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    Extra Time Drama In Perth


    mack

    The Western Sydney Wanderers launched their competitive 2019/20 A-League season with a massive 2-1 FFA Cup Round of 32 game win against Perth Glory at the Dorrien Gardens in Perth tonight, setting up a Round of 16 clash against Sydney United.

    The opening was frantic but directionless, the major action coming in the form of two yellow cards, one to Primin Schwegler of the Wanderers and the other to Jacob Tratt for Perth. Radoslaw Majewski had the first shot in anger for the Wanderers, a long range effort from a free kick that sailed harmlessly into the netting protecting the housing units behind the goal.

    Perth nearly took the lead in the 17th minute. Chris Harold released Joel Chianese down the Wanderers left flank, Tarek Elrich being far too slow to keep up, the wing-forward fired in a low cross that Tass Mourdoukoutas lunged out in an effort to prevent a tap-in for Bruno Fornaroli. The deflection could have gone anywhere but it thankfully fell to the feet of keeper Daniel Lopar and the danger was cleared. Western Sydney were forced into an early sub after 20 minutes, Kosta Grozos was levelled from behind in a cynical challenge, clearly in pain and unable to continue. Nick Sullivan, a very recent signing was introduced in his place. Adam Fielding's poor officiating continued as he let the injurious challenge go without a yellow card.

    The Glory had the ball in the back of the net in the 28th minute but were denied by the official's whistle. Harold lobbed a cross into the 6 yard box, Fornaroli had no eyes for the ball and instead clattered into Mourdoukoutas from behind, a foul that even a blind referee would have picked out easily. It fell to the back post and was promptly tucked home but to no avail. Lopar made a neat save from Harold, the striker turned his marker and fired down to the left that Lopar got a strong hand to keep out. 5 minutes before the break the Wanderers flashed the ball across the face of goal. Dylan McGowan rose high from a corner, glancing the ball down past the Perth defence but the desperate lunge of Kwame Yeboah missed connecting what would have been an almost certain goal. Not long after Yeboah was the recipient of a well worked move by Sullivan and Kamau but the strike from the edge of the area rolled agonisingly wide. Perth finished the half strongly in stoppage time, but the two sides headed to the break even at 0-0.

    Neil Kilkenny had a free kick in the 57th minute, well struck but never curled back in toward goal. The Wanderers attacked down the left flank through Yeboah, his cut-back found a Perth foot, but it wasn't clearly appropriately and the end result was a speculative shot on goal from Daniel Georgievski that sailed over the crossbar. Lopar made another neat save down to his left on the hour mark, Nick D'Agostino scuffed a shot into the turf that bounced dangerously in front of the keeper who held his nerve and cleared it out for a corner.

    Perth Glory bought on Diego Castro with just over 20 minutes to go, and the Wanderers responded by taking off early early substitute Nick Sullivan for Mo Adam. Adam had his first strike of the game in the 82nd minute, free on the edge of the area but firing over the top. The second half was intense but without cutting edge from either team, the game still level at 0-0 as the match headed into extra-time.

    Just a couple minutes in to bonus football Mo Adam received a gift in the penalty arc after Perth failed to clear. With a short backlift he blasted the ball into towards the top corner and was denied by a good save from Liam Reddy. Despite the Wanderers having the better of possession, the first 15 minutes of extra time failed to product a score.

    The 108th minute finally saw the deadlock broken. The Wanderers broke down the right hand side through Bruce Kamau, after he beat a pair of defenders he laid it into the path of Adam. With one touch to bring the ball out from under him, Adam smashed a left footed strike into the bottom corner leaving Reddy completely without a chance.

    114 minutes in and Perth were level. Perth got lucky as they tracked down an over hit cross on the left flank, the return cross found the unlikely feet of Tomi Mrcela, he fired in a kung-fu kick that took an unlucky deflection that beat Lopar all ends up.

