Sky Blues unbeaten run ends at Nineteen
Sydney FC’s unbeaten run has come to an end after a solitary goal defeated the Sky Blues in the Sydney Derby.
Brendan Santalab struck midway through the first half to hand the home side the lead going into the break, before a gritty second half played out with chances for both sides but for no reward.
The Sky Blues will feel hard done by after three penalty decisions were contentiously waved away, with Alex Brosque having strong claims denied in stoppage time with the goal beckoning.
After the match, Sydney FC head coach Graham Arnold said, “It’s been a great journey, the undefeated run. I couldn’t be prouder of the boys. I know the players are extremely disappointed but I thought we were fantastic today, I thought we had enough changes to win 2 or 3 games.
“I thought overall it was a fantastic spectacle for the A-League and it was a fantastic crowd again, a lot of noise and it’s good for the A-League.
“Our aim is to be the best team in A-League history, and we’re still in a great position for that, I think we’re having a fantastic year.
“Nineteen undefeated, what a fantastic start to the competition, now it’s about finishing it off and with the quality we showed tonight I’m very sure we’ll finish it off.”
Attentions now turn to next Friday’s encounter away, as the Sky Blues travel to face Melbourne City at AAMI Park on 24 February (kick off 7:50pm).
News Source: Sydney FC
Western Sydney – 1 (Santalab 26’)
Sydney FC – 0
Crowd: 44,843 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Chris Beath
Sydney FC: 20. Danny Vukovic (gk), 4. Alex Wilkinson, 5. Jordy Buijs, 6. Joshua Brillante, 7. Michael Zullo, 9. Bobo, 10. Milos Ninkovic, 13. Brandon O’Neill (18. Matt Simon 85’), 14. Alex Brosque (c), 21. Filip Holosko (11. Bernie Ibini 56’), 23. Rhyan Grant. Subs not used: 1. Andrew Redmayne (gk), 8. Milos Dimitrijevic, 17. David Carney. Yellow Cards: Grant 61’. Red Cards: None.
Western Sydney Wanderers: 20.Vedran Janjetovic (gk), 3.Jack Clisby, 6.Mitch Nichols (c) (14.Jumpei Kusukami 85’), 10.Nicolás Martinez, 11.Brendon Santalab (29.Ryan Griffiths 90’), 12.Scott Neville, 15.Kearyn Baccus, 16. Jaushua Sotirio, 18.Robert Cornthwaite, 22.Jonathan Aspropotamitis, 24.Terry Antonis (13.Bruno Pinatares 85’). Subs not used: 1.Jerrad Tyson (gk), 5.Brendan Hamill. Yellow Cards: Nichols 71’, Santalab 72’, Baccus 77’, Soitiro 87’. Red Cards: None.