Sydney derby ends in ALM stalemate | Illawarra Mercury

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Western Sydney and Sydney FC have played the first 0-0 Sydney derby in four years to open their A-League Men’s season. Both teams missed a lead everywhere, and neither was able to score the goal that the 23,118 crowd at Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium so desperately craved. Elvis Kamsoba and Adam Le Fondre both troubled Tomas Mejias into Wanderers’ goal, while Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne twice denied English import Jack Rodwell in the last 10 minutes to prevent either side from claiming the bragging rights. “I wouldn’t say it was rust,” said Sky Blues coach Steve Corica. “I would say it’s the big derby and there’s a lot at stake in this game. We kept a clean sheet, but we wanted to go ahead and win that game.” The Sky Blues seemed to have failed the Wanderers on a few occasions, but for some final exploits from Captain Rhys Williams and Adama Traore. Kamsoba enjoyed a running fight with Traore on the flank and gave Sydney the best chance of the first half when he delivered an inch-perfect cross to the head of Milos Ninkovic. The Serbian winger failed to convert while Mejias hindered his efforts. Corica’s side, which was without Brazilian striker Bobo due to a calf injury, had opportunities through Kamsoba and Le Fondre. Their lack of ruthlessness in the final third was beginning to show, but luckily for Sydney, the Wanderers were just as wasteful. Dimi Petratos was denied by Redmayne just before half-time and Tomer Hemed had a late chance but could only land the ball on the roof of the net. “We blew and puffed,” said Wanderers coach Carl Robinson. “We turned the ball too many times in midfield and our last pass or execution was just a little off. When we had a play the keeper made one or two good saves or we just missed the headers. It’s always an area where we can improve.” Traore and Williams were both shown yellow cards and medical attention as the Wanderers started to decline. Robinson realized the problem and put in Rodwell with 15 minutes to go. The midfielder immediately controlled the home side as the Sky Blues pushed for a late goal and had two chances to score themselves. Rodwell tested Redmayne from 30 yards before his chance to score a winner on the debut fluttered when a deflection from the ensuing corner got in his way. “I was pleased,” Robinson, speaking of Rodwell’s late cameo, added: “He brought a bit of calm to our game. “If he had scored, you might have expected that every week. He had a chance with the header, but it’s just nice to see him on the pitch.” Australian Associated Press


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