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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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    9 hours ago, hawks2767 said:

    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.

    I think I saw the same person you’re talking about, his group of mates all had the same haircut - must of got a discounted rate. They were waiting at the back of the bay after the game saying they were going to confront some woman. Derro alert...

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    1 minute ago, 102megan said:

    On the RBB - the real teller will be once the actual A-League season starts - not a novelty match like last night’s. 

    I thought the RBB was damn good, considering the circumstances (novelty match, in the off-season, first game in three months, no trumpet)

    Yep. Apart from the corporates ( who should hang their heads in shame ) the "WDYSF" was fantastic. Loud response from the stands....awesome.

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    11 minutes ago, 102megan said:

    On the RBB - the real teller will be once the actual A-League season starts - not a novelty match like last night’s. 

    I thought the RBB was damn good, considering the circumstances (novelty match, in the off-season, first game in three months, no trumpet)

    on television the RBB sounded pretty ******* loud, gave me some nice flashback's

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    5 minutes ago, sonar said:

    Yep. Apart from the corporates ( who should hang their heads in shame ) the "WDYSF" was fantastic. Loud response from the stands....awesome.

    Yeah, the non-RBB did good!

    I think it could’ve been slightly better, to start the WDWSF with the upper RBB stands first though. 

    With stadium’s roof, potentially the echo would’ve been loud enough to get other people in the stadium’s (well, the eastern stand) attention before they were asked the question of WDWSF. 

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    It's July, not October. Early days, three months of pre season ahead of us. It was an exhibition match. Everyone is yet to find their feet and seats, we are yet to break in the new stadium. Most of the old school RBB heavies were absent or quietly following the game away from the sides. If Duke thought the atmosphere was great - he ain't seen nothing yet. The games against VIC, Glory and the derbies will be something else. Happy days ahead. 

     

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    56 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    So Leeds do the whooaa your **** thing on the ‘keeper. Small championship club aren’t they?

    :) 

    Yeah that was my low point of the night! Crikey we’ve rubbed that out of the game in Oz ( we’ll except for Perth :pardon:) and here are Eurosnobs bringing it back! 

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    Great view, even from the cheapest seats... Not quite the sellout that was predicted, plenty of vacant seats on the East side and in corporate (way to much space for corporate). Looked a sellout in the North though. (typical westies, all the cheap seats sold out) Agree re the atmosphere, not at Pirtek levels but there was plenty of blow ins and first timers so will hopefully improve. The WDWSF should have started with the stand behind the RBB to get it rolling as the sides were flat.. Great game hopefully a good sign for the future..Image may contain: stadium and outdoor

    Edited by MadKaw

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    Not usually a fan of these fixtures and only went because it was the first football game at Bankwest but came away pretty impressed.  Off the pitch - RBB was good for a first up effort in a few seasons especially as with ticket sales a lot of non active were there, sounded good on half way.  Impressed with the stadium, if we ever got back to our early glory days packing that place out with stadium wide poznan, chants and call and response, man that place will absolutely thunder.  Bar was easy enough even though the selection is pretty stadium standard, food was a pain in the ass, I understand they want these burgers made fresh (and they tasted pretty good) but **** if you don't recognise there is going to be a rush at half time and make a few in advance then don't wonder why people are bitching about waiting in line for 20minutes.  Love being so close to the field but those seccies better not keep standing up with 5 mins to go every game blocking the view of the first 10 rows or someone is going to jump the fence and put one on their chin, it's like watching the TV at home when in extra time and the score at 2-2 the misso decides she has to vacuum the spot right between your eyes and the TV - every time.

    On the field, well if we get that much luck at Bankwest moving forward then I am a happy camper, last year in that game we go into the break 4 nil down but we seemed to get a few breaks with posts and misses and all that which we have never had in recent seasons.  Having a keeper was nice for a change, made a few good saves as well but talked it up which I liked even more and went long which was also refreshing. Thought Tass was good, Majerwieski, Bacchus had some very good moments and then a few clangers which you expect pre season, Yeboah went well and will be important for us if he can stay fit but the work rate of Duke is something else, to play at that pace and level for that period of time in pre season just wow, put a decent striker near him and they will get a bagful.  Even the kids did well at the end, physically they were monstered as expected but on the ball they looked the goods.  Love Tarick but he looks a bit off the pace at the moment, might be a part time farewell for him this year.  Like we have taken every available bit of space and the field is on the massive end of the scale so there is plenty of space out there, the more talented side should win most fixtures there. Plenty of slipping and sliding going on with that surface especially as it was not a wet (as other codes have mentioned) but moving forward with us there every week you would think that will be an advantage to us.

