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    1.0 At APIA


    mack

    The Western Sydney Wanderers completed their pre-pre-season preparation with another solid but not exceptional 1-0 win, this time against APIA at Leichardt Oval tonight.

     

    An in-swinging corner was headed in by Topor-Stanley in the 3rd minute and it proved to be the only goal of the game. The first half squad consisted of Covic, Cole, Topor (who took the captaincy armband), La Rocca, Pasalic (on trial), Lo, Trifiro, Appiah & Kuzmanovski (on trial).

     

    Young prospect Marty Lo was given ample time to impress, and put in a solid power of work in both a defensive & attacking midfield role. As the Wanderers did not list as being on trial, this perhaps indicates that he has signed a contract with either the youth league team or as a youth first team player. Having impressed on the flanks, Steve Kuzmanovski was deployed as a striker this time around and put in a solid shift as a lone target man.

     

    The Wanderers dominated the match, with their opponents making little headway. The defensive partnership of Topor-Stanley & La Rocca looks like the go-to combination for the Wanderers upcoming FFA Cup & Asian Champions League clashes.

     

    The second half saw the introductions of Hamil, Aspor (trial) Fofanah, Bouzanis, Poljak, Saba & Golec. Saba once again impressed with his ability to dribbled through multiple defenders, while Golec took a knock late on but pulled through to the end of the match.

     

    Despite there being more planes passing overhead than goals, the work-out would likely have pleased manager Tony Popovic, another clean-sheet despite the squad rotation with new playmaker Saba coming along nicely.

     

    The Wanderers next match is the first ever FFA Cup match contested by the club, as they fly to Adelaide to take on South Australian NPL club Adelaide City at the Marsden Sports Complex on Tuesday the 12th of August with an EST kick-off time of 8pm.

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    So who was it, Top or Stanley?

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    So who was it, Top or Stanley?

    I believe it was Top of Stanley

     

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    interesting.. we scored from a corner.

    Didn't you watch the GF? We're ecperts at those now!

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    interesting.. we scored from a corner.

    Didn't you watch the GF? We're ecperts at those now!

     

    thought that was a fluke :)

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    RBB were fantastic tonight.

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    How was the Beard? Any samba tricks??

    he needs service as well. He seems to be able to find space.

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    Never thought much of Trifiro, but I think hes played really well these few trial matches.

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    Bridge MIA 2 weeks in a row now. Is he injured?

    His beard is intimidated by Saba's beard, so he's gone into hiding.

     

    Or something.

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    First time seeing Saba play and I was really impressed with his touch. Plenty of elegance for our league.

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    La Banda went off tonight, I love the creative different drum beats with the chants.

     

    Was happy that the 'Heaven' chant got a run tonight, though it needs more Sholololo... Not shalala.

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    La Banda went off tonight, I love the creative different drum beats with the chants.

     

     

    Haha that was all improvisation :D

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    Bridge MIA 2 weeks in a row now. Is he injured?

     

    Cortisone injection in an ankle I believe, last week.

     

    He had his kit with him tonight but wasn't risked.

    Romeo, Romeo where art thou Romeo?

     

    Romeo was there, lurking in the shadows.

    I'm 99.999% certain he's not in the ACL squad so won't be rushed.

     

     

    Before you ask Santa has an eye injury.

    I'll try & speak to him tomorrow.

     

    Gol Gol is back running & his knee is coming along as well as can be expected. 

    He hasn't tested it with sideways movement or kicking a ball etc. as yet.

    He's unlikely to play for at least another 3 months.

     

    Spira operation was necessary clean up rather than structural & he was there but walking with the aid of metal crutches (3/4 normal size) if you know what I mean.

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    Award for chillest security guards in the world ever goes to: Leichhardt oval. 

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    The KD Lang imitation didn't even get up off her seat more than a couple times.

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    They seemed to employ different tactics of crowd control though , including hiring a mum who looked disapprovingly at everything we did and a dad who looked miserable under his beanie a real "dont make me get out of my chair" type of attitude.

     

    saba looks fantastic.

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    In the end, one of the security guys (or whatever he was) decided that after listening to the RBB for a whole match he needed to take a photo of everyone. That noise aint happening at a Tigers match, buddy.

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    The chief of security at Wanderland (wearing a beanie) was amongst the security detail working at the venue.

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