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    Wanderers Ease Past Bonnyrigg


    mack

    The Western Sydney Wanderers are through to a quarter final against Melbourne City following their 2-1 win against Bonnyrigg tonight in the FFA Cup.

    After a 10 minute feeling out period, the Wanderers mounted their first serious attack on the Bonnyrigg goal and it paid dividends. Roly Bonevacia combined down the left flank with Alexander Baumjohann with a neat 1-2 pass that setup Baumjohann to score his first goal in Wanderers colours with a nice stab toward goal. Bonnyrigg were limited to chances on the counter or from set pieces and they failed to trouble the Wanderers defence, the first 45 ending 1-0 to the Wanderers.

    2 minutes into the second half Roly Bonevacia & Baumjohann broke through the Bonnyrigg defence, unfortunately for the Wanderers Baumjohann had strayed marginally offside, and he mis-controlled the pass in any case.

    On 55 minutes Brendan Hamill looked certain to score from a corner. Baumjohann fired in a hard cross that was flicked on by a Bonnyrigg defender, Hamill had made a good run to the far post and from 2 yards out Hamill connected with a side foot volley that on second viewing appeared to have been turned onto the crossbar by the goalkeeper.

    Bonnyrigg had two chances in quick successful, the best coming by Peterson turning Ziegler inside out until he came across the path of Risdon & Hamill, forcing the attacking onto the by line before his shot went straight into the arms of Nizic.

    A dubious free kick lead to Bonnyrigg's equaliser. 20 odd yards out from goal, Tynan Diaz curled in the free kick up and over the wall and crashed past the glacial Danjiel Nizic, who has been the Wanderers worst player in these two FFA Cup games this season.

    The bouncing ball in the Bonnyrigg penalty area near lead to a second for the Wanderers, as Riera & Baumjohann combined for the attacking midfielder to strike on ball, only to see it saved & dribble out behind for a corner. The second goal finally came from the resulting corner. After the initial cross was cleared out to the wing, Patrick Ziegler made the goal with steadfast ball control on the edge of the area, his low cross into the middle found Hamill who sliced a quality low header onto the base of the far post.

    While the result wasn't the strongest, the Wanderers dealt with Bonnyrigg in open play and had enough quality in attack to run out the 90 minutes victorious. Going into the Quarter Final with 7 other teams with the draw as follows:
    Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers
    Bentleigh Greens vs Heidelberg
    Apia Leichardt vs Adelaide United
    Avondale FC vs Sydney FC

    Edited by mack

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    21 minutes ago, Taurus said:

    He did, he brought on a fullback to play RW, when he had LS & JS on the bench.

    I put it down to a lack of confidence in the available cattle.

    A number of the lads expected to be in the u19 Young Socceroos training camp, weren't selected

    The app I was using didn't have any subs.

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    3 hours ago, btron3000 said:

    Except for the price! But hey, gotta make your cash when the big boys come to town.

     

    3 hours ago, MartinTyler said:

    Yeah the price was steep but the quality was there; couldn't believe that they were still selling them after full time !!

    Expensive?  What are you on about? I got 2 for $3!

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    8 minutes ago, Edinburgh said:

     

    Expensive?  What are you on about? I got 2 for $3!

    where did you get it? from the homeless guy who picked it off the ground that is half eaten?

    quality?? it's a goddamn cevapi on fancy turkish roll. that isn't 10 dollars.

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    1 minute ago, thefairy said:

    where did you get it? from the homeless guy who picked it off the ground that is half eaten?

    quality?? it's a goddamn cevapi on fancy turkish roll. that isn't 10 dollars.

    Food thread?

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    Thought our right hand side of Fitz & Risdon looked really good in the first half. Seemed to work together nicely & link up very well with the 10. Could of had a couple of assists if Reira had a better first touch. Not sure why we changed our game plan & decided to overload the left channel the entire second half.

    Roly doesn't work as a winger. Pretty simple. 

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    If Roly is on the bench and only used as cover for ABs, then its a waste of a VISA signing.

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    Just now, Erebus said:

    If Roly is on the bench and only used as cover for ABs, then its a waste of a VISA signing.

