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    Golden Goal From Marquee Oriol


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    Marquee man Oriol Riera scored in the last seconds of extra time as the Western Sydney Wanderers opened up Season 2017/18 with a late late show against Wellington.

    Wellington came into the game with a number of first team players out hurt, leaving the Wanderers the strong favourites at home in Campbelltown. Western Sydney gave competitive debuts to marquee striker Oriol Riera, ex-Wellington attacking midfielder Roly Bonevacia, fringe national team defensive midfielder Chris Herd, veteran central defender Michael Thwaite, and flying fullback Josh Risdon.

    After losing Marco Rossi in the warmup, and without Finkler, Fenton, Ridenton among others, the Nix were on the backfoot early, as the Wanderers controlled the tempo & possession in the opening 10 minutes. Steven Lustica fired in the first decent strike in the game, his right footed shot aimed at the keeper from 10 yards out in the 12th minute. Not long after Kearyn Baccus intercepted a ball in the heart of the Wellington defence and drove at goal, before shooting a weak effort that was easily saved.

    Roly Bonevacia looked certain to score in the 22nd minute, as Riera, having followed the ball out to the right wing, lofted a magnificent curved chip over the Wellington defence, Bonevacia outpacing the cover defence but their keeper rushed out of goal and did enough to put off the ex-Wellington attacker. Just before the break Riera chested down the ball for Roly on the edge of the area, but his first time strike was launched into low earth orbit via the Wests Leagues club.

    Not long into the second half and Cornthwaite should have opened the scoring from a corner. His run left his marker stranded, and with the ball dropping, the Wanderers captain hit a side foot volley straight at Lews Italiano, a meter either side and it would've been 1-0.

    Jacob Melling & Riera both had chances off the head within moments of each other as the clock ticked to 78 minutes. Wellington had occasional chances although they lacked penetration and their final ball was often wayward. With time running low in regulation Rufer couldn't hit the target from outside the area, followed by a deflected shot from Bonevacia going wide.

    With the game locked at 0-0 after 90 minutes, the sides geared up for Extra Time and penalties if required. There were precious few chances in the first half of extra time, despite the players on both teams tiring with some going down with cramp.

    Jacob Melling had another headed chance off a Bonevacia free kick, under pressure however the midfielder headed the ball wide.

    In the dying moments Tom Doyle should have seen his marching orders as a result of a horrid lunging 'tackle' on Majok, only to receive a red card. The Wanderers free kick went out for a corner. Man of the Match Bonevacia stepped up, and delivered a delightful whipped ball to the 6 yard box. Marquee Riera rose like a Blue Mountains eucalyptus tree to meet with the ball with his head, knocking it home at the far post to win the game for the home side.

    It was as much as the Wanderers deserved, as they comprehensively outplayed their trans-tasman opponents, with Wellington carved open repeatedly all night and rescued with last ditch defending. Riera & Bonevacia looked a cut above the pack, and combining for the winner was the cherry on the cake. Wellington will head home again from Campbelltown without a result, and have a lot of work to do before the A-League begins.

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    So happy to see Riera match fit and play extended minutes tonight

    Surprised it came down to the final possession in extra time, but maybe a shock for the boys early on is what they need to go deep into this tournament

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    Did tonight help answer what we need from a final recruitment? I'm on the fence whether we need another creative like Nico to give some breathing room to roly, or someone at the back.

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    2 minutes ago, ZachMercer said:

    Did tonight help answer what we need from a final recruitment? I'm on the fence whether we need another creative like Nico to give some breathing room to roly, or someone at the back.

    Not really. Do you want to see less of Hamill, or Melling?

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    Far from an impressive performance but considering it's not the full team and still early in pre-season it's a good result. 

    Happy to see Riera score , it takes some of the pressure off. 

    Still cannot believe the NIX finished the game with 11 players.....that wasn't a tackle it was an assult.

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    Man can score when most needed. That's the sign of a good striker. And he played for 120 mins, in his first competitive game, in August!

    We played with 2 strikers!

    What a time to be alive.

    Yeah the boys!

