WESTERN Sydney Wanderers did what they haven’t done before when they defeated Sydney FC on their home turf in the local derby in the A-League competition.
The stirring 1-0 win was at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta on Saturday night and it was a former Sydney FC player Brendon Santalab who broke the nil-all deadlock in the 87th minute, much to the delight of the 18,080-strong crowd.
The red and black army of supporters went into a frenzy as Santalab’s match-winner brought them to their feet.
Santalab — who came into the match as an interchange player — finished off a missed shot at goal from teammate Youssouf Hersi.
The striker pounced on the ball and sent the ball spiralling into the back of the net.
It was a tight and at times dour struggle. Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said after the match he always felt they would win.
The team believes that no matter how tight or tough the contest they have the mental strength to prevail.
The Wanderers are second on the A-League ladder on 26, behind leaders Brisbane Roar.