    Its looking like that unless he lifts his game

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    Roly has been a waste of a visa signing.

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    Why does everyone always say Roly is a number 10?

    Has he ever played number 10 before coming to us and failing miserably at it?

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    14 minutes ago, T1m said:

    Why does everyone always say Roly is a number 10?

    Has he ever played number 10 before coming to us and failing miserably at it?

    Doesn't matter what 'number' he is playing; currently not worth a visa spot.

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    On 29/08/2018 at 10:23 PM, ZachMercer said:

    Good to see the lumberjack in action.

    Treejack, please get it right. I prefer the literal translation :lol: 

    22 hours ago, Paul01 said:

    Not sure why Markus didn't sub anyone tonight.

    Did you see the bench? :lol: 

    14 hours ago, Stokz said:

    Our midfield was bullied by both Darwin/Bonno.

    Are we surprised though? Essentially a NYL pairing at the base of midfield & a 10 who played his first 90 of the season.

    13 hours ago, wswtragic said:

    And ABJ learned quickly last night that Australian referees aren't going to protect him from getting the treatment.

    I think at FFA cup level, the NPL teams are a little more agricultural & the game is refereed with this in mind.

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    Roly, he was a perfect signing in Popa’s team for last season. Ever since Gumby came in, he hasn’t been able to find his best position.

    I agree it’s a waste that Roly will be used as a utility as a visa player off the bench. It’s a shame, he was absolutely desperate to come to our club & put on a show for us. Shame he has never had a platform or performed at the level we needed him too.

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    1 minute ago, Prydzopolis said:

    Treejack, please get it right

    Did you see the bench? :lol: 

    Are we surprised though? Essentially a NYL pairing at the base of midfield & a 10 who played his first 90 of the season.

    I think at FFA cup level, the NPL teams are a little more agricultural & the game is refereed with this in mind.

    All the more risk for genuinely expensive players - ridiculous challenges should be snuffed at every level, and they're even worse on poor quality grounds (and make no mistake - that field last night had more dimples in it than my ass).

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    7 minutes ago, wswtragic said:

    All the more risk for genuinely expensive players - ridiculous challenges should be snuffed at every level, and they're even worse on poor quality grounds (and make no mistake - that field last night had more dimples in it than my ass).

    It isn’t the worst ground & the players have had a number of games to amclimatise to the venue.

    The game at the professional level is about entertainment & referees allow much more leeway than at grass roots when the referees are more focused (or should be) on players safety. 

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    Speaking of challenges, Galloway should have gone off for his ridiculous studs up lunge late in the game.

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    On the performance, let’s not read too much into BWE. There is a reason why they are getting relegated from NPL1, didn’t offer much in attack & made up for the difference in quality by physically trying to make their mark.

    Lets just be thankful that we did enough to get through to the next round without any injuries, the players got another 90 minutes under the belt & things look 100x better than they were under Gumby last season.

    How nice is it to see the players been able to get passed the 60 minutes without looking dead on their feet?

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    The commentary mentioned that Babbel had spoken about how he felt the team was physically underdone and they've been working hard on fitness.

    I'm not getting carried away. Winning is great, but our performances haven't been great, especially in defence. When does the Quarters finals start? City were probably the worst team we could have drawn, Fornaroli looks like he'll have a field day against our midfield and defence.

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    5 hours ago, Stokz said:

    Some thoughts:

    Our midfield was bullied by both Darwin/Bonno.

    We went long so many times. 

    The number #10 looks the goods.

    Hammill has grown immensely over the last 18 months.

    Roly shouldnt be starting. 

    Nizic..... amateur

    Ask yourself who's missing & why that may be so.

    Answer - Baccus Jnr

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    1 hour ago, T1m said:

    Why does everyone always say Roly is a number 10?

    Has he ever played number 10 before coming to us and failing miserably at it?

    Pretty sure thats where he played for Wellington.

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    17 minutes ago, Taurus said:

    Ask yourself who's missing & why that may be so.

    Answer - Baccus Jnr

    Is O'Doherty injured?

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    1 hour ago, Taurus said:

    Ask yourself who's missing & why that may be so.

    Answer - Baccus Jnr

    I will be pleasantly surprised if Baccus Jnr is our answer to not being bullied in midfield.

