The Western Sydney Wanderers failed yet again in the FFA Cup, losing with a disgraceful performance in a 4-1 scoreline against Melbourne City.
The opening goal came for the home side from an unusual, but spectacular source. Debutant central defender Michael Jakobsen made his way into the penalty area on a free kick. After some defensive chaos in the box the ball looped in the air and Jakobson scored with an outrageous overhead kick.
The Wanderers were completely outplayed in the first 20 minutes, Dimas Delgado could easily have cost his side a second. On the ball having dropped back into the central defensive line, he slipped and gave the ball away to Bruno Fornaroli, but the goal was called back for a fould on Dimas.
Jumpei Kusukami had the first real shot in anger for the visitors, after City failed to quickly mark up from a corner, he took a blistering shot from beyond the penalty area that Sorensen palmed away at the near post. The Wanderers should have been given a penalty when Scott Neville was barged over in the penalty box but the referee waved it away.
City took a two goal advantage on the half-hour, Nikolai Topor-Stanley couldn't keep the ball away from Luke Brattan, who quickly fired the ball into the box, that none of the defence could manage to stop. Tim Cahill sent a cut-back for a tap-in from a meter out that Fornaroli couldn't miss.
Topor-Stanley capped off the worst individual performance for the Wanderers in their short history by managing to get himself sent off before half-time after being destroyed for pace by Fornaroli, he shoved over the attacker, not making any attempt to play the ball at all, and was rightly sent off. Tim Cahill converted the penalty.
It was 4-0 after an hour. The Wanderers defence fell asleep, leaving players unmarked in the box, City whipped in a cross, Fornaroli managed to hit Redmayne with his header, only for it to bounce off the post to the feet of Fernando Brandan who slotted it into the open net.
Dimas & Shannon Cole combined to pull a goal back for a 4-1 scoreline. Cole put in a great cross to an unmarked Dimas at the back post, and the defensive midfielder made no mistake with the header. Thankfully the rest of the game passed without much incident.
The Wanderers were never in the game from the opening whistle and Topor-Stanley's decision to get himself sent off handed Melbourne City the game and must be punished by team management. Apart from Nichols & Bulut the rest of the side were either invisible or costing the side goals, and changes must be rung if the side is to have any hope of winning the first round Derby against Sydney FC.
Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Wednesday 21 September 2016 - 7:30PM
Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:30PM EST
Round: Quarter Final
Competition: FFA Cup
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Stadium: AAMI ParkClick here to view the record
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.
Edgeworth Eagles vs Western Sydney Wanderers
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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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.