Sydney derby player ratings: Slick Sky Blues make wasteful Wanderers pay

Here's how every player faired in the first Sydney derby of the season

Though VAR has stolen the headlines, the Sydney derby was ultimately decided by the players on the pitch with Sydney FC proving too strong for Western Sydney Wanderers in a 2-0 win.

An early goal from Sky Blues striker Adam Le Fondre and second from Alex Brosque proving decisive, despite the VAR's eventually dramatic interference.

While the Wanderers didn't get the rub of the green on the night, their players were second best to a slick Sydney FC outfit.

Check out our player ratings below...

  1. Andrew Redmayne

    Rating: 7/10

    Was lucky to keep his clean sheet after dealing poorly with Bonevacia's strike, but put in an otherwise solid performance.

  2. Michael Zullo

    Rating: 8/10

    Arguably the best left-back in the competition right now, a real handful down the flank and got in some quality crosses. 

  3. Alex Wilkinson

    Rating: 7/10

    He might be getting older, but Wilkinson remains as solid as ever at the back.

  4. Jop van der Linden

    Rating: 6/10

    Nothing spectacular from the Dutchman, who isn't quite living up to the standards of Jordy Buijs just yet. 

  5. Rhyan Grant

    Rating: 8/10

    Made a number of crucial interventions in the first half and got forward well. Great to see him getting back to his best so quickly. 

  6. Josh Brillante

    Rating: 7/10

    A rock in midfield for the Sky Blues, making more tackles than anyone else on the park. 

  7. Brandon O'Neill

    Rating: 8/10

    If Brillante was a rock, O'Neill was a mountain. Made more interceptions and passes than anyone else in the game. 

  8. Milos Ninkovic

    Rating: 9/10

    A simply superb performance from the Serbian, whose one assist doesn't do his involvement justice. 

  9. Alex Brosque

    Rating: 7/10

    Took his goal well and looked just as sharp as any of his teammates in the final third. 

  10. Paulo Retre

    Rating: 6/10

    Had some big shoes to fill down the right and never really caught the eye much across 90 minutes. 

  11. Adam le Fondre

    Rating: 8/10

    Showed a real striker's instinct to force home the first goal and never stopped making dangerous runs in the final third. Ended the night with five shots, three of which were on target. 

  12. Sydney FC substitutes

    Siem de Jong, Charles Lokoli Ngoy and Cameron Devlin were all introduced late to little effect. 
  13. Vedran Janjetovic

    Rating: 6.5/10

    A super first stop from Le Fondre before being beaten on the follow up. Arguably could have done better with Brosque's effort, but overall a thankless night out for the former Sydney FC man. 

  14. Tarek Elrich

    Rating: 6/10

    A solid performance from the left back, who made two interceptions across the 90 minutes. 

  15. Ruon Tongyik

    Rating: 6/10

    Looked good at times, but also looked out of his depth at other moments. Definitely has plenty of talent, but will struggle to retain his place once Patrick Ziegler is fully fit. 

  16. Brendan Hamill

    Rating: 7/10

    Couldn't do anything about either goal and his overall play was solid. 

  17. Josh Risdon

    Rating: 5/10

    Culpable for the second goal with an awful back pass straight to Ninkovic. Made amends somewhat with his attacking play as he created three chances.

  18. Keanu Baccus

    Rating: 7/10

    Getting better with every game. Completed the most passes for the Wanderers and had three successful take-ons. 

  19. Rashid Mahazi

    Rating: 7/10

    Looking surprisingly sharp since his return to the A-League. Arguably lacked a bit of creativity with his passing, preferring to keep things safe when in possession. 

  20. Alexander Baumjohann

    Rating: 8/10

    The Wanderers standout player. Created a game-high five chances and whipped in an impressive 15 crosses.

  21. Roly Bonevacia

    Rating: 7/10

    Missed a sitter in the first-half, but took his second chance well only to be denied a goal by VAR. Babbel's decision to deploy him on the wing is quickly paying off. 

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    Jaushua Sotirio

    Rating: 5/10

    A number of heavy first touches cost his side dearly in the final third. Pace alone isn't enough in the A-League. 

  23. Oriol Riera

    Rating: 6/10

    Another frustrating night out for the Spaniard, who got just one of his seven shots on target. A combination of poor service and poor positioning denying him the chance to really threaten. 

  24. Wanderers substitutes

    Jordan O'Doherty: 7/10 - Provided the Wanderers with a spark in the final third and hit the post late on. 

    Bruce Kamau: N/A

    Abraham Majok: N/A