A-League Men LIVE: More than just bragging rights on line in crunch Sydney derby


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As I mentioned, the women’s game has just wrapped up, and it was a deserving 2-0 victory to Sydney FC, who remain very much in the hunt for the premiership, while the Wanderers remain just outside the top six.

The home side had slightly more of the ball, but it was the visitors who generated the better chances - although it took a 67th minute penalty, won by new signing Caley Tallon-Henniker (who was making her club debut) and converted by Mackenzie Hawkesby, for them to finally take the lead.

Mackenzie Hawkesby slots the opener.

Mackenzie Hawkesby slots the opener.Credit: Getty

Any hope of a Wanderers fightback were extinguished a few minutes later, when Cortnee Vine broke on the counter-attack for Sydney and was pulled back by Western Sydney’s Vicky Bruce, who was shown a straight red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

A bit harsh, for me, but I could see why it was given.

Tallon-Henniker then finished off the job deep in stoppage time. What a way to cap off your first game in sky blue.

One change for the Wanderers. Josh Brillante is out due to injury and has been replaced in the Wanderers’ midfield by Sonny Kittel, the German import who will make his first start for the club tonight after three previous appearances off the bench.

Same deal for Sydney FC. Luke Brattan, their skipper and best midfielder, is suspended for yellow card accumulation. Coach Ufuk Talay has decided to bring in Max Burgess to replace him. I’m a big Max Burgess fan so that excites me. Meanwhile, Rhyan Grant is wearing the captain’s armband.

G’day and welcome to our live coverage of tonight’s A-League Men’s derby at CommBank Stadium. It’s the Western Sydney Wanderers against Sydney FC.

I am Vince Rugari and I am very happy to be here in Parramatta for what will hopefully be a belter of a contest.

Team news coming up for you in a second - as well as a brief recap of the A-League Women’s derby which has just wrapped up between the same two teams.