    Almost as soon as Perth had finished celebrating did the Wanderers regain the lead. Adam continued his stellar performance off the bench by firing in a low cross to the Glory near post, Reddy made a complete mess of the ball, allowing himself to be pressured by Kamau into spilling it onto the goal line, where Yeboah was the man on the spot to complete the finish from an inch from goal making it 2-1 to the visitors. Perth huffed and puffed but weren't capable of making a clear cut chance and the reigning A-League Premiers were bundled out, following Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory out the Cup door on the night.

    The Wanderers progression into the Round of 16 was immediately followed by the draw and the fixture list is as follows: Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners, Moreland Zebras vs Magpie Crusaders, Adelaide Olympic vs Hume City, Brisbane Strikers vs Manly United, Marconi Fairfield vs Melbourne City, Olympic FC vs Adelaide United, Edgeworth Eagles vs Newcastle Jets and Sydney United vs Western Sydney Wanderers.

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    Playing two up front, helped us dominant Perth later on. Yeboah is a work horse, Adams pressed and deservingly scored. Credit to our fitness as well, as we were all over them for the majority of extra time.

    New boys Lopar, Schwegler, McGowan and Georgievski looked the goods.

    Not sold on Majewski yet...

    Happy Days!

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    Did you bet on progression, or result.

    Most knockout cup games the 'result' is still only after 90 minutes and there's a separate betting option for "who goes through" which can include winning in extra time and going through on pens.

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    13 minutes ago, mack said:

    Did you bet on progression, or result.

    Most knockout cup games the 'result' is still only after 90 minutes.

    Aww crap, that must be it.  Anyway still happy with the result.

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    14 minutes ago, marron said:

    It was franjic with the red card I just read.

    So does this mean he'll miss the 1st round of the regular season?

    Edited by MathyouWSW

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    What is the Sydney United home ground like;  Could they potentially request a different venue to maximise attendence if their capacity isn't great?

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    Just now, sonar said:

     

    I wish Yeboah would give the goal celebrations a miss....he is going to injure himself one day.....you can see it coming......lol

    As much as I agree, did he really mean that. Just looked like he was too excited and ran so fast he lost his footing. I don’t even know tbh.

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    Going by the goal celebrations, this win meant something to the team.

    It is obvious now why ABJ was shown the door. There are hard workers on the pitch now, and fitness is at high level already. At the very least we'll be hard to beat this coming season. Add Ziegler, Duke, a CF, the additional senior player MB is talking about -  we'll be a force. Happy days.

     

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    3 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

    As much as I agree, did he really mean that. Just looked like he was too excited and ran so fast he lost his footing. I don’t even know tbh.

    He did the backflip against Leeds......I have nothing against goal celebrations but gee, the last thing you want is one of your main attacking players taking themselves out because they got too excited.... I wonder if Duke will continue with his leg splits if he scores for us this season...? 

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    1 minute ago, sonar said:

    He did the backflip against Leeds......I have nothing against goal celebrations but gee, the last thing you want is one of your main attacking players taking themselves out because they got too excited.... I wonder if Duke will continue with his leg splits if he scores for us this season...? 

    Just spoke to Duke, he said he is ready in 5 weeks to come back and win some trophies. Loving the attitude from everyone!

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    13 minutes ago, LeeMarvin said:

    What is the Sydney United home ground like;  Could they potentially request a different venue to maximise attendence if their capacity isn't great?

    Pretty sure it's about 10K with a synthetic pitch. 8000 seated capacity of 12,000.

    FFS it's the home ground of our NPL2 side.

    Edited by Paul01
    Added info

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    8 minutes ago, FCB said:

     

    Going by the goal celebrations, this win meant something to the team.

    It is obvious now why ABJ was shown the door. There are hard workers on the pitch now, and fitness is at high level already. At the very least we'll be hard to beat this coming season. Add Ziegler, Duke, a CF, the additional senior player MB is talking about -  we'll be a force. Happy days.

     

    Time to sign Mohammed Adam. Can't have those theiving sky blues in the east or south of the border coming after him.

