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    No Windy Wellington Worries For Wanderers Win


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    A dominant second half display by Western Sydney saw Nikolai Topor-Stanley score his first goal for the club and Labinot Haliti cap his 100th A-League game with a tap-in to secure a 6 point gap over 5th place as Wellington capitulated in the Kiwi capital this afternoon.

     

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    Western Sydney started out the match on top of their lower ranked opponents, Youssouf Hersi with good work early on which created a chance for Aaron Mooy that the young midfielder wasn't able to latch onto. After 5 minutes Wellington had their first major attempt on goal, Stein Huysegems barreling through the Wanderers defence before a last ditch tackle by Michael Beauchamp stopped the big striker in his tracks. Hersi had his own break on the right, the cutback to Mooy was on, but blocked by Wellington.

     

    With Wellington relying on long balls and deep crosses, it was no surprise at the source of the next Wellington chance. Huysegems latched onto a deep cross from the left wing, stooped down with a diving header and made solid contact. It was not directed well however and went out for a goal kick. Western Sydney allowed Wellington to pass the ball around their back four before putting pressure by driving them backward toward goal. The high pressing nearly paid dividends when Labinot Haliti charged down a Mark Paston clearance. It could have fallen anywhere but unfortunately for the Wanderers it went far away from goal.

     

    Huysegems was close to scoring the opening goal completely against the run of play. Louis Fenton ran at the defence before laying off a pass toward Huysegems. With a measured stroke he launched a pile driver that had Ante Covic beaten but cracked the crossbar and ballooned into the air. The clearance fell for another long shot by Wellington but Nikolai Topor-Stanley blocked it. The ball eventually fell out for a goal kick. Western Sydney piled on the pressure before halftime with numerous corners but as they have all season their set piece work had no end result. Vince Lia had his very long ranged effort saved by a full length dive from Covic and the two teams went into the break at 0-0.

     

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    Haliti opened the 2nd half with a snapshot that stung the palms of Paston. A 50th minute corner by Wellington was headed back across goal by Andrew Durante, Louis Fenton attempted an audacious volley but blazed it high over the bar. As the hour mark came the Wanderers were in complete control, only lacking the goal their dominance deserved. Jerome Polenz, Iacopo La Rocca, Mark Bridge and Haliti all had a crack at getting the scoreboard ticking but Polenz toe poke was tipped over the bar, La Rocca lofted his effort high, Bridge fired his volley straight at Paston and Haliti hit the side netting.

     

    Wellington began to fight back, Dani Sanchez sparking a melee in central midfield after kicking out at Aaron Mooy. Captain Beauchamp stood up for his young charge by telling Sanchez off. A half-dozen players streamed into shouting range of each other but the two main combatants were quickly separated by Lia and Bridge and Sanchez was shown a yellow card. Mooy continued to take control of the match, a much improved performance from the first half. He drew a yellow card challenge on Vince Lia and was the architect of the first Wanderers goal for Topor-Stanley.

     

    With 70 minutes on the clock the Wellington defence failed to clear their lines, it fell to Mooy who spun his marker and delivered a pinpoint cross to the centre of the penalty box. Topor-Stanley stayed forward and made a great run, getting in front Ben Sigmund before Topor stooped low to connect with a diving header that Paston got a hand to but couldn't keep out. The goal was just reward for both the Wanderers in the match and for Topor-Stanley who has been a colossus this season for Western Sydney. Tony Popovic gave Mooy a well earned rest, bringing on the substitute Shinji Ono for the last 15 minutes of the match.

     

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    Paston continued to be in the wars, Hersi, Bridge, Ono and Haliti playing havoc, forcing the Kiwi keeper into a number of saves and long punts to clear the ball from danger. Confusion reigned in the Wellington defence and allowed Haliti to celebrate his 100th A-League game with a goal. Mark Bridge chased down a wayward pass, hooking it back over his shoulder to keep the ball in. Sigmund let the ball bounce game as he wanted Paston to collect. Paston expected Sigmund to clear, and all the pair managed to do was tap the ball toward goal and cause Sigmund to fall over. Haliti didn't need to make the tap-in but like any striker would he emphatically struck the ball home from a meter out.

     

    Wellington were impotent in the half, not having a single shot on target and only two very early shots off target. As Wellington pushed forward hoping to get back into the match it left a huge gap in their defence. On the counter attack Mark Bridge found an unmarked Ono, instead of shooting first time he took a touch that was poor and somehow tangled the ball beneath his feet. After the previous weeks of spectacular scoring it was an aberration but at 2-0 up with minutes to play the Japanese international could see the funny side of things. The final whistle fell and all but the four travelling Wanderers supporters in the crowd of 6,608 would go home disappointed.

     

    The Wanderers next match is against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on Sunday the 20th of January at 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

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    Excellent 2nd half. Created a massive amount of chances. Something we struggled to do last time we were here. Solid stuff at the back to keep the clean sheet too

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    Go you GOOD things!

     

    Awesome win, things just get better and better.

