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Sotirio Secures 1st WSW Win In 2019

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A comfortable 2-0 win with goals from Tarek Elrich and Jaushua Sotirio for the Western Sydney Wanderers has condemned the Central Coast Mariners to a nearly inevitable wooden spoon, and seen the Wanderers head back up the A-League ladder after their clash at Homebush tonight.

Oriol Riera 15 minutes in had a free header inside the penalty area that he nodded down strongly, Mariners keeper Ben Kennedy going down smartly to save on his left. That header became the best chance of the half for either team until the opening goal. There was precious little goal mouth action, neither side showing any major amount of intensity, class on the ball was non-existent, the Mariners couldn't convert their corners and the Wanderers attackers weren't putting in good runs.

Despite the lack of quality & intensity, the Wanderers broke the deadlock as stoppage time began. Tarek Elrich took a throw in 35 yards from goal on the left sideline, was given the ball back by Kamau then took a touch before launching a speculative cross deep into the 6 yard box, neither Riera or Sotirio could get on the end of the ball, both Mariners central defenders were taken out of the play by the attacking runs, and Ben Kennedy could only watch as the ball bounced off the far post and nestled into the back of the net.

The teams trotted off for half-time seemingly nonplussed by the scoreline, the home fans mild cheers reverberated softly around the ground. If ever a dismal game deserved a dismal goal, this was it.

Matthew Millar had a good chance in the 55th minute, a failure to clear the ball by Vedran Janjetovic results in Connor Pain getting the ball in the penalty area, he chipped the ball over the top for Millar, but his jumping strike bounced off the turf and was palmed away by Janjetovic.

The Wanderers took a death grip on the game after the second drinks break in the 75th minute, the play resumed and Western Sydney were on the attack, Roly Bonevacia striding down the left flank, cutting in toward the middle then piercing the Mariners defensive line with a perfect through ball. Jaushua Sotirio, the clear man of the match for the evening cemented his good game by bursting onto the ball and passing it around the onrushing Kennedy into the side netting for a 2-0 lead.

That second goal broke the spirt of the Mariners, the game petered to it's conclusion, and the main talking point for the Wanderers will be a groin injury suffered early on by Kwame Yeboah. The Mariners were awful as per usual this season, and the home side will need to lift their quality if they are going to win more games before the season is over. Western Sydney head to Adelaide for their match on Saturday night.


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Will take that. Any win is a good one.

Thought Duke was very good with and without the ball when he came on. Time for him to start...

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12 minutes ago, Cynth said:

Well we can beat last place.

Love Mitchell Duke’s enthusiasm and is it me or did Riera actually try today? 

Yes. Riera played with intent today.

Lucky the mariners didn't attack us down the left with Elrich gasses at 60 minutes

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Matthew Millar. What a dog

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What happened with Yeboah? Was making dinner and missed how he got injured 

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8 minutes ago, Upthehill said:

What happened with Yeboah? Was making dinner and missed how he got injured 

Did his groin.

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A hard game to Watch and the biggest positive is we didn’t shoot oursleves in for foot. 

Roly I thought continued his good form he’s actually looking like he might be worth holding onto if he plays like this 

No one else really stood out kamau was totally ineffective most of the game 

I can’t believe but I actually think I’d take sotorio over him at this stage 

duke not as good today but boy he runs his arse off reminds me of tevez the effort he puts in! 

A win against mariners is nothing 

I want to see what u do in Adelaide next week babbel and co

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why does reira exist?

i think he did try...........which makes his pathetic performance even sadder

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1 minute ago, GunnerWanderer said:

A hard game to Watch and the biggest positive is we didn’t shoot oursleves in for foot. 

Roly I thought continued his good form he’s actually looking like he might be worth holding onto if he plays like this 

No one else really stood out kamau was totally ineffective most of the game 

I can’t believe but I actually think I’d take sotorio over him at this stage 

duke not as good today but boy he runs his arse off reminds me of tevez the effort he puts in! 

A win against mariners is nothing 

I want to see what u do in Adelaide next week babbel and co

Tass had a superb game.

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Ya. We won against the bottom team. 🤔

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3 minutes ago, GunnerWanderer said:

I stand corrected he did look good. 

I guess I should have paid more attention to the clean sheet!

A real centre back.

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4 minutes ago, dcrow said:

A real centre back.

How about Ziggy and Tass against Perth after Hamill picks up his 5th yellow card against Adelaide 

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Talking more about our makeshift centre back

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1 hour ago, Cynth said:

Well we can beat last place.

Love Mitchell Duke’s enthusiasm and is it me or did Riera actually try today? 

To be fair, I think Riera always tries. Sure, he’s a shattered husk of a man who seems to have all confidence ripped from his soul and everything he tries ends up having the touch of a donkey, but at least he’s been closer to the Dino end of the scale than the Piovaccari end.

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We won on the pitch, but lost the battle of the terraces.

1st time I can recall saying that at a WSW home game  

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1 hour ago, Paul01 said:

Tass had a superb game.

I've been telling you peeps for 18 - 24 months, Koutas is a monster & will only keep improving. Surely he's locked down a starting CB role for us, at least until Aussie Pat is back. 

Aspro was the 2nd best CB on the park tonight. He gave Riera a hard time & won nearly every aerial challenge they contested 

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5 minutes ago, Taurus said:

We won on the pitch, but lost the battle of the terraces.

1st time I can recall saying that at a WSW home game  

There was a battle on the terraces? Any casualties? banning orders?

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Sotirio’s best game for us. He seems to get himself into one on one’s with the keeper fairly regularly but he put it away this time. If he can keep that composure he’ll start to score some goals.

Vedran’s skating on thin ice by taking the piss. Anything other than being contrite and apologetic after what he’s done is just going to get the fans to turn on him.

Duke was good when he came on. Won everything in the air from long balls and goal kicks, which makes Riera’s spot even more tenuous.

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if we had Riera of last season he would have had a hattrick from Sotirio crosses alone. 

Good to see some of our most original wanderers get on the score sheet this afternoon.

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20 minutes ago, MartinTyler said:

There was a battle on the terraces? Any casualties? banning orders?

A battle of the voices

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5 minutes ago, Taurus said:

A battle of the voices

ugh voices. can't believe how many people don't know the basic rules and **** me dead how can it be sotirio's fault that hammil got a yellow card?

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6 minutes ago, Taurus said:

A battle of the voices

The only fun was when we spotted Gallop standing and watching from one of the entry tunnels. The few of us in Active promptly moved to within two meters of him and gave him some advice. Acting unnerved he copped it for five minutes before walking away. 

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What was with all the fun police. There was a heap off them.

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30 minutes ago, DamnedUnited said:

The only fun was when we spotted Gallop standing and watching from one of the entry tunnels. The few of us in Active promptly moved to within two meters of him and gave him some advice. Acting unnerved he copped it for five minutes before walking away. 

No wonder Shaun Evans hardly gave us legitimate fo fouls.

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