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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Urawa Red Diamonds 21/02/2017 7:00PM

Feb 20 2017 12:55 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Urawa Red Diamonds


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 21 February 2017 - 7:00PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:00PM EDT


Round: Group Stage


Competition: Asian Champions League


Location: Leumeah, New South Wales


Stadium: Campbelltown Stadium


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Santalab Slays "Invincibles"

Feb 18 2017 08:53 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

A herculean effort from the entire Western Sydney Wanderers team has finally broken the three year Sydney derby drought, claiming Sydney FC's "invincible" tag along with it.

Both sides traded blows in the early stages. After just 4 minutes Jaushua Sotirio was put through on goal by Mitch Nichols, the winger took too many wide touches, giving him a bad angle for his resultant shot. His Sydney FC counter-part Alex Brosque produced a stinging shot that brought out a great save from Vedran Janjetovic. Bobo followed up by blazing over the bar.

25 minutes into the contest the deadlock was broken by Wanderers legend Santalab. Nichols picked up the scraps from a over hit corner, lobbing the ball into the box for Santalab. The gun striker froze the sliding Bobo with a neat pause & turn, before firing through the legs of Danny Vukovic.

As the Wanderers fans were preparing for the customary Poznan, Sotiro had a shot deflect off a defender, Vukovic make a miracle save, knocked the ball onto the post and it just beat the outstretched feet of Nichols. Sydney FC had not lost an A-League match all season and they came on and on in search of an equaliser. In the 82nd minute Bobo ran into a defensive Red & Black wall with Vedran Janjetovic as the last line of defense. The striker took a ball down off his chest, fired at goal only for Janjetovic to get down low and block the ball at his left, with the rebound inching towards goal, the keeper made sure and palmed the ball clear. The save drew comparisons to Ante Covic's miracle save in the Asian Champions League final.

There was some last minute drama with Alex Brosque claiming a penalty, thankfully the refere didn't add to the litany of mistakes going in Sydney FC's favour. My only complaint is that Brosque wasn't punished for yet another example of shameless dissent.

Joyfully after the seemingly endless 6 minute stoppage time period, the referee drew a close to a thunderous Sydney Derby, one that will live forever as one of the best matches in the annals of this fixture.

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC 18/02/2017 7:50PM

Feb 15 2017 04:38 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Saturday 18 February 2017 - 7:50PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:50PM EDT


Round: 20


Competition: A-League Regular Season


Location: Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney


Stadium: Sydney Olympic Stadium


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Grand Final Bound Wanderers Lose To Mariners

Feb 12 2017 06:06 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

The Western Sydney Wanderers capitulated to a pathetic 2-0 home loss against the lowly Central Coast Mariners this afternoon at Spotless Stadium.

After Tony Popovic's striker-less lineup spent 45 minute fumbling with the ball in midfield then the Mariners pounced in the second half with 2 goals to Roy O'Donovan. The Wanderers look devoid of shape and structure in the first half, with numerous occasions holding the ball in midfield 4 or 5 players crammed into the wing, leaving no-one in the middle to attack balls into the box or to make runs off the shoulder of the last defender. Mitch Nichols did little more than get his GPS tracking meters up, as his darting forward, sideways, backwards resulted in confusing the rest of the attackers and leaving them with no forward target.

If the first half was poor, the second was calamitous. Jonathan Aspro, who has been one of the more solid performers for the Wanderers this season gifted his opponents a chance from the penalty spot. As the Mariners lined up a corner kick, Aspro wrapped up Liam Rose in a bear hug and a mere 1 second after the corner was taken Kris Griffiths-Jones was pointing to the spot. O'Donovan blasted the penalty pasted Vedran Janjetovic to open the scoring in the 65th minute.

Brendon Santlab was finally bought on and he could not be the miracle man once again this season. He had two clear chances to put the Wanderers on the board, with one he put a diving header straight at Paul Izzo, and a second volleyed effort he put wide.

O'Donovan then sealed the points. The Mariners launched a somewhat aimless ball over the top of the Wanderers defence, and O'Donovan ran onto the ball and took advantage of horrendous positioning from Vedran Janjetovic to chip the ex-Sydney FC keeper into an open goal.

The Sydney Derby looms large next week, if the Wanderers lose then Popovic needs to resign or be sacked by the board. Enough is enough. Sentimentality does not win new trophies.

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners 12/02/2017 5:00PM

Feb 08 2017 10:23 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Sunday 12 February 2017 - 5:00PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 5:00PM EDT


Round: 19


Competition: A-League Regular Season


Location: Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney


Stadium: Sydney Showground


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