    This is against average state league opposition as well.

     

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    Couple of comments.
    1. BWE were apparently relegated because of the rules that combine results of all teams, not just NPL.  Phil Moss (co-Com) said they played much better last night than he had previously seen them against Manly - 2 different sides.

    2. We looked like a team that is mid-preseason with new players finding their way and the manager trying to get fitness levels up.  It must be difficult to prepare for a game like this in mid-preseason when you are working the boys hard, focussing on particular aspects of the game and fitness, not honing the final product.  We looked like a work in progress - some really good stuff and some ordinary stuff.

    3. No-one really stood out as ready for the season.  Riera's touch wasn't great.  Treejack showed some good stuff but needs to be much more clinical.  Risdon is getting back to fitness.  The back line are solid without being dominant as yet.  There was some good movement forward, rather than around in circles. The front 4 played well together without being clinical.  There was good movement of the ball, although passes aren't yet as tight as they will need to be (comms commented on the pitch being a little worn in places). Roly was no worse than the others - watching the game again (1st half - the 2nd everyone dropped off), he did some good stuff on and off the ball, both taking players with him and pressing high, was good.  He, like everyone else needs to raise the level significantly.  He was caught at times without support - passes to him drew him into isolated space or no-one around for quick release.  He and Treejack were often double teamed.  Riera seemed to be playing more a role of holding the ball up and laying off.  He didn't get a lot of usable service in scoring places (bad touch a couple of times)

    4. Roly and Fitz weren't playing as wingers.  They are wide midfielders with Risdon and Llorente in wing back roles.  I like the set up and I thought the front four had some good combinations, such as in the 1st goal.  There is a lot of promise but needs much more work with tighter crisper passing.  I liked that we were  little more direct and intentional instead of passing around the horseshoe of players around the penalty area.

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    36 minutes ago, BoyFromTheWest said:

    Couple of comments.
    1. BWE were apparently relegated because of the rules that combine results of all teams, not just NPL.  Phil Moss (co-Com) said they played much better last night than he had previously seen them against Manly - 2 different sides.

    2. We looked like a team that is mid-preseason with new players finding their way and the manager trying to get fitness levels up.  It must be difficult to prepare for a game like this in mid-preseason when you are working the boys hard, focussing on particular aspects of the game and fitness, not honing the final product.  We looked like a work in progress - some really good stuff and some ordinary stuff.

    3. No-one really stood out as ready for the season.  Riera's touch wasn't great.  Treejack showed some good stuff but needs to be much more clinical.  Risdon is getting back to fitness.  The back line are solid without being dominant as yet.  There was some good movement forward, rather than around in circles. The front 4 played well together without being clinical.  There was good movement of the ball, although passes aren't yet as tight as they will need to be (comms commented on the pitch being a little worn in places). Roly was no worse than the others - watching the game again (1st half - the 2nd everyone dropped off), he did some good stuff on and off the ball, both taking players with him and pressing high, was good.  He, like everyone else needs to raise the level significantly.  He was caught at times without support - passes to him drew him into isolated space or no-one around for quick release.  He and Treejack were often double teamed.  Riera seemed to be playing more a role of holding the ball up and laying off.  He didn't get a lot of usable service in scoring places (bad touch a couple of times)

    4. Roly and Fitz weren't playing as wingers.  They are wide midfielders with Risdon and Llorente in wing back roles.  I like the set up and I thought the front four had some good combinations, such as in the 1st goal.  There is a lot of promise but needs much more work with tighter crisper passing.  I liked that we were  little more direct and intentional instead of passing around the horseshoe of players around the penalty area.

    Finally someone not being critical on Roly. I believe he's actually having a good pre-season, scored a few goals and was involved with the first goal last night.

    It's so funny with all the Roly hate here. It's like watching the latest fashion or fade go around.

     

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    Keanu has served his suspension now so I'm keen to see him in the next game.

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    I read on the Fox Sports website that Arnie spoke about the Olyroos (not the Young Socceroos) camp he ran last week. I wonder if any of our players were involved so unavailable.

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    7 hours ago, Thommo said:

    Pretty sure