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    15 minutes ago, LeeMarvin said:

    What is the Sydney United home ground like;  Could they potentially request a different venue to maximise attendence if their capacity isn't great?

    Awesome! Proper suburban football ground.

    5 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Pretty sure it's about 10K with a synthetic pitch. 

    FFS it's the home ground of our NPL2 side.

    12k according to Aus Stadiums, but I doubt they would be allowed to sell that many tickets. Highest crowd was a touch over 8k vs ESFC in FFA cup a few years ago. If they let this derby go ahead there, I reckon it could go higher.

    https://www.austadiums.com/stadiums/stadiums.php?id=44

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    1 hour ago, LeeMarvin said:

    Hey WTF, Sportsbet aren't paying out on my bet for us to win!

    Within 90 minutes or to progress?

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    6 hours ago, Carns said:

    Awesome! Proper suburban football ground.

    12k according to Aus Stadiums, but I doubt they would be allowed to sell that many tickets. Highest crowd was a touch over 8k vs ESFC in FFA cup a few years ago. If they let this derby go ahead there, I reckon it could go higher.

    https://www.austadiums.com/stadiums/stadiums.php?id=44

    The biggest crowd there was over 11K versus Sydney Olympic back in the 90's

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    46 minutes ago, pseudonym said:

    I doubt that the Round of 16 match will be moved from Edensor Park.

    As it will be mid week, their 10K capacity will be more than sufficient.

    Unless the police want a 1pm or 3pm Saturday kick off lol

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    1 hour ago, dcrow said:

    The biggest crowd there was over 11K versus Sydney Olympic back in the 90's

    I figured they must've had bigger crowds than an ESFC game back in the NSL era.

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    7 hours ago, Taurus said:

    Within 90 minutes or to progress?

    Must have been within 90.  My bad for not paying attention to details I guess.

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    18 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Kamau has a good game

    Live stream picture was not really clear, but looks like both he and baby Baccus may have strengthened up a bit.  Kamau even monstered an opponent off the ball on at least one occasion.  

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    9 hours ago, FCB said:

     

    Going by the goal celebrations, this win meant something to the team.

    It is obvious now why ABJ was shown the door. There are hard workers on the pitch now, and fitness is at high level already. At the very least we'll be hard to beat this coming season. Add Ziegler, Duke, a CF, the additional senior player MB is talking about -  we'll be a force. Happy days.

     

     

    I think we need to settle on the "we will be a force". We are showing good signs of improvement. But we still rely on alot of youth who have proven to be inconsistent week in week out. If we can keep our experienced players fit and the youth keep on improving we may find our groove this season but i think we will be looking at next season when we are complete. 

    Duke makes our attack much better. A classy CF or goal scoring wide man would be wonderfull. 

     

    But the question marks still surround the likes of Majewski who is in a pivotal position for us, still plenty of time to find his feet though.

    In defence the like of Tass, Kamau and Elrich are still weak links due to inexperience or pace.

    And Baccus jnr is still a diamond in the rough. 

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    Not sure why there is not a lot of love for Majewski, I thought he has been pretty solid for us so far considering he has only been with the boys a month or so.  He has obvious class on the ball and is still working out where players run but his defensive work is very good and something we really missed with ABJ (ESFC saw this first hand last night as well when his lazy defensive work led to the first goal).  Super impressed with Lopar though, nice to have someone who commands the area, isn't afraid to play it forward and has the ability to pull out a good one.  Understand the goal we conceded didnt exactly make him look great but he clearly lost vision with the mass of bodies in front of him.  McGowan and Georgevski look very good as well, every opposition player and spectator is going to hate Georgevski and he will become a Club favourite for us he has that bit of mongrel in him.  Young Bacchus and Tass didnt have their best games but on the flip side after looking dicey early Elrich kept some quick players quiet despite being targetted down that edge throughout the game and playing a full game which for him is not easy so plenty of positives out of this one.  If we have Duke (or another decent forward there last night) we win that in normal time, hate Fornaroli but if he was playing with us last night he gets a hattrick, he looked sharp..

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