Sydney FC demolished the Western Sydney Wanderers tonight in Homebush, putting an end to the Wanderers season before Christmas with a 5-0 thumping.
Andrew Mierzejewski began the destruction with his piledriving finishing in the 14th minute. David Carney beat Roly Bonevacia to a cutback, made his way to the byline & crossed into the middle. Vedran Janjetovic palmed the cross away, none of the Wanderers reacted while Mierzejewski fired a laserlike finish without taking a touch. Alvaro Cejudo had the chance to hit back in the 28th minute, the Spanish winger firing from outside the area, Andrew Redmayne the Sydney FC goalkeeper touched the ball onto the bar & out for a corner.
Alex Brosque fired a warning shot at the home side in the 35th minute, as he combined with Luke Wilkshire before firing wide. Brosque made no mistake 5 minutes later, Bobo pierced the Wanderers defensive line with a through ball, Brosque needed one touch to get round the hopelessly out of position Janjetovic to roll the ball home.
When Jack Clisby chipped down Mierzejewski on the edge of the box before half-time there would have been few people not expecting the free kick to find the back of the net. Mierzejewski stepped up with his left foot, curled the ball over the wall, leaving Janjetovic grasping and unable to turn the ball away.
The night went from bad to worse when striker Lachlan Scott found the back of the net at the wrong end. Sydney FC played a short corner, Mierzejewski popped up again to fire in a cross that Scott jumped in an attempt to clear, only to glance off the top of his head & find the far corner. Had Scott left the ball alone it was highly likely that Carney would have been pinged for offside, but alas it was 4-0.
It would have been 5 goals but for the VAR over-turning a goal earlier in the game for a handball but nonetheless the 5th eventually came in the 75th minute, Brandon O'Neil given the freedom of the Wanderers penalty area he curled his shot past Janjetovic. Sydney FC looked dangerous whenever they got hold of the ball in the Wanderers half, while the likes of Cejudo, Scott (when down the right end), and substitutes Jumpei & Santalab looked toothless.
It was a truly pathetic, gutless, inept, abysmal "performance". The players on the pitch don't deserve to wear the Red & Black as it stands, the club should strip them of that right, force them to wear the white kit of surrender until they turn in an effort worthy of the players who came before them. Whatever Gombau is doing isn't working, he needs to go back to the drawing board & figure out a way to put any kind of defensive mettle back in his squad. With the January transfer window coming up it might be time to let the likes of Jumpei, Clisby, Hamill, Melling & Cejudo they can find a new club and start playing the youth team. If we're going to get smashed we might as well give our promising youth talent a chance to shine.
Western Sydney face the rising Central Coast Mariners in Gosford next Saturday night.