The Wanderers 2019 FFA Cup has crashed to a halt at the feet of Melbourne City in Melbourne tonight.
Melbourne City were by far the stronger in the first half and their made their dominance count after half an hour. City played a long ball deep into the Wanderers defensive half, Tarek Elrich played a header back towards his own goal that Daniel Lopar scrambled to prevent going out for a corner. Despite indications that he hadn't done so, his clawing of the ball back ended right in front of Craig Noone who had an empty net tap in for 1-0. Despite the mistake Lopar had a decent night generally, making two very good saves to keep the score from a major blowout.
City controversially took a two goal lead into half-time as they broke down the right flank, Scott Galloway crossing into the 6 yard box for an obviously offside Jamie Maclaren, who finished with a back-heel at the near post.
The Wanderers looked better in the second half but had precious little chances on goal, Kwame Yeboah had one prior to the second city goal but fluffed his lines and Mo Adam launched over the bar in the 2nd half. City finished off the game as a contest 10 minutes from time with a counter-attack, Noone scoring his brace with a neat cut back curled shot into the top right corner.
At the end of the night the Wanderers were second best by far, despite the potential excuses of injuries & players out of position, the defence failed to build from the back, the midfield was over-run at times and there was little more than hit & hope crossing to our small forwards up front.
Western Sydney will now prepare for the opening game of the A-League season against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday October 12 at the newly opened Western Sydney Stadium.