Sydney is a state of mind." Up the other end, the travelling Red and Black Bloc jumped up and down, then threw a few flares.

A cheeky Graham Arnold went all Jose Mourinho and delivered a savage blow to Tony Popovic's confidence in the days ahead of the match with some timeless mind-gamery; executing to devastating effect the "say the opposition is distracted" maneuver.

With the Wanderers looking ahead to the first leg of the Asian Champions League final, Arnold referred to their recent four-goal meltdown in Melbourne, wondering (in a very psychological, mind-gamey way) if "last week was a one-off, or it was because they had one eye on the Champions League? I guess we'll find out."

So what did we find out? Either Graham Arnold is a psychological savant, probably also capable of moving the ball around the pitch with the power of his mind, or Sydney FC, after 90 minutes of football, are simply better than the Western Sydney Wanderers.

A cautious start gave way to swooping counter attacks from both sides, with the home team looking better than their opponents, but only relatively – indeed, the opening goal came against the run of play when the Wanderers broke free on the right wing; Romeo Castelen hooking in a cross to Mark Bridge, who swiped a volley into the net for his first goal against his old club.

The crisis deepened six minutes later, as Sydney conceded an atomically disastrous own goal. A Wanderers corner was cleared into the stars by Sasa Ognenovski – all good so far. Ogenenvoski however, had made the critical mistake of applying absolutely no distance to his clearance, opting instead for full-height, and then things started to go wrong.

Vedran Janjetovic misjudged gravity, despite his previous 34 years of experience with the concept, arched his back and threw a hopeless glove above his head to palm the ball behind him. As a familiar disappointment wafted in across the Cove, the away end exploded.

Both sides were happy to foul their way towards half time, with tackles never exceeding the innocuous, but enough to cut short any threat of realised momentum. Sydney broke forward, and Western Sydney broke back – it was a pattern repeated with little result, until Brosque slipped into space on the left after a ball from deep, and squeezed a backheel across to Corey Gameiro on the edge of the box.

The striker drifted in from behind his captain, and took one touch towards goal before screwing a shot across Marc Janko and Nikolai Topor-Stanley wrestling in the middle – Janko seemed to move to avoid getting in the way, but Topor-Stanley found his toes in the wrong place at the wrong time (namely, at the end of his foot) and the ball hopped up slightly to roll past the inside of the far post.

For all analysis, at half time it seemed fair to call it a weird game and almost leave it at that. Neither side had particularly impressed or dominated – rather, it was a case of opportunities being opportunistically taken where they presented themselves. If anything, Sydney FC had the better of the opening exchanges, and could have counted themselves unlucky to go into half time a goal down.

The second half started quickly for the home team. A farcical goalmouth scramble led to two corners in a row, the second from which Sydney completed their comeback to draw level.

Tumbling towards the ground as the corner dipped into the box, Sasa Ognenovski swung a gawky foot out and connected, sending the ball bouncing through Romeo Castelen's legs and past a bewildered Ante Covic, who predictably struggled to keep himself from exploding into a fine red mist.

The referee, likely as confused as anyone else by the previous few minutes, kept in the spirit of the game and awarded the goal despite unsupported protests from most in red and black.

Soon enough, the match descended into a frantic series of cynical trips and ten metre bursts as players tired and formations stretched. It culminated in a red card for Vitor Saba, who seemed slightly unfortunate to be sent off after sliding across Terry Antonis with a foot raised but seemingly no contact made.

With the extra man, Sydney were able to pour forward with purpose. Janko had a shot blocked and the resulting corner was tipped over the crossbar after header from Sebastian Ryall.

Alex Brosque inevitably scored a third for his side to compound the Wanderers' collapse, guiding a volley across Covic. Sydney, now, had essentially won: a man and a goal up with 10 minutes remaining; Brosque's winner was followed by a pitch invasion that never really reached its full potential given the 41,213 fans in attendance.

Sydney won 3-2 in the end, but the result was satisfying for the wider football community because it felt like a realisation of the A-League dream: a stadium that burst into noise on every whistle, drama as good as any league in the world, and a properly exciting, end-to-end, rollicking game of football.

Never mind the quality in places ­– none of the goals were quite as stylish as Allianz saw last week – but for narrative and atmosphere, this was as good as it gets for Australian football.

Both sides have a busy week ahead: Sydney will look to continue to capitalise on its good form against Adelaide United on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup, before a trip to Brisbane on Friday.

Western Sydney, meanwhile, is without A-League football until early November, with its focus now solely turning to the Asian Champions League final first leg at Parramatta Stadium next Saturday.

Sydney FC starting XI: 20. Janjetovic (GK), 2. Ryall, 3. Ognenovski, 6. Petkovic, 16. Gersbach, 17. Antonis, 8. Dimitrijevic, 11. Ibini, 14. Brosque (C), 21. Janko, 7. Gameiro

Sydney FC subs: Necevski, Bojic, Abbas, Naumoff, Carle.

Western Sydney Wanderers starting XI: 1. Covic, 3. Mullen, 5. Hamill, 4. Topor-Stanley (C), 6. Golec, La Rocca, 8. Poljak, 10. Saba, 17. Castelen, 19. Bridge, 11. Santalab

Western Sydney Wanderers subs: Haliti, Appiah-Kubi, Bouzanis, Trifiro.
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W-League: Tabain's sizzling strike sinks Sydney

Perth Glory maintained its perfect record in the Westfield W-League with a fighting 1-0 win over fellow title contenders Sydney FC at Ashfield Sports Club.

A stunning strike from Marianna Tabain in the 51st minute proved the difference as Glory coasted to their sixth win from as many matches this season and move five points clear at the top of the W-League table.


Glory goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold also made a desperate save in the closing stages that proved telling to the final result.

It was an impressive win by Glory, especially after striker Sam Kerr was ruled out before the match with a hamstring injury and Golden Boot leader Kate Gill had little influence on the contest without her partner in crime.

But Kerr’s good friend Caitlin Foord showed no mercy against her former side with two dashing runs down the left wing inside the opening four minutes, forcing Sydney goalkeeper Casey Dumont to make an early save with her outstretched leg.

Dumont was again called into action in the eighth minute when an unmarked Collette McCallum attacked the goalmouth from long range.

The ball very rarely left Glory’s attacking half in the opening 15 minutes as the home side heaped pressure the sluggish Sky Blues.

Sydney’s best chance came when the ball spilled to Amy Harrison after a series of headers, but the young striker butchered her attempt over the bar.

Gabrielle Marzano impressed in her first starting appearance for Glory, filling the void left by Kerr and making several attacking plays, including a brilliant through pass to Tabian, who lacked penetration on her subsequent shot.

Arnold was rarely called into action in the opening 45 minutes, such was her team’s dominance in attack.

Dumont spent several minutes on her haunches late in the first half after copping a knock during an aerial contest but picked herself up.

Four players were cautioned by referee Casey Reibelt during an often spiteful first half in which neither side was able to find the back of the net.

The deadlock was broken just six minutes after the restart when Tabain capitalised on another fine piece of work from Foord with an impressive strike into the top-right corner of the net.

Dumont suffered another blow to the body on the hour mark, but this time was unable to continue and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Tabain immediately put replacement goalkeeper Alyssa Harris under pressure with another long-range attempt as Glory set out to extend their lead.

Prolific American striker Jasmyne Spencer was unable to impact the match, although she nearly embarrassed the Glory defence midway through the second half with an awkward deflection that went just wide of the left post.

Harrison had a chance to equalise in the 82nd minute after Glory defender Sarah Carroll failed to clear a cross, but Arnold quickly closed on approaching Sky Blue and successfully blocked the attempt.

Carroll made up for her earlier blunder with a match-saving tackle on Sydney substitute Chloe Logarzo and another vital clearance in the dying minutes to ensure the home side walked away with maximum points for the sixth time in as many games this season.

It was Sydney’s first loss of the season but the two-time champions will take heart from only conceding three goals in the first six matches and they are likely to regain Renee Rollason, Kyah Simon and Teresa Polias over the coming weeks.



Perth Glory squad: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Alanna KENNEDY, 7. Gabrielle MARZANO, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 12. Kate GILL, 14. Collette MCCALLUM (C), 15. Shelina ZADORSKY, 17. Marianna TABAIN

Subs: 3. Carys HAWKINS, 8. Shawn BILLAM, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 18. Gabrielle DAL BUSCO (GK)


Sydney FC squad: 1. Casey DUMONT (GK), 3. Liz RALSTON, 4. Alesha CLIFFORD, 5. Jasmyne SPENCER, 6. Servet UZUNLAR (C), 7. Nicola BOLGER, 8. Amy HARRISON, 9. Ellyse PERRY, 12. Chloe LOGARZO, 15. Teigen ALLEN, 16. Samantha JOHNSON

Subs: 13. Trudy CAMILLERI, 14. Olivia PRICE, 18. Heidi MAKRILLOS, 20. Alyssa HARRIS (GK)
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Phoenix upset Mariners at home

The boys in yellow became the boys in pink today, swapping their usual kit for a more vibrant option in support of women's cancer research.

