It had a feeling of deja vu about it as it was almost three years to the day that the Sky Blues overturned a 0-2 deficit to win 3-2 in the derby at Allianz, a game that really kicked off the Sydney FC dominance of the fixture that was to follow. But this time Matt Simon's moment to break Wanderers hearts was denied as his open header sailed wide of the posts in stoppage time, much to the relief of the Red and Black faithful.
Oriol Riera continued his blistering goalscoring pace be netting the opener after just two minutes before Brendon Hamill shocked the 34'810 in attendance by scoring his first A-League goal on the half hour mark.
A contentious penalty to David Carney was converted by Bobo in the 37th minute before Josh Brillante finished off a tremendous Milos Ninkovic run in the 61st minute to restore parity.
While the crowd may have been on the lighter side of recent derby attendances both teams gave those who did turn up another derby to remember, the next Derby is scheduled for December 9th at ANZ Stadium but it may come sooner as the sides will face off in the FFA Cup Final on November 21st if the Wanderers can get past Adelaide United in the semi final on Tuesday night at Campbelltown Stadium.
SYDNEY FC 2 (Bobo 39m pen, Joshua Brillante 61m) drew WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 2 (Oriol Riera 3m, Brendan Hamill 30m) at Allianz Stadium. Crowd: 34,810. Referee: Jarred Gillett
Next week the Wanderers face the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle as part of an A-League/W-League double header, you can hear both matches live on SWR Sport from 2:15pm Sunday October 29th.
SWR Sport also has live coverage of Tuesday night's FFA Cup semi final between Western Sydney and Adelaide from 7pm at Campbelltown Stadium.