Classic Clashes: Sydney Derby

It didn’t take long for the Wanderers to make an impact in the Sydney Derby, striking a blow in just the second meeting between the two clubs in the Red & Black’s inaugural season back in 2012/13.

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The Wanderers managed to take four points off their rivals with a win and draw in the three match-ups and then followed up with two from three memorable Derby victories, the only time the club has managed that feat in a season. 

While it has been lean pickings since then, Western Sydney still managed to produce something no other club was able to manage in the 2016/17 season, ending Sydney’s unbeaten run and inflicting their first and only defeat of the season.

In fact, the Wanderers were a handful for their rivals that season as they also came away with an unlucky 0-0 draw to take four points away from the Derby.

Round 11, 15 December 2012
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (24' Youssouf Hersi, 77' Michael Beauchamp) v Sydney FC 0
Allianz Stadium
Line-up: Ante Covic, Adam D’Apuzzo, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Michael Beauchamp (c), Jerome Polenz, Shannon Cole, Mateo Poljak, Shinji Ono, Youssouf Hersi (72' Tahj Minniecon), Joey Gibbs (76' Dino Kressinger), Iacopo La Rocca (65' Aaron Mooy)

Youssouf Hersi had the honour of scoring the Wanderers first ever goal in a Sydney Derby after taking advantage of a Joey Gibbs flick on. Hersi then set up captain Michael Beauchamp with a goal in the 77th minute to seal a historic win.


Round 3, 26 October 2013
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (11' Iacopo La Rocca, 26' Shinji Ono) v Sydney FC 0 
Allianz Stadium
Line-up: Ante Covic, Adam D’Apuzzo, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Michael Beauchamp (c), Mateo Poljak, Shinji Ono (86' Tahj Minniecon), Youssouf Hersi (46' Brendon Santalab), Tomi Juric (76' Shannon Cole), Mark Bridge, Iacopo La Rocca, Jerome Polenz. 

This was a dominant performance by the Red & Black  in front of a sold out crowd. La Rocca opened the scoring on 11 minutes before Shinji Ono added a second just 15 minutes later. The scoreline could have been even greater given their dominance. 

Shinji Ono

Round 14, 11 January 2014
Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (87' Santalab) v Sydney FC 0
Pirtek Stadium
Line-up: Ante Covic, Adam D’Apuzzo, Nikolai Topor-Stanley (c), Matthew Spiranovic, Daniel Alessi, Shinji Ono (90' Tahj Minniecon), Youssouf Hersi, Aaron Mooy, Tomi Juric (60' Brendon Santalab), Mark Bridge, Iacopo La Rocca (43' Jason Trifiro)

This win meant the Wanderers had won three and drawn one of the last four Sydney Derbies. It was another dominant performance from the Wanderers, who hit the crossbar and post several times before Brendon Santalab sent the Red & Black faithful into raptures with a goal just three minutes from full-time.

Santalab goal celebration

Round 20, 18 February 2019
Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (26' Santalab) v Sydney FC 0
ANZ Stadium
Line-up: Vedran Janjetovic, Jack Clisby, Robert Cornthwaite (c), Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Scott Neville, Mitch Nichols (85' Bruno Pinatares), Terry Antonis (85' Jumpei Kusukami), Nicolas Martinez, Kearyn Baccus, Jaushua Sotirio, Brendon Santalab (90' Ryan Griffiths)

In a season in which Sydney FC set all sorts of records, it was the Wanderers who inflicted their first and only defeat of the season with Santalab scoring the only goal of the game in the 27th minute. In fact, the Wanderers did what no other team could do against Sydney that season by grabbing four points, having also drawn 0-0 in Round 15.