    Overall pretty optimistic about our seasons prospects and I know we have all been there before but this one just smells a little different.

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    33 minutes ago, Potkorok said:

    Yeah that was my low point of the night! Crikey we’ve rubbed that out of the game in Oz ( we’ll except for Perth :pardon:) and here are Eurosnobs bringing it back! 

    And Adelaide too 

    I

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    It was a good night all-round, you can feel Parra was buzzing again yesterday after making our return, the pre-match march was brilliant, it caught other people in the Street off guard.

    The stadium is amazing, sitting above the RBB and looking over pitch, it felt like I had an eagle eyeview of the whole field, looking over the RBB when the safe standing area, it looked great, there was a lot more freedom to move around and be active.  Gotta love the double cheeseburger at the ground.

    As for the game, I don't think we did too bad per say... I think there were some pet peeves that I hate what we do and Leeds kind of exposed them as they were technically and tactically better. 

    Things I didn't like:

    - playing out from the back, Leeds immediately pressed our defensive line whenever we hard the ball and we make stupid mistakes, that led to Leeds first goal

    - not being first to the ball, waiting for the ball to come has been an issue and Leeds have managed to cut out our passes a last night, Leeds always run onto the ball and they are very direct with their passes

    Things I did like:

    - Baccus setting up Kwame with the through ball, pure class

    - Lopars GK, brilliant saves, and has a good boot on him as well

    - Grozos through ball was sexy, shame Duke couldn't get on the end of it.

    - our youth team held up their own and did very well against a very senior team.

    Lots of good signs and hopefully some of these issues will be ironed out

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    16 minutes ago, MadKaw said:

    Great view, even from the cheapest seats... Not quite the sellout that was predicted, plenty of vacant seats on the East side and in corporate (way to much space for corporate). Looked a sellout in the North though. (typical westies, all the cheap seats sold out) Agree re the atmosphere, not at Pirtek levels but there was plenty of blow ins and first timers so will hopefully improve. The WDWSF should have started with the stand behind the RBB to get it rolling as the sides were flat.. Great game hopefully a good sign for the future..Image may contain: stadium and outdoor

    Yeah..that was not far from my view...might stick with NW corner..

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    39 minutes ago, Potkorok said:

    Yeah that was my low point of the night! Crikey we’ve rubbed that out of the game in Oz ( we’ll except for Perth :pardon:) and here are Eurosnobs bringing it back! 

    Have you conveniently forgotten about Adelaide and Brisbane?

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    4 minutes ago, Edinburgh said:

    What a great day I had with football and fandom!

    Kitted out in red and black from the start. Off to the pub with my son where we were joined by other forumites and others we know to chat and chew the fat about football and anything else that came to mind. 

    Then off to Wanderland to find our seats next to the active area, then sneak into the free standing area. My son suggested we try and I expressed several concerns that we could get away with it. Then I noticed an opportunity and I was gone and in. My son was left behind and had to find another way in later.

    Stood, sang, jumped, climbed on the rails, got drenched when we scored, banter and jesting with friends and strangers (and security!), the poznan too. I had a ball and then some.

    And the best bit? To paraphrase Al Jolson - We ain't seen nothing yet!

    October is too far away.

    Great post Ed..you put some of us younger posters to shame with your energy and enthusiasm. :)

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    I want a Thurman v Pacquiao live stream atm. Pre season friendlies. We do have two damn good keepers and a three legged table of a stadium. 

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    1 hour ago, FCB said:

     If Duke thought the atmosphere was great - he ain't seen nothing yet. The games against VIC, Glory and the derbies will be something else. Happy days ahead. 

    Agree with all that, and with all Megan has said.

    Thankfully, I now believe your (Babbel Meister inspired) positive vision for the future.:good:

    PS I said it on the game thread...but I'll  say it again. Well done to all in the RBB! Even with numbers  depleted over recent seasons,  from closer to the Southern end than the RBB end, your presence was clearly felt - all through the game. :good:

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    7 minutes ago, DamnedUnited said:

    . We have and a three legged table of a stadium. 