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    22 minutes ago, MathyouWSW said:

    Well what can I say, a great night of football.

    Our marquee man scores and it looks like Hamill is injured.

    I think it's poor form to be happy about any Wanderers player getting injured. 

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    My observations from the game:
    -The change for Majok was much need. Jumpei was getting into good positions to receive the ball but the speed stalled most times he had the ball at his feet. He seemed lost even when there were great options. He doesn't seem to read his team mates and doesnt appear willing to put balls through gaping holes with a first time pass. Too often he receives the ball then ends up on his heels. Majok immediately made positive runs with the ball at his feet, maybe it's his youthful positivity but I liked seeing him out wide. He was absolutely robbed by a shocking tackle that should have been a red

    - Roly looked good in the middle. He wriggled out of lots of tight places and released wide men. He tracked back well and helped defend then suddenly appeared up field to drive the play. Well deserved MoM

    - Lustica is not a winger

    -Melling has no left foot but defended well. He did look impressive with the sideline behind him. Does he have potential at RB?

    -Risdon looked great down the right wing but was moved to LB to cover krishna since Hamill couldnt deal with Krishnas pace at all. Risdon's attacking potency was nulified being on the wrong side of the pitch. The take away is CLisby has to start.

    - Riera is impressive when he comes to meet the play but I'm not sure he will burn people for pace if he's getting through balls. Every time he gets the ball he looks dangerous, you can see the cogs are turning. Cejudo will amplify his potency.

    - Clisby's absence was painfully obvious in attack

    - Baccus continues to impress me. We have the advantage of seeing the play from above, we can see the obvious yet difficult options that most players like Jumpei wont take. Baccus reads those options and make early passes where other players dont. He is also picking pockets and reading intercepts really nicely.

    Thoughts? Have I got something wrong?

     

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    1 minute ago, WSWBoro said:

    That is a calm, clever header under pressure, how many times did we see Bulut and Pio butcher such chances. Liking the look of this guy big time.

    From all reports Riera has turned up with a mission. He clearly has technique and the attitude to match. He might not be electric like Fornaroli but he has signalled his intentions to find the net. I'll take that any t=day of the week

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    24 minutes ago, ZachMercer said:

    Did tonight help answer what we need from a final recruitment? I'm on the fence whether we need another creative like Nico to give some breathing room to roly, or someone at the back.

     

    21 minutes ago, mack said:

    Not really. Do you want to see less of Hamill, or Melling?

    I think the answer is a versatile central midfielder IMO. I dont want to see Roly drop deeper when theres injuries. If anything i only want to see Bonevacia cover that CAM position amd wing positions.

    there are certain players we really shouldnt see much of and thats Hammil, Lustica and Jumpei. And i guess Melling to a lesser extend but i hold a little hope he improves.

    Majok is ahead of those for a wing spot. 

    Risdon is our best option at Left back if Clisby goes down currently unless there are youngsters lurking.

    I was pleasantly surprised by Herd's improvements fitness wise and his sharpness. Think its a real asset that he is prepared to run with the ball too in open space. For me he presents us our starting midfield partner to Baccus AND our most competent backup option to right back.

    which then leaves our depth there a little bare. 

     

    pretty much an Antonis clone capable of filling in at cm or CAM would be the best fit for me.

     

    Edited by DeeDee

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    7 minutes ago, Horus said:

    Agreed with the points made above about Riera and Roly especially...but what I liked was Riera got involved with the handbags @ around the 55 min mark...good to see the boy in for his team mates

    Agreed. I remember Shinji going after a player (cant remember which team it was) in one of his first games when Poljak was brought down and no foul was given in a really bad challenge. Your team mates might not notice if you hold out of a conflict but they will sure as **** remember it if you go in to bat for them

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    9 minutes ago, Upthehill said:

    Agreed. I remember Shinji going after a player (cant remember which team it was) in one of his first games when Poljak was brought down and no foul was given in a really bad challenge. Your team mates might not notice if you hold out of a conflict but they will sure as **** remember it if you go in to bat for them

    Was against Melbourne Heart, our first win at home. Simon Colosimo absolutely smashed Ono early, a few minutes later Polenz got butchered from behind by Jason Hoffman, then Ono came in and gave him some payback. Idiot ref didn't card either of the Heart players.

