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    Hernandez Late Show Wins Stadium Opener


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    The Western Sydney Wanderers have officially opened the Western Sydney Stadium with a credible 2-1 defeat to English Championship side Leeds United.

    As the long night of the Olympic Precinct faded away with a spectacular pre-match light & pyro show, the future began for the Western Sydney Wanderers in their new home ground. The Wanderers started with a 5 at the back formation, the starting 11 comprising of Daniel Lopar, Daniel Wilmering, Dylan McGowan, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Tarek Elrich, Bruce Kamau, Pirmin Schwegler, Keanu Baccus, Kwamye Yeboah, Mitch Duke and Radoslaw Majewski.

    Leeds were the dominant side early, after a 6th minute error from Mourdoukoutas, Pablo Hernandez toe-poke was turned behind goal by Lopar for a corner. In the 8th minute the visitors took the lead. Dylan McGowan slipped on the slick turf as he tried to close down Harrison, the Leeds attacker pulled a cutback to the edge of the area, and an unmarked Mateusz Bogusz fired an unerring shot into the top corner for 1-0.

    The Wanderers looked certain to score through Yeboah & Kamau, as Duke released Kamau into the penalty area, he fired a low cross that eluded the desperate lunge for Yeboah, if he made almost any kind of contact it would have been the first goal at the Western Sydney Stadium for the home side. Leeds nearly doubled their advantage just before the half-time break, Kemar Roofe hit the far post from about 7 yards out.

    Shortly after the break the Wanderers did have their opening goal at the stadium and it was assisted by Keanu Baccus and scored by Yeboah. Baccus won the ball in midfield and drove at the Leeds defence, poking a through ball inside the Leeds central defenders, Yeboah running onto the ball and beating Kiko Casilla, the striker with a neat chip over the goalkeeper, that he ran off to celebrate with a backward flip.

    As the Wanderers began to ring the changes, effectively playing their NPL NSW youth team in the dying minutes Leeds stepped up a gear themselves and began to reassert themselves, Patrick Bamford forced a top save out of Nick Suman who had replaced Lopar, followed by Hernandez rattling the woodwork with a powerful long range effort.

    The onslaught paid dividends for the white roses of Yorkshire as they scored a last gasp winner in front of their long-distance away support. Hernandez picked up the ball in the dying seconds of stoppage time, weaved through a half-dozen Wanderers defenders before pulling the trigger and slamming the ball into the side netting giving Suman no chance.

    It was a cruel ending but ultimately one without a huge deal of importance, as the night was as much about the return to Parramatta as it was the result. In that the evening was an unqualified success, the stadium glittering in it's opening for the world game, packed in the supporters for this glamour opening. The performance on the pitch for the Wanderers was about as good as you could expect against a hard charging English Championship side, and particularly one as tactically & technically fluent as Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa. Duke ran his heart out as usual, the foreign midfield duo of Schwegler & Majewski look to have a lot of potential, Keanu Baccus was arguably the Wanderers Man of the Match, Yeboah took his goal well and the rest of the team including the late youth subs were impressive with their application & effort.

    The Wanderers start their 2019/20 campaign with an away FFA Cup Round of 32 match against last year's A-League Premiership winning side Perth Glory on Wednesday August 7th.

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    6 minutes ago, Erimus said:

    Bossi - 'as many white shirts in the 25k crowd as red and black'..ok lol

    Can we not soil the thread with talk of The Stupid One.

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    8 minutes ago, Erimus said:

    Bossi - 'as many white shirts in the 25k crowd as red and black'..ok lol

    He really is the epitome of what happens when you give a teenage keyboard warrior a job.

     

    Edit: sorry mack

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    Others better qualified can comment on the game. I was underwhelmed by our efforts in Active. We have a long way to go before the type of atmosphere Parra used to have is rekindled. The RBB is lacking an intensity as is the interaction with the stands. I fear we are going to have to do a whole bunch of winning to reclaim past glories because the move alone to a shiny new stadium ain't going to be enough. At the beginning of the second half the capo walked out maybe he took offense at comments he missed our goal I don't know but the second half was essentially rudderless despite the vain efforts of some. I think we will have a squad to do well this season and tonight's game made clear a lot of work needs to be done on and off the field because average attendances of 12k is going to make Parra a lonely planet of a ground. 

