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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne City 3/4/2015 7:40PM

Mar 31 2015 11:12 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne City


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Friday 3 April 2015 - 7:40PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:40PM EDT


Round: 24


Competition: A-League Regular Season


Location: Parramatta, New South Wales


Stadium: Parramatta Stadium


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Wanderers Throw Away Three Points

Mar 28 2015 10:33 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

Perth Glory have come from behind in a storming 4 goal second half to defeat the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in Perth tonight.

It was the same old tale for Western Sydney this season, throwing away golden chances with defensive lapses gifting their opposition goals, marking the 6th time this season the Wanderers have scored first but still lost the match.

Romeo Castelen opened the scoring in the 13th minute, getting onto the end of a lofted through ball from Iacopo La Rocca and slotting it past Danny Vukovic.

Glory got back into the game after the break, Dino Djulbic crossing on his right foot into the box Yusuke Tanaka's attempted clearance bounced off his head and back towards the goal. Five of the Wanderers defence stood stock still or ran off to halfway, leaving Aspropotamitis one on one against Richard Garcia, Garcia getting the better of the young central defender and his nod back across goal saw the unmarked Sidnei with an opportunity he couldn't and didn't miss.

Perth took the lead 67 minutes in through Rostyn Griffiths, a simple in-swinging corner that Ante Covic flew out of his goal to try and punch, only to be beaten by Griffiths with La Rocca unable to do anything to prevent Griffiths heading home.

Wanderers talisman Kerem Bulut hit back immediately, Perth tarrying on the ball deep in their own half. Chris Harold was forced into a loose pass that went straight to La Rocca, he found Bulut in acres of space, his calm sidefoot finish left Vukovic with no chance.

Josh Risdon won the game for the Glory with 2 minutes of regulation to go. He powered through the midfield, beating Steve Kuzmanovski for pace, with neither Jason Trifiro or La Rocca electing to close him down the winger blasted a rocket into the top corner of the goal that not even a full length dive by Covic could keep out.

The Wanderers next match is against Melbourne City on Friday the 3rd of April at Parramatta Stadium.

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Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers 28/3/2015 6:30PM

Mar 27 2015 12:54 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Saturday 28 March 2015 - 6:30PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 9:30PM EDT


Round: 23


Competition: A-League Regular Season


Location: Perth, Western Australia


Stadium: Nib Stadium


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Bulut Trains Sights On Brisbane

Mar 25 2015 08:53 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

A Kerem Bulut brace has inspired the Wanderers to a 4-1 demolition of the Brisbane Roar tonight.

With both sides struggling to assemble a full strength squad, there were numerous changes and unusual deployments, in particular ostensible midfielder Luke Brattan being deployed as a central defender. Western Sydney took full advantage of Brattan's inexperience in the heart of defence with their first goal after 20 minutes. Romeo Castelen released Labinot Haliti on the left wing, with Brattan unable to decide if he should track the ball carrier or the inside runner, Haliti slid the ball through to Nikita Rukavytsya, his first time shot from a long way out beat the Roar keeper with speed and deadly accuracy.

5 minutes before the break the Roar struck back from a set piece. Brattan delivered a corner to the 6 yard box. Ante Covic stayed on his goal-line when he could have taken the ball easily, Aspropotamitis was marking Adam Sarota and won front position only to have the ball rebound off his leg and past Covic for the equaliser.

In the last minutes of the half Haliti was once again the architect of a goal. One the counter Haliti provided a brilliant cross field pass that found Castelen, who completely bamboozled Steven Lustica, the cutback to Bulut gave the striker a tap-in for a 2-1 lead that Western Sydney held at the break.

On the hour mark the visitors had control of the game and looked certain to take home all three points, Takahagi drew several defenders inside then played a reverse pass that found the intelligent run of Castelen. Crossing the ball along the face of the goal might have been the more usual option but Castelen elected to blast a strike high at the near post, Young getting a touch but not enough to keep out the shot.

Bulut secured his brace and the match for the Red & Black with a clinical finish in the dying embers of the game, La Rocca fired a through ball that split the Roar defence in half, Bulut had enough pace to beat the cover defence and he finished smartly at the near post.

Their 3rd win of the season lifts the Asian Champions off the bottom of the A-League ladder, and should give them confidence for their final fixtures of the season.

The Wanderers next match is against Perth Glory on Saturday the 28th of March in Perth.

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Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers 25/3/2015 7:00PM

Mar 23 2015 12:54 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Wednesday 25 March 2015 - 7:00PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 8:00PM EDT


Round: 11


Competition: A-League Regular Season


Location: Brisbane, Queensland


Stadium: Suncorp Stadium


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