Sydney FC 1-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: Troisi’s strike cancels Barbarouses penalty

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The much anticipated Sydney derby ends in a draw.

Sydney FC were held to a 1-1 draw by local rivals Western Sydney Wanderers as both the sides shared spoils in the first Sydney derby of this season.

The defending champions had the upper hand in the first half but were unfortunate to see their chances go begging. Barbarouses had his shot denied by Daniel Margush and Trent Buhagiar found the woodwork later.

The visitors had some bright chances at the start of the second half when Simon Cox side netted the ball while Nicolai Muller almost caught the onrushing goalkeeper off guard, only to slot the ball over the nets eventually.

Sydney FC were handed a penalty after James Troisi was found culpable inside the box, and Barbarouses successfully converted the shot to give his side the breakthrough.

Not long after, the hosts gifted an equaliser following a shambolic work in the defence, led by keeper Andrew Redmayne. Troisi, who was at fault for Wanderers’ first goal, netted the equaliser.

Both the sides went for the winning goal but couldn’t find any as the Sydney derby ended in a draw.

Sydney FC would be rueing over their missed chances in the first half and their defence was shaky throughout.

Meanwhile, Wanderers would be delighted to avoid a defeat as they are currently fourth in the league table behind Sydney FC, with both the team’s sharing the same points.

Steve Corica’s side will face Central Coast Mariners, who are the current leaders of the table, in their next fixture.