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    4 minutes ago, mack said:

    Was against Melbourne Heart, our first win at home. Simon Colosimo absolutely smashed Ono early, a few minutes later Polenz got butchered from behind by Jason Hoffman, then Ono came in and gave him some payback. Idiot ref didn't card either of the Heart players.

    Thats the one. Good memory mate! I don't remember the early challenge on Ono but I remember that 10 seconds where Hoffman dished it out then got his just deserts. if I recall corrently, Hoffmans challenge was straight out of the early UFC days

    I dont like malicious play in football but I can respect a player that takes a stand for his team mates. 

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    12 minutes ago, Upthehill said:

    Thats the one. Good memory mate! I don't remember the early challenge on Ono but I remember that 10 seconds where Hoffman dished it out then got his just deserts. if I recall corrently, Hoffmans challenge was straight out of the early UFC days

    I dont like malicious play in football but I can respect a player that takes a stand for his team mates. 

    It was the first absolutely manic game in the RBB. On Australia Day as well, hard to forget. And Ono scoring against Redmayne lol and the last second double save from Covic.

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    Herd played solid tonight, I think he will be one of the buys of the season (no pressure).

    clisby needs to start, we need another LB backup.

    How great was Majok!!!! Definitely ahead of Jumpei and sotirio at this stage. I think he will be very useful if we cop injuries (let's hope we get a good run with injuries this year)

    Thwaite was solid, can't really fault him that much, definitely interesting to see who will start in Rnd 1, I just hope Aspro doesn't get left on the pine.

    great for Riera to get off the mark early, will take pressure off him which will only benefit the team.

     

    and fn good is it that football is back!!!!!

     

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    2 minutes ago, xxBrandonxx said:

    Riera reminds me a hell of a lot of Juric. Not the fastest player but a strong target man always in the right areas with a strong presence in the box.

    If I can be presumptuous, he reminds you of an actual striker, yeah? They should be strong aginst the CB, create space, and take powerful shots from bad angles. We've not had a player like that other than Juric. Dino was a great hold up man. Pio was lazy, Bulut needed space and Bridge was just a band-aid even if a very good one.

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    Hard to rate that performance as a the Nix were woeful . They were missing quite  a few players and they will be short odds for the spoon .

    Bridgey and  Cejudo need to have big seasons if we are a chance of the top 4 as we ain't winning anything with Jumpei/Lustica/Sotirio/Majok  on the wings . 

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    1 minute ago, Upthehill said:

    If I can be presumptuous, he reminds you of an actual striker, yeah? They should be strong aginst the CB, create space, and take powerful shots from bad angles. We've not had a player like that other than Juric. Dino was a great hold up man. Pio was lazy, Bulut needed space and Bridge was just a band-aid even if a very good one.

    Well he doesn't remind me of Michael Owen or Inzaghi, there's more than one kind of striker. :cheeky:

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    5 minutes ago, Sime11 said:

    Herd played solid tonight, I think he will be one of the buys of the season (no pressure).

    clisby needs to start, we need another LB backup.

    How great was Majok!!!! Definitely ahead of Jumpei and sotirio at this stage. I think he will be very useful if we cop injuries (let's hope we get a good run with injuries this year)

    Thwaite was solid, can't really fault him that much, definitely interesting to see who will start in Rnd 1, I just hope Aspro doesn't get left on the pine.

    great for Riera to get off the mark early, will take pressure off him which will only benefit the team.

     

    and fn good is it that football is back!!!!!

     

    Agreed re Majok. Herd - yes, I think we all expect a lot from him considering what high value, non-socceroo players were on offer this season like Vidosic and Millsy.

    My bang-for-your-buck shout this season is thwaite. Dude is eff-ing class, even at 35. He didn't put a foot wrong tonight. I still hope Aspro starts over him because that man has the potential to lead our NT in the future if he builds his tool kit correctly

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