The Wanderers needed only one clear cut chance to bury their crosstown rivals, a powerful header from Wanderers captain Mitchell Duke after 19 minutes.


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all the action on and off the field whe Western Sydney Wanderers baptised the new Bankwest Sydney with only their second derby win over Sydney FC in 18 games...

Despite 20 shots on goal and a total of 40 infiltrations into the Wanderers penalty box, Sydney FC went home empty handed. 

Sky Blue attacker Adam Le Fondre admits Western Sydney's last ditch defending was of high quality and gave particular praise to goalkeeper Daniel Lopar

"If you look at their keeper tonight he made some great saves," Le Fondre told FTBL. "There were some great last minute tackles.

"There are fine lines in football, they defended with their lives and got every ricochet and every decision, ultimately thats the name of the game.

"We've done everything but score tonight. We can have all the possession and chances we want but if you don't put the ball in the back of the net it doesn't matter."

Daniel Lopar arguably saved the Wanderers from derby heartbreak, denying Kosta Barbarouses a clear chance from a one-on-one situation.


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Western Sydney Wanderers have completed a dream start to the season and are clear at the top of the table after defeating bitter rivals Sydney FC 1-0 at Bankwest Stadium.

Besides the heroics of their Swiss goalkeeper, the Wanderers, buoyed by their rocking home support, provided an inspiring defensive turnout. 

With 15 tackles, 34 interceptions and 22 clearances the Wanderers earned their first clean sheet of the season. 

Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica isn't losing faith following what was ultimately an exciting attacking performance lacking just a cutting edge in the final third.

"We were the better team tonight," said Corica. "I'm very proud of the boys because they dominated and threw everything at them."