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.