Sydney FC has recorded a gutsy 2-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers to win the Sydney Derby at Poppondetta Park overnight.
The Sky Blues will now stay at the top of the table until at least the start of 2017 after a glorious free kick by Alanna Kennedy and a penalty to Kyah Simon got them the 3 points.
The match had started with a frantic pace as both sides did their best to assume dominance over each other. Western Sydney opened the scoring with Katie Stengel knocking home a loose ball past the helpless Sham Khamis.
There had been a flurry of would be shots in the box, but the Wanderers striker continued her good form notching a 3rd goal in her last two matches.
Sydney wouldn’t lie down however and did extremely well to get itself back in the contest.
A dubious free kick on the edge of the area gave Alanna Kennedy the opportunity to restore parity and the 22-year-old didn’t need any second invitations to draw the Sky Blues level.
Her right footed, curling effort easily beat the Wanderers keeper and sent the Sydney FC fans into raptures.
In the hot and humid conditions both sides tried their best to hold possession in a game that was become increasingly nervous for both sets of fans.
The difference was a penalty to Kyah Simon in the final quarter of an hour after a handball in the box. Simon made no mistake and then proceeded to celebrate in front of the Wanderers fans much to the delight of the Sydney FC fans in attendance.
The win puts Sydney on top of the ladder after an impressive last few weeks.