Jump to content
  • Sign in to follow this  

    Clodhopping Wanderers Sink To 7th


    mack

    Brisbane Roar have overtaken the Wanderers for the last spot in the A-League Final series after the Wanderers failed to defeat Melbourne Victory after the Roar overturned the Mariners earlier in the night.

    A crazy first half saw a player from both sides sent off late after the intervention of the VAR, in the second Melbourne Victory cruised to an eventual 3-1 win.

    After their insipid display last week against Melbourne City, Josep Gombau's men acted like they wanted to be on the pitch for once. After their failure to get a shot on target last week, that ignoble stat was beaten inside 45 seconds with a long range shot by Chris Ikonomidis. Kosta Barbarouses forced a great save out of Vedran Janjetovic in the 20th minute, the keeper flying to his left to turn the fierce shot over the bar. 

    It looked for all money that Ikonomidis would have put the visiting side one up in the 28th minute, he took a short pass from Alvaro Cejudo, weaved his way through the Victory defence and was denied when his through the legs shot caught the legs of Lawrence Thomas before it was cleared out of danger.

    Unfortunately, minutes later Victory were in front against the run of play. Chris Evans awarded a free kick against Keanu Baccus for a push in the back on James Troisi. Leroy George stood over the ball and hammered a shot into the wall, it deflected off the head of Brendan Hamill and it left Janjetovic for dead as he was going the other way.

    The bizarre stoppage time period began with a delightful goal from Alvaro Cejudo who finally looked like the marquee he is being paid to be. Riera knocked the ball down for Ikonomidis, and his touch found Lustica, after a lucky pinball rebound off Thomas Deng, Lustica passed over to Cejudo who lobbed over the onrushing Thomas, with just enough power & direction to keep it under the bar and away from the last ditch attempted karate clearance from Deng. It was a cultured finish, and one that will have Wanderers fans thinking where was that all this season?

    Deep into stoppage time the Wanderers gave a corner, as Michael Thwaite completely misplayed a simply backpass from the midfield. Having earlier been carded after he stuck out a leg to cancel a Victory counter-attack, Thwaite was marched down the tunnel by Chris Evans after he rugby tackled Rhys Williams to the ground and was given a second yellow. He would feel hard done by as replays showed Oriol Riera being hacked from behind to start the counter-attack that Thwaite ended up stopping at the cost of the first card. Regardless of another example of poor officiating the experienced central defender should have known better and left Williams flailing on his own. There was yet more drama as the VAR took 5 long minutes reviewing the play, no-one in the stands, or watching at home on television had any idea of what was going on.

    With the lack of information given by the officials when VAR reviews take place, it was assumed they were going over the Thwaite foul. Instead, they were examining an incident as the players lined up on the edge of the penalty area. Kosta Barbarouses was shown a red card of his own for a stomp on Keanu Baccus. Berisha eventually stepped up in the 51st minute to send Janjetovic the wrong way. Both the red card and the goal were historically the latest such events in the first half of an Australian top flight football game.

    Western Sydney might have started the first half well, but with both teams a man down it was Victory in the lead who took control of the game. George & Terry Antonis combined to put the ex-Wanderers midfielder on the by-line at the edge of the penalty area. Josh Risdon jogged over to confront him, but stood off and watch Antonis stopped to being the ball back on his right foot and measured a cross that flew over the penalty area, finding fullback Deng who ran on and blasted a volley that flew into the top corner, a rocket that will go well in the goal of the year awards.

    From that point on the Wanderers were at supreme risk of conceding on the counter, while doing little to threaten the scoreline. It was only the offside flag & and the far post that kept the scoreline at 3-1. Leroy George weaved another piece of magic after Kearyn Baccus lost the ball, George ran into the paddock he left Hamill for dead with a cut inside and his curling shot struck the post with a clang.

    With just two games left in the regular season, next weeks clash between Western Sydney and Brisbane Roar on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in Homebush looks set to determine the 6th place finisher. Picking a winner there looks tough, but the Wanderers will take some heart at their level of effort if not their technical application from tonight.