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    13 minutes ago, DamnedUnited said:

    Others better qualified can comment on the game. I was underwhelmed by our efforts in Active. We have a long way to go before the type of atmosphere Parra used to have is rekindled. The RBB is lacking an intensity as is the interaction with the stands. I fear we are going to have to do a whole bunch of winning to reclaim past glories because the move alone to a shiny new stadium ain't going to be enough. At the beginning of the second half the capo walked out maybe he took offense at comments he missed our goal I don't know but the second half was essentially rudderless despite the vain efforts of some. I think we will have a squad to do well this season and tonight's game made clear a lot of work needs to be done on and off the field because average attendances of 12k is going to make Parra a lonely planet of a ground. 

    I mentioned in the game thread that it is going to take time, and a few big game wins to get things back, no quick turn around after the 3 years of shyte we have been through. I hope to see the numbers increase and hope that they don't undersell the standing area / memberships. 

    Tonight was just about being back, the rest will follow.

    Edited by Erimus

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    22 minutes ago, marron said:

    He really is the epitome of what happens when you give a teenage keyboard warrior a job.

     

    Edit: sorry mack

    Bossi also wrote Kearyn Baccus put the the pass for Yeboah to score. P****

    The club should remove his accreditation for home games.

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    I'm wrecked i have no voice.

    Far too many people wanting to be amongst it but not contribute, pushing in from the sides making the rbb look half empty.

    Thought it was going to be a battle in the stands but we won that pretty quickly.

    Dissapointed after full time though i saw a woman wanting to knock out some kid with the shittest haircut I've seen in years and her kid was crying, not good.

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    The upper tier behind the RBB is a good place to be by the way, enjoyed sitting there tonight. I am not a member with an allocated seat and so will return there I think...will try moving around a bit though.

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    On the game, despite the result our team was competitive without Ziegler, Georgievski, the striker and winger we need. Effectively, the senior team played a 1-1 draw and the youth team were subbed on. Wilmering look the best player in defense with Tass a close second. Lopar looked good. We deserved a draw.

    At that point, the misnamed lily whites started the physical stuff. I was sitting on the goal box line at the southern end 9 rows backs to see this happen.

    The Leeds supporters were pretty loud and got a touch dirty on the referee, Kurt Ams, who had his best game refereeing our club.

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    6 minutes ago, Erimus said:

    The upper tier behind the RBB is a good place to be by the way, enjoyed sitting there tonight. I am not a member with an allocated seat and so will return there I think...will try moving around a bit though.

     

    Yep it's not bad. Good view of everything.

    Other good thing is that you can just wander around and watch from the bowl. I knew this would be a thing, but, unlike Spotless, where that's also a feature, there's actually a point to doing so because you've got a cracking view no matter where you are.

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    49 minutes ago, DamnedUnited said:

    Others better qualified can comment on the game. I was underwhelmed by our efforts in Active. We have a long way to go before the type of atmosphere Parra used to have is rekindled. The RBB is lacking an intensity as is the interaction with the stands. I fear we are going to have to do a whole bunch of winning to reclaim past glories because the move alone to a shiny new stadium ain't going to be enough. At the beginning of the second half the capo walked out maybe he took offense at comments he missed our goal I don't know but the second half was essentially rudderless despite the vain efforts of some. I think we will have a squad to do well this season and tonight's game made clear a lot of work needs to be done on and off the field because average attendances of 12k is going to make Parra a lonely planet of a ground. 

    The entire West stand being corporate definitely contributed to the decrease of atmosphere. 

    It's like 30% of the stadium is on mute regardless. 

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    19 minutes ago, marron said:

     

    Yep it's not bad. Good view of everything.

    Other good thing is that you can just wander around and watch from the bowl. I knew this would be a thing, but, unlike Spotless, where that's also a feature, there's actually a point to doing so because you've got a cracking view no matter where you are.

    Where was the brass section tonight? Missed them.

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    6 minutes ago, wanderersfanatic said:

    The entire West stand being corporate definitely contributed to the decrease of atmosphere. 

    It's like 30% of the stadium is on mute regardless. 

    Was pretty funny when Capo actually tried to get a WDWSF going with them.

    I’d say they are one and done. 

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    You got to give it to the boys, to play against an English Championship that looked like they were playing serious and really showed the defensive line has improved massively.

    However, that being said, did the team REALLY play a 3-5-2 lineup, or BeIN Sports got it wrong? 
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    Majewski and Schwegler played well. Lopar is awesome and a great additive to the club. Baccus was indeed the man of the match, not sure why Wanderer fans on twitter have selected Yeboah (which played great), but Baccus was fair superior.