     

    Btw, whats the G.O. with the GWS Giants jersey in the stands?? What next, Sydney Thunder top?? C'mon guys.

     

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    Can't be help, with all the jersey sold out and becoming hard to come buy the guy probably struggle to get one in time for the game.

     

    Great work Wanderers!

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    The nix were as bad as I have seen this year, we had countless chances.... Nice to see topor get one! Bring on the champions!

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    Great to see Hersi putting on pressure the whole game. Can't wait for Mooy to get his first goal, he needs the confidence

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    To everyone who made the effort to come to the Woolpack, good on you!

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    To everyone who made the effort to come to the Woolpack, good on you!

    Kinda stuck at King Tom. I'll be there next week.

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    Great win. Bossed that second half. Unlucky not to add another goal at the end

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    yeahhh great game first haf was hectic fast paced end to end then we dominated second half even with the wind against us we come out on top very happy was yelling at the tv my neighbours must think im nuts

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    To everyone who made the effort to come to the Woolpack, good on you!

    Kinda stuck at King Tom. I'll be there next week.

    We were wondering where you were.

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    To everyone who made the effort to come to the Woolpack, good on you!

    Kinda stuck at King Tom. I'll be there next week.
    We were wondering where you were.

    Nice to know that I'm loved.

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    Go you GOOD things!

     

    Awesome win, things just get better and better.

     

    Btw, whats the G.O. with the GWS Giants jersey in the stands?? What next, Sydney Thunder top?? C'mon guys.

     

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    fair go to the guy. he was there supporting the mighty WSW and apparently his jersey has been on back order for 9 weeks!! NIKE need to gt there shot together

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    I had a big night on Friday and Saturday morning at the woman's smashed me. Plus coming from the gong was a mission in itself. Still spent the entire match regretting that I didn't go to the Woolie. Good effort to all who went to the pub and to those that crossed the Tasman.

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    To everyone who made the effort to come to the Woolpack, good on you!

    Kinda stuck at King Tom. I'll be there next week.
    We were wondering where you were.

    What about us that went to Wellington??

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    To everyone who made the effort to come to the Woolpack, good on you!

    Kinda stuck at King Tom. I'll be there next week.
    We were wondering where you were.

    What about us that went to Wellington??

    Meh, lol :P

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    I had a big night on Friday and Saturday morning at the woman's smashed me. Plus coming from the gong was a mission in itself. Still spent the entire match regretting that I didn't go to the Woolie. Good effort to all who went to the pub and to those that crossed the Tasman.

    Dude I went to the W-League on 2 hours sleep, after that I was at the Woolpack for 8 hours and went back today for the game :P But I am sooo tired. Brisbane trip soon!

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    I had a big night on Friday and Saturday morning at the woman's smashed me. Plus coming from the gong was a mission in itself. Still spent the entire match regretting that I didn't go to the Woolie. Good effort to all who went to the pub and to those that crossed the Tasman.

    Dude I went to the W-League on 2 hours sleep, after that I was at the Woolpack for 8 hours and went back today for the game :P But I am sooo tired. Brisbane trip soon!
    I blame turner for not telling me when the w league game started...

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    I had a big night on Friday and Saturday morning at the woman's smashed me. Plus coming from the gong was a mission in itself. Still spent the entire match regretting that I didn't go to the Woolie. Good effort to all who went to the pub and to those that crossed the Tasman.

    Dude I went to the W-League on 2 hours sleep, after that I was at the Woolpack for 8 hours and went back today for the game :P But I am sooo tired. Brisbane trip soon!

     

    are you coming on the Brisbane trip? :)

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    I had a big night on Friday and Saturday morning at the woman's smashed me. Plus coming from the gong was a mission in itself. Still spent the entire match regretting that I didn't go to the Woolie. Good effort to all who went to the pub and to those that crossed the Tasman.

    Dude I went to the W-League on 2 hours sleep, after that I was at the Woolpack for 8 hours and went back today for the game :P But I am sooo tired. Brisbane trip soon!

    are you coming on the Brisbane trip? :)

    Yeap! Only decided on it today haha

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    I had a big night on Friday and Saturday morning at the woman's smashed me. Plus coming from the gong was a mission in itself. Still spent the entire match regretting that I didn't go to the Woolie. Good effort to all who went to the pub and to those that crossed the Tasman.

    Dude I went to the W-League on 2 hours sleep, after that I was at the Woolpack for 8 hours and went back today for the game :P But I am sooo tired. Brisbane trip soon!

    are you coming on the Brisbane trip? :)

    Yeap! Only decided on it today haha

    sweet I'll see you there :D

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    To everyone who made the effort to come to the Woolpack, good on you!

    Kinda stuck at King Tom. I'll be there next week.
    We were wondering where you were.

    What about us that went to Wellington??

     

     

    Ahaha i saw you with the RBB on tour flag ahahaha

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    Turners going soft, rather be patrolling the internets than be at the W-League with the RBB.

     

    Hands Up Turner!!

     

    Too many action shots not enough hands up..

     

    Less Golf Swing more RBB

    Edited by ATP

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