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    Mierzejewski Brace KO's Wanderers


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    An early gift to the Wanderers from Andrew Redmayne was cancelled out as Sydney FC ran out 3-1 winners in the last derby of the regular season.

    With both teams suffering from suspensions and Sydney FC having flown home from China it looked to be the Wanderers best hope of taking all three points against their city rivals in a game marked by teeming rain.

    10 minutes in and the away side capitalised on some poor defence and awful goalkeeping to open the scoring through Oriol Riera. Marcelo Carrusca found fullback Raul LLorente with a lofted ball over the top, his cross bobbled into the path of Andrew Redmayne and the ex-Wanderers keeper spilled it to the advantage of Riera who couldn't miss from 6 yards out. That was the highlight of the evening for the Wanderers as they were unable to put together any major attacks, the closest being Ikonomidis flashing a header wide in the 25th minute.

    As it looked like the Wanderers might have something to protect in the second half, Michael Thwaite was judged to pull down Ninkovic outside the box as Matt Simon tried to play back a one-two pass. Adrian Mierzejewski stepped up and fired in a curling free kick from 24 yards out, over the wall, past Vedran Janjetovic. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced over the roof of the net for the equaliser.

    Sydney FC had the lead in the 55th and Mierzejewski had a brace. Ninkovic hit a cross onto the penalty area that neither central defender headed away, and instead of clearing the ball, Carrusca chested it down inexplicably, Thwaite had been knocked down by Matt Simon, and with Roly Bonevacia & Carrusca pulling out of a challenge on Simon, the ball fell to the feet of Mierzejewski and he shot unerringly into the bottom corner. It was dreadful, inept defence, players falling over themselves and failures to clear the ball as good as throwing it into the net.

    The match was practically over by that point and the third sealed it. Bonevacia capped off his season worst night by losing the ball with an aimless pass to Ninkovic, he ran into the box, released Bobo with a backheel and with the defence beaten the striker slipped the ball past Vedran.

    The mild positives for the Wanderers that they showed some fight in the contest, that they had glimpses of quality in attack, but once again they were let down by flops like Roly & Alvaro Cejudo who came on in the second half to no effect whatsoever,  with one major contrast being Mierzejewski smashing home his free kick and Cejudo smashing a free kick into the Sydney FC wall. Mark Bridge was a passenger, Riera once again was forced to run back into the midfield to try and hold the ball, which of course left the Wanderers missing his quality on the end of moves and Hamill & Thwaite were comprehensively outplayed by Matt Simon, a striker who hasn't scored in two years.

    With the majority of the team coming off contract at the end of this season there are few people on that list who look like they deserve another year as a professional footballer. It might even be for the best of the Wanderers drop out of the 6, as there will be no consolation finals series loss and Gombau can immediately get to work clearing out the deadwood from the Popovic era.

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    9 hours ago, Paul01 said:

    Don't forget that their 'star' represents misery by gambling. What should we expect from a club owned mostly by a Russian whose means are rather dubious and probably friends with Putin or his cronies.

    As opposed to our owner who made his motza by purveying wholesome meat products   ;)

     

     

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    15 hours ago, FCB said:

    Haha. Next step: geography lecture about East in relation to West?

    Ever since Arnie has taken over at Smurf FC the big calls and a lot of the small ones go to Smurf blue. It started with the red card for Saba playing the ball. 

    No, next step is play the victim. You did it well. You're suggestion a sinister plot by FFA head office. They must pay the referees an extra bonus to ensure that every decision goes the Smurf's way. Of course, it's so obvious! Makes perfect sense.

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    5 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    No, next step is play the victim. You did it well. You're suggestion a sinister plot by FFA head office. They must pay the referees an extra bonus to ensure that every decision goes the Smurf's way. Of course, it's so obvious! Makes perfect sense.

    But its true.

    The moment you get a decent ref (in rhe ACL) who won't accept tactical fouling by those bookends Brillante and O'Neill, you got cut off at the knees. 

    Time for the A-league refs to grow some you know whats and penalise appropriately. 

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    10 hours ago, pudispencer said:

    No, next step is play the victim. You did it well. You're suggestion a sinister plot by FFA head office. They must pay the referees an extra bonus to ensure that every decision goes the Smurf's way. Of course, it's so obvious! Makes perfect sense.

    You are putting words into my mouth/keyboard.

    I am suggesting that the big calls are going to Smurf FC when playing at Allianz. Saba's red card 13/14, Sotirio's off side goal 14/15, Zullo's hand ball 16/17, Carney hitting Herd in the face and then falling professionally for a penalty, Ninkovic's unpunished attempt to amputate Risdon's leg, plus Gillet's master performance in the same game 17/18 - once or twice would be coincidence, but this is a symphony.

    I don't need to suggest the link between Smurf FC and FFA from Day 1 (Lowy moving the club from West to East and becoming a stakeholder), preferential treatment (not one but two salary cap breaches), The Cove having direct access to FFA officials, preferential treatment by part of the media (Harper was Smurf FC's CEO, Slater good buddies with Arnie), referee training organized by FFA not the states any longer.

    You guys have been ripping flares over the years and escaped scrutiny and punishment, and are crying foul when it happens at the other end. When a Smurf supporter stabs a VIC guy it is hardly mentioned and quickly forgotten. When a man killed a woman, a media outlet went out of their way to put of photo of the couple in WSW outfit on their title page. 

    Arnie was playing hack ball with CCM. Hutchingson, McBreen, Montgomery, McBreen, Duke, Simon, Anderson - dishing it out but being up in arms when a call would go against them. He is doing the same at Smurf FC, just with better players.

    No, its not a plot. That's just how it is.

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    5 hours ago, FCB said:

    You are putting words into my mouth/keyboard.

    I am suggesting that the big calls are going to Smurf FC when playing at Allianz. Saba's red card 13/14, Sotirio's off side goal 14/15, Zullo's hand ball 16/17, Carney hitting Herd in the face and then falling professionally for a penalty, Ninkovic's unpunished attempt to amputate Risdon's leg, plus Gillet's master performance in the same game 17/18 - once or twice would be coincidence, but this is a symphony.

    I don't need to suggest the link between Smurf FC and FFA from Day 1 (Lowy moving the club from West to East and becoming a stakeholder), preferential treatment (not one but two salary cap breaches), The Cove having direct access to FFA officials, preferential treatment by part of the media (Harper was Smurf FC's CEO, Slater good buddies with Arnie), referee training organized by FFA not the states any longer.

    You guys have been ripping flares over the years and escaped scrutiny and punishment, and are crying foul when it happens at the other end. When a Smurf supporter stabs a VIC guy it is hardly mentioned and quickly forgotten. When a man killed a woman, a media outlet went out of their way to put of photo of the couple in WSW outfit on their title page. 

    Arnie was playing hack ball with CCM. Hutchingson, McBreen, Montgomery, McBreen, Duke, Simon, Anderson - dishing it out but being up in arms when a call would go against them. He is doing the same at Smurf FC, just with better players.

    No, its not a plot. That's just how it is.

    Okon is Arnie mk II then

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    They won't get enough to unilateral remove gallop, but they would likely only need to convince two or three states assuming all the new votes (clubs, PFA, women) go for it.

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    10 hours ago, FCB said:

     

    I am suggesting that the big calls are going to Smurf FC when playing at Allianz. 

    Not only at Allianz, but everywhere else.

    If JB doesn't roll around like he's been shot by a machine gun tonight, does the Irishman get the red? I think not.

    VAR is still sucking big balls.

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