In the second semi-final of the FFA Cup, and 19th ever Sydney Derby, it was Sydney FC who came out on top yet again, eventually easing to a comfortable 3-0 victory over rivals the Western Sydney Wanderers. Steve Corica’s side will now take on Adelaide United in the final of this year’s tournament.
Western Sydney Wanderers 0 – 3 Sydney FC
After a first half in which the Wanderers failed to make their dominance count on the score line, Sydney showed how their ruthless nature from Graham Arnold’s tenure has not left them by putting Markus Babbel’s side to the sword in a comfortable second half display.
Trent Buhagiar opened the scoring with a simple finish from Siem De Jong’s through ball in the 49th minute before the Dutchman whipped in a fine free-kick to double the advantage fifteen minutes later. Striker Adam Le Fondre killed the game off by converting a contentious penalty in the 75th minute.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Danijel Nizic – 6
Not much he could’ve done for any of the goals although his distribution was quite poor throughout. No evidence as of yet that he is good enough to dethrone Vedran Janjetovic from a starting place.
Josh Risdon – 5.5
Nothing Socceroos-esque about this display from Risdon. Sloppy in possession, end product was poor and was given the run around by Milos Ninkovic.
Tarek Elrich – 6.5
Considering he was playing in an unfamiliar role, the former Adelaide United man did quite well. Marshalled Adam Le Fondre brilliantly all game and was unlucky in conceding a soft penalty towards the end.
Brendan Hamill – 6
Not a poor performance tonight although he could’ve done more. Especially with the first goal, his position was far too high, leaving Risdon vulnerable.
Raúl Llorente – 5.5
Was a passenger for most of the first half, particularly with the Wanderers utilising Risdon down the right more. That didn’t change in the second period and the Spaniard will need to improve.