Kogarah Sydney derby rescheduled for February 28 as Sydney FC face fixture congestion

Kogarah home: Sydney FC have rescheduled their Sydney Derby clash with the Wanderers for February 28. Picture: John Veage
Kogarah home: Sydney FC have rescheduled their Sydney Derby clash with the Wanderers for February 28. Picture: John Veage

The first Sydney Derby to be played at Kogarah has been rescheduled for February 28.

The Friday night fixture, to kick-off at 8pm, will be the first clash between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers to be played at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

One of the A-League's showpiece clashes, the match was postponed last week due to an unplayable pitch after the St George district experienced torrential rain and extreme weather conditions.

The rescheduled clash has seen Sydney FC's home game against Wellington, also to be played at Kogarah, pushed back to Wednesday, March 18.

The Sky Blues face a busy period of fixture congestion with eight games in just over a month, starting with their trip to Japan to face Yokohama F. Marinos in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday night.

But head coach Steve Corica said it was a schedule his squad could cope with.

"The boys will tell you they love playing games. That's what football is all about and there's no better way to train than to be playing games at a high level and high intensity," Corica said.

"It will all be about how the players prepare and recover and we have a first-class high-performance unit who will do everything they can to ensure our boys will recover, as well as a very professional squad of players.

"There's no hiding the fact it will take a big effort from everyone but that's what we are about at this club and it's a challenge we are looking forward to.

"We've had a good break and enjoyed a bit of a rest in recent weeks so we are ready to go again and it's always good to get into a rhythm of playing games."

Sydney FC chief executive Danny Townsend said the right outcome had been achieved.

"We made the right decision to postpone the match on Saturday due to the conditions and I think we've achieved the best outcome possible under the circumstances to give as many people as possible a chance to attend," Townsend said.

"I'd like to thank Fox Sports, Football Federation Australia, Wellington Phoenix, Western Sydney Wanderers, Cronulla Sharks and Georges River Council for their help and support in allowing this game to take place.

"Now it's our job to ensure it remains the showpiece for the Hyundai A-League and put on a fantastic evening of entertainment."

Derby tickets are already on sale and those purchased for the original match will still be valid for the re-arranged fixture, while the club said full refunds would be given to those who are unable to make the new date.

Fans who bought tickets for the Wellington Phoenix game are advised that they will be valid for the new fixture as well.

Sydney FC are scheduled to play another seven games at Kogarah this season.

After the Sydney Derby, the Sky Blues host Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in a home ACL Champions League group match on March 4 and back to back A-League matches against Perth Glory and the Phoenix on February 14 and 18.

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