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Sydney Derby

A-League 2014 - Round 2
Sydney FC vs Western Wanderers
at Sydney Football Stadium on 2014-10-18T08:30:00
Score: 3-2 (1-2)
Scorers: Gameiro (45+1'), Ognenovski (49'), Brosque (79')
Official Info: N/A

I arrived about 30 minutes before kick-off and the stadium was already buzzing. The match was sold out and barring a few seats at the very top corners of the western stand it was jam-packed. I'd estimate the crowd was split roughly 50/50 and both home and away ends were in full voice.

The match itself turned out to be an absolute thriller. Sydney began well and dominated possession for the first 20 minutes or so. However the Wanderers are comfortable playing without possession and struck first in trademark style on the break. Then a calamitous own goal by the Sydney keeper a few minutes later looked to have almost sealed the match. It was only a goal in first half extra time that got Sydney FC back into the game.

In the second half, Sydney piled on the pressure early and were rewarded with a somewhat lucky goal. At 2-2 it was game on and both sides and their supporters were fully committed. A senseless tackle (whether it was "all ball" or not) saw the Wanderers reduced to 10 men. Sydney FC could sense their advantage and piled on the pressure. After creating numerous chances and earning several corners, they were finally rewarded with the winning goal. The home fans were absolutely delirious with delight. It was quite incredible. The match played itself out from there with Sydney looking for a fourth. It finished 3-2. The home singing continued long after full-time and out into the streets. I've never heard that before.

As a spectacle, it wasn't always the best football, although some of it was very good. However it was tremendous entertainment and a great advertisement for the A-League in its 10th season. Sydney FC look to have the coach, the players and the mentality to have a strong season. The A-League broke attendance records all over the country and Season 10 is off to a great start. Football in Australia is in a very good place.