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Red & Black Glide Past Edgeworth

Aug 30 2016 10:00 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

A 5-1 demolition of Northern NSW Premier League side Edgeworth has sent the Western Sydney Wanderers into the FFA Cup Quarter Finals, with a brace each for Scott Neville & Brendon Santalb, along with a goal to Brendan Hamill.

Western Sydney travelled up to Newcastle for the main televised fixture in this round of the FFA Cup, and they took the lead through a surprising source. Scott Neville climbed high in the pack from a Dimas corner to open the scoring. Fellow fullback Brendan Hamill turned what had been a rough start for him by doubling the Wanderers advantage just before half-time.

Neville snagged a brace 3 minutes into the second half albeit with the assistance of the Edgworth keeper. Neville burst into the box down the right side, firing in a shot that could just as easily have been a cross. The keeper was seemingly caught by surprise, letting the ball roll past his hands into the far corner. Edgeworth received a handout from debutant Bruno Pintares, as his awful backpass was latched onto by an Edgworth forward that blasted a shot past Andrew Redmayne.

For a short time it looked like Edgeworth might just pull back more than the single goal but it was not to be, as their long balls and switch to 3-4-3 formation failed to bring them a second goal. Instead it was the Wanderers who extended their lead and killed the game off through substitute Santalab. His first was a leap & header of real quality from a delightful ball from Bruno Pinatares, the second after Mitch Nichols & Steven Lustica worked together before laying off to Santalab who easily bamboolzed the sole defender before his neat finish gave the Wanderers a 5-1 scoreline.

New signings Bruno Pinatares & Jumpei Kusukami both showed they will provide quality in the starting eleven, Mitch Nichols evaded a game long man marker to help put the game to bed and control the game from midfield, and Santalab was once again a bright spark off the bench.

The Quarter Final Draw resulted in the Wanderers being drawn away to Melbourne City, Sydney FC against Blacktown, Melbourne Victory against Bentleigh Greens, and Canberra Olympic against Green Gully.

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Edgeworth Eagles vs Western Sydney Wanderers 30/8/2016 8:00PM

Aug 26 2016 08:56 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Edgeworth Eagles vs Western Sydney Wanderers

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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 30 August 2016 - 8:00PM

Sydney Kick-Off Time: 8:00PM EST

Round: Round of 16

Competition: FFA Cup

Location: Broadmeadow, Newcastle

Stadium: Magic Park

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Great Scott!

Aug 02 2016 09:52 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

Lachlan Scott marked his debut with a brace and Mitch Nichols scored a 25 yard thunderbolt to defeat Wellington 3-2 in Campbelltown tonight.

On an awful night in front of 3,212 fans Wellington took best to the wintry, rain soaked conditions early on. Perhaps spurred by the trio of away supporters with the weather feeling just like home, Wellington came storming out of the blocks as they benefited from their heavier pre-season schedule. After only 9 minutes the Phoenix took the lead in fortunate circumstances, Hamish Watson getting lucky as his mis-hit shot looped off his standing foot and over the stranded Andrew Redmayne. Kosta Barbarouses began his pro career in Wellington, his second stint began with a goal on debut. He combined with Matthew Ridenton to latch onto a ball behind the Wanderers defence, before beating Neville then chipping over Redmayne.

The Wanderers were back in the contest 5 minutes from the break, as young gun Lachlan Scott, handed a Wanderers first team debut after excelling at NPL 2 level, scored a real poachers effort after Steven Lustica had knocked the ball across the 6 yard box. Lustica was making his debut for Western Sydney, and was immense in the first half after being deployed in an unfamiliar left wing role he created havoc and was unlucky to not score a goal himself before he exited the contest in the second half.

Once the second half began the momentum was all Wanderers, and it didn't take long for them to draw level. Scott popped up once again in the 47th minute. Wellington couldn't clear their lines from a Scott Neville cross, the ball fell for Lustica, who tapped a very short pass to Nichols, the attacking midfielders first touch setup a simple tap-in for the young striker who couldn't miss from 6 yards.

There was only going to be one winner after the Wanderers equalised, and it was the imperious Mitch Nichols who put his side in front. Running at the defence, Nichols turned to goal, took two touches before unleashing a trademark screamer from 25 yards out, it gave the keeper no chance at all. Wellington looked dead and buried and despite showing the fight typical of any Ernie Merrick side, they created few chances as the Wanderers strangled the tempo of the match.

Western Sydney will go into the pots for the Round of 16, along with sides such as Brisbane Strikers, Melbourne City, but not the Central Coast Mariners, who conceded a 40 yard wondergoal in stoppage time to lose 2-1 to Green Gully. Several big name teams will be in action tomorrow night and against on the 10th of August.

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix 2/8/2016 8:00PM

Jul 30 2016 12:05 AM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix

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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 2 August 2016 - 8:00PM

Sydney Kick-Off Time: 8:00PM EST

Round: Round of 32

Competition: FFA Cup

Location: Leumeah, New South Wales

Stadium: Campbelltown Stadium

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Sydney Derby To Open Season 2016/17

Jun 09 2016 11:45 AM | mack in A-League Articles

The new A-League season will open for the Wanderers with the Sydney Derby on Saturday the 8th of October at ANZ Stadium.

The competition proper kicks off with Brisbane vs Melbourne Victory on Friday the 7th of October, with Wellington vs Melbourne City preceding the Derby on Saturday, and Perth vs Central Coast on after. Newcastle vs Adelaide ends the round.

Western Sydney will face their grand final opponents, Adelaide United, in the first away match of the campaign, on Friday the 14th in Adelaide. The first A-League match for the Wanderers at the Sydney Olympic Showground will be in round 3 against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday the 23rd. An interesting quirk of the draw and the Wellington home fixtures means that both games against Wellington (Rounds 11 & 18) will be played in Auckland & New Plymouth respectively.

New Years Day will see the Wanderers play Perth at ANZ Stadium while a "community" round match will take place against Newcastle at Campbelltown stadium on the 22nd of January. The season ends with an away game against Adelaide United on the 15th of April, with the finals to take place between the 21st of April & Sunday the 7th of May for the Grand Final.

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