    Sign in to follow this  


    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments



    4 hours ago, HAPPY said:

    Hi All Happy here again :) 

    EmMac (stupid name) I am proud of being Happy

    WSWboro (another stupid name) in contrast I have been very successful in building a Multi Million dollar business by being Happy and having Happy people around me.

    I am a dyed in the wool Westie born and bred here and never left,  played soccer in the west,  supported Marconi in their hey day and hurt badly every time The wanderers lose but I don't get on this forum and bemoan the world around us I turn to next week or next year and move on with being happy.

    In my view there are few bemoaners here that need to take a good long look at themselves and get behind the great club and stop being fair weather sailors.

    Bye for now from Happy :)

         

    Love ya work Micki!     :P 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    2 hours ago, JackDoff said:

    Love ya work Micki!     :P 

    Lol - we'd all love Micki to reappear in some alternative guise - wouldn't we? :xnod:

     

    :D:D

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    11 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    Exactly, I don’t necessarily agree with everyone on here, but I wouldn’t question their support (other than the smurf wind up guy)  

    Hey, that's not fair! I love this grand old club that's been going for what, nearly 5 years now? We have history!11!!

    I am kind of upset that Gumby has decided to recruit players from Adelaide Utd instead of ESFC. Why does he need to complicate what was a good system?

    But hey, Popa is waiting in the wings and will make a triumphant return. He will sign lots of good players too, like Marc Warren, some of them Mariners, a few Nux players, and he will offer Thwaitey a 5 year contract. It's great to have a fullback who smiles a lot. Really important. Oh, and Spider will be back as well to run the tipping comp.

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Decent analysis from zelic on the A-League hour tonight on the Deng goal 

    when antonis gets the ball deng is on the half way line he runs 30 metres and we didn’t get anyone near him 

    **** popa you stupid **** 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    That Deng Goal. He will never hit a ball sweeter than that for the rest of his career. Many things to look forward to against Brisbane, the big one is if our finals chances. However if we do lose remember we only have to suffer for one more game and one more season before were back in Parra so really win win

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    48 minutes ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

    That Deng Goal. He will never hit a ball sweeter than that for the rest of his career. Many things to look forward to against Brisbane, the big one is if our finals chances. However if we do lose remember we only have to suffer for one more game and one more season before were back in Parra so really win win

    658.gif

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    If we lose against Brisbane on Saturday, expect 2,000 at the last game of the season

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    1 hour ago, Erebus said:

    If we lose against Brisbane on Saturday, expect 2,000 at the last game of the season

    The doggedly faithful.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    11 hours ago, Erebus said:

    If we lose against Brisbane on Saturday, expect 2,000 at the last game of the season

    Yeah. Even the Jets have had more people at their games this season. City will go past us in the next two rounds.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    23 hours ago, Erebus said:

    If we lose against Brisbane on Saturday, expect 2,000 at the last game of the season

    Winning doesn’t matter it’s all about pocession and philosophy

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    They get philosophise in an empty stadium.

    Did it really happen?

     

    :blink:

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Just scrolled past this thread..and had a chuckle at the use of "Clodhopping" in the match report.

    This is no doubt the best thread title ever!

    But, much as I enjoyed the use of the word, I hope we don't ever have cause to use it again in the future. :xnod:

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    9 hours ago, wendybr said:

    Just scrolled past this thread..and had a chuckle at the use of "Clodhopping" in the match report.

    This is no doubt the best thread title ever!

    But, much as I enjoyed the use of the word, I hope we don't ever have cause to use it again in the future. :xnod:

    What if the thread title is "Clodhopping ESFC crash out in 9-0 thumping by glorious Wanderers"

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    4 hours ago, Unlimited said:

    What if the thread title is "Clodhopping ESFC crash out in 9-0 thumping by glorious Wanderers"

    Too nice.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    11 hours ago, Unlimited said:

    What if the thread title is "Clodhopping ESFC crash out in 9-0 thumping by glorious Wanderers"

    Too funny!.:D

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites



    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now



×