    Overall, a massive improvement from last season and really looking forward to see what the squad does on the FFA cup match.

    Edited by MathyouWSW

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    3 hours ago, Erimus said:

    Bossi - 'as many white shirts in the 25k crowd as red and black'..ok lol

    Well yeh that's always the case in these types of exhibition games in aus with a internationally renowned team doing a tour...If it was ccm or WP the white would have outshone. they would have shined bright like a diamond, shine   bright like a diamond.

    I'm sick of Bozza to be honest, he just anoys the $hit out of you and i, you and i, we're like diamonds in the sky. I think he's had way too much coke over the years and it's affected his brain. He's like an ethnic, bogan crackie!

    I suppose he was a good goalie, but now i think if he was in the dark, he'd have trouble finding a bright light, in the beautiful sea, I choose to be happy.                  I guess it doesn't matter what we think, you and i, you and i, we're like diamonds in the sky. I remember when he was a young gun coming into the aus team and i thought to myself, "you're a shooting star" I see, a vision of ecstasy!

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    I was sitting in the upper deck behind the RBB - Who do we sing for was a joke without the Western stand. They tried but when a third of the ground bothers, it is never going to be as good.

    My comment was the capo was yelling a lot for people in the back to take part. Don't sell tickets to active if you don't take part. Only a minor thing but not many were wearing jerseys so only a small number were active the who game

    Leeds should have won by 3 or 4 goals so I thought we were respectable. Probably the good hit  out needed so things can be worked on for the real stuff. Can only get good things from a game like that.

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    leeds dominated with the match so i am not unhappy with the result especially since we were pretty much playing our youth squad for almost half of it, i was happy to see some younger players get game time.

    i can only talk from what i heard on television but it sounded amazing cant wait to go to parramatta again

     

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    8 hours ago, Taurus said:

    Injured, he was going through a light warm up with Ziegler & O'Doherty.

    Did we miss him? 

    Is that the result of jumping on the corporate couch and doing his knee?

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    I was very happy with that game, like everyone has said team is looking really solid. Kamau messed up hard for that first goal but sorted himself our somewhat for the rest. A Marquee striker with Duke and yeboah rotation on the wings will be deadly. I was sitting in the corner about 3 row from the top and it didn't even seem far away. Love the new stadium, can't wait for the season to begin!

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    7 hours ago, btron3000 said:

    Where was the brass section tonight? Missed them.

    The brass section  has been carrying things on his own for a long time since the other one ****ed off up the mountain, he can't do everything :lol:

    Snares and repiniques also missed I'd say. 

    Immense job on the two bass drums to provide fills on there that are normally done by others, but yeah, the lack of the full sound had an effect on procredings.

    Should sound amazing when the whole crew are in town but like others have said it's going to take everyone in that section  getting on board.

     

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    9 hours ago, DamnedUnited said:

    I fear we are going to have to do a whole bunch of winning to reclaim past glories because the move alone to a shiny new stadium ain't going to be enough.

    I think that is correct go back season 1 rbb started with a core group and the rbb grew organically because end of the day everyone loves a winner 

    my additional fear now is that how much of that core group did Gallop piss off that they won’t return? They had real passion im not sure this new wave of Instagram people in the rbb will match that passion. 

    i think the best measuring stick for rbb will be the first derby. Then we will see where we are, I don’t expect to be like the first 2 seasons were it was rocking week in and out unless babbel has us top of table 

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    What a night, waited 3 long years for that. I thought we played really well and deserved a draw. There’s gonna be some ripper atmospheres in that stadium. 

    The “5000 Leeds fans” would’ve struggled to make noise at a mariners game 😴

    Btw, who is Yebobah? If these acting college dropouts are gonna carry on like dickheads over the PA can they at least learn the players names?...

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    2 minutes ago, hughsey said:

     

    Btw, who is Yebobah? If these acting college dropouts are gonna carry on like dickheads over the PA can they at least learn the players names?...

    I heard that as well. That female announcer was actually our W League player Georgia Yeoman-Dale.

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    11 minutes ago, HillsWanderer said:

    I heard that as well. That female announcer was actually our W League player Georgia Yeoman-Dale.

    Christ that’s even worse then... how can you not know that as a player of the club??!?

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