    And a quite apt image...that made me smile...even though a 4 legged table of a stadium would be preferred.

    Sigh.

    It's still amazing though! :xnod:

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    Quite a promising start, overall. I thought that Duke and Yeboah were incredibly committed and the best on the ground along with Lopar who was excellent between the posts, even though his distribution was very average. McGowan gave an excellent impersonation of a Swiss cheese throughout, though he will hopefully improve as he gains fitness and familiarity with his teammates.

    I think we well and truly handed them the initiative and opportunities with our multiple 'youth team' replacements in the second half, but it would have been churlish to deny them a chance to play.

    Great stadium and pitch, though I too worry about the dead third that is the west. 24k + there last night and we will need more than 15k regularly to make the place jump.

    Far too many Eurosnobs in the stands last night - people who support Leeds because their grandma was born there/loved all Viduka's clubs/like the colour white... any excuse than support a team from the country in which you were born and raised, that is desperate for you to support their team playing a game you profess to love!

    Damn easy to back a heavyweight against a lightweight; a Winx against a hack; a multimillionaire with profile against a hard-working wage earner for whom football is more a passion; all so you can feel like a winner... but that is not what we as Australians should do...

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    1 hour ago, wendybr said:

    And a quite apt image...that made me smile...even though a 4 legged table of a stadium would be preferred.

    Sigh.

    It's still amazing though! :xnod:

    I can see the day where they will open the bottom most tier in the west to normal fans, I think it will come, but how quickly don't know.

     

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    56 minutes ago, Erimus said:

    I can see the day where they will open the bottom most tier in the west to normal fans, I think it will come, but how quickly don't know.

    I think it will come very quickly, unless in the regular season those seats have been bought as memberships.

    As Hughsie and others have said forever, including DU with his 3 legged  table image, it's unbalanced and just plain ridiculous to have a few hundred people over there  (if that).

    Surely it will become obvious very quickly, if it isn't already.

     

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    Ahhh ...and Woohoo!

    Something else from last night that I celebrated...in addition to the gaol.

    We actually  had a goal celebration song that, to me...is perfect.

    If I've never said it before (in our numerous debates), I've thought it a hundred times.

    Who else noticed it?

    Who wants to argue that it was crap?

    Who wants to say..."It's already used  by ......" Which I'm sure it is...

    The RBB's "Let's go ******* mental" is absolutely fine by me...but a lot of people, including me, aren't going to chant that.

    I grieved at losing the original celebration response after those first few games in Season 1...but it's fair enough that we did. It's what led me to this forum - lol.

    I hope we keep this one - I don't care who else uses it or how organic it is ( for Marron :meep:) .

    We need somthing that works...even if people don't sing along to it.

    Everything else we've used,  to me, has been crap, including  that creepy  "I'm a Wanderer" song that's played at the end.

    Ugh!!! 

    But last night's choice is a no brainer...I think.

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    Rewatching it now, we did good. Leeds have had an entire season together, and their skill level is that of a team who were competing for promotion into the english premier league. We held them to 1-1 until the last 60seconds. And we are still gelling. 2 more months and we will have much more awareness and fluidity. Not bad lads, not bad. 

    Our passing isn't good enough and borders on wasteful, Not a weakness we want exposed in this coming season. Leeds passing on the otherhand was purposeful and as someone else phrased it, direct.

    The prematch catchup was great (so great to see us all kitted out and energised for the game), the new stadium magnificent and the team is looking lively and positive. Bring on October

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    9 minutes ago, EmMac said:

    Rewatching it now, we did good. Leeds have had an entire season together, and their skill level is that of a team who were competing for promotion into the english premier league. We held them to 1-1 until the last 60seconds. And we are still gelling. 2 more months and we will have much more awareness and fluidity. Not bad lads, not bad. 

    Our passing isn't good enough and borders on wasteful, Not a weakness we want exposed in this coming season. Leeds passing on the otherhand was purposeful and as someone else phrased it, direct.

    The prematch catchup was great (so great to see us all kitted out and energised for the game), the new stadium magnificent and the team is looking lively and positive. Bring on October

    Agree, also consider that only 6 of the starting team who had pulled on a WSW jumper before and of that only two players Elrich and Kamau have played more than 10 games for us and you have to happy with that and also expect that our passing will be wasteful in patches.

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