Red & Black Football

Sydney Derby beckons in FFA Cup

Wanderers won a gutsy encounter with Melbourne City after copping a mauling at the hands of a rejuvenated Mariners midweek. Goals from Riera and Bonevacia were enough to secure the points with a frantic second half set up by Rily McGree who pulled one back for the home team.

The win was particularly pleasing due to Wanderers’ steel in defence, the boys not only won the majority of balls played into the area but played the ball out from the back over and again instead of lumping it forward. New coach Markus Babbel is now 180 minutes from bringing a trophy back to Western Sydney, something all fans have been yearning for after somewhat of a drought.

In tonight’s other match Sydney FC showed their fallibility dropping a 2 goal cushion to eventually run out 4-2 winners against a plucky Avondale after extra time.  Tomorrow sees an all NPL encounter between Bentleigh and Heidelberg and APIA taking on Adelaide United.

A Sydney derby in the semi-finals is a good chance and would provide an epic game and the draw will be of more interest to those in Sydney than the winners of next weeks fixtures. Wanderers of course fell to Adelaide United at the semi-final stage last season, there are no free tickets in this competition.

Hopefully, we have a Sydney derby to look forward to as the long-awaited A-League season comes closer, if Wanderers can replicate their form from tonight throughout the season we will be more than a handful for any team we play.

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