Following their victory over Newcastle Jets last weekend, and a mid-week 5-0 win against Queensland’s Palm Beach Sharks in the Quarter Finals of the Westfield FFA Cup, the Mariners were feeling confident before stepping onto the pitch.


The winning-spree wasn't to last, however, with the Wellington Phoenix managing to pip a win over the Mariners at their home ground, coming from behind to pick up a 2-1 win.

“Ironically I thought the overall performance was far better than last week,” Phil Moss said after the game.

The glimpses of beautiful game we saw last week against Newcastle were appearing more often today; Joshua Rose had some good runs and captain John Hutchinson created plenty of movement through the midfield.

Malick Mane again brought pace going forward and applied plenty of pressure to the Phoenix's defence, but also gave away a few crucial opportunities and wasn't quite able to come through with the goods/goals.

“I'm sure he'll get better as the season goes on and I'm confident he will score goals,” Moss said after the game.

Mitchell Duke had two particularly smashing shots on goal within the first half-hour and, riding on the confidence of his four goals against the Sharks, Matt Sim was moving well throughout the pitch.

Maybe the A-League needs another few weeks to settle into the swing of things, with the first goal for the Mariners coming in truly shambolic style, courtesy of Wellington's Thomas Doyle.

The Yellow Army thought crisis was averted when Jeremy Brockie hit his 34th minute penalty into the crossbar, only for the rebound to be followed in by Michael McGlinchey.

“Mikey had some great years here at the Mariners, and the Mariners helped turn him into an international player,” Moss said after the game.

Seems that McGlinchey also knew where to exploit his former team. Although his initial reception was fairly respectful, he was hazed by the crowd for the rest of the game. Serves him right.

“Focusing on a rock-solid defence” was a key factor of Moss's pre-game preparation, which was apparent when Storm Roux received a yellow card in the 47th minute. Sure enough, cracks started appearing in the marble, with the Mariners reverting to last weekend's sloppy defence, allowing Nathan Burns to score in the 53rd minute.

In a hope to salvage some of the game, Moss swapped Seung Yong Kim for Glen Trifiro in the 56th minute. Anthony Caceres came on for Nick Montgomery in the 63rd minute probably in the hope that he would stir up some action in the midfield.

With Moss putting Nick Fitzgerald on to replace an exhausted Mane in the 71st minute, it seemed he was going to pull all the cards out to get a goal.

“I was very happy with the impact Trifiro, Caceres and Fitzgerald all had, I thought all three of them did extremely well and gave us momentum off the bench,” Moss said.

Fitzgerald had an absolute cracker of a shot in the 78th minute but hit the crossbar. Trifiro followed with a great breakaway and shot, which was skilfully saved by 'Nix goalkeeper Glen Moss.

Into the last fifteen minutes of the game, the Mariners had renewed their energy and pressure going forward. The men in pink were on top of the game, but not the scoresheet.

“What you've gotta look at are the chances we've made; and when we had the pressure on them I thought there were a couple of decisions that didn't go our way,” Moss said, although he maintained that he wasn't making any excuses for the loss.

A corner for the Mariners in the 89th minute almost found Mitchell Duke, who threw his whole body at the ball in an attempt to find the goal.

Goalkeeper Liam Reddy had quite enough when he sprinted at Doyle and gave him a good old-fashioned shoulder-barge for wasting time. He got a yellow, and the Mariners still didn't get a goal.

The 2-1 win will be a shot of confidence to the Phoenix team, giving them the belief that the side can come back from a deficit away from home.




Central Coast Mariners starting XI: 2. Storm Roux, 4. Jacob Poscoliero, 3. Joshua Rose, 7. John Hutchinson, 8. Nick Montgomery, 9. Mitchell Duke, 12. Liam Reddy (goalkeeper), 14. Malick Mane, 15. Matthew Sim, 25. Eddy Bosnar, 26. Seung Yong Kim

Substitutions: 1. Matthew Nash (goalkeeper), 5. Zachary Anderson, 10. Anthony Caceres, 11. Nick Fitzgerald, 18. Glen Trifiro


Wellington Phoenix starting XI: 1. Glen Moss (goalkeeper), 2. Emanuel Muscat, 4. Roleiny Bonevacia, 8. Alex Rodriguez, 9. Nathan Burns, 10. Michael McGlinchey, 11. Jeremy Brockie, 13. Albert Riera, 18. Benjamin Sigmund, 19. Thomas Doyle, 22. Andrew Durante ©

Substitutions: 5. Michael Boxall, 7. Kenny Cunningham, 16. Luis Fenton, 17. Vince Lia, 20. Lewis Italiano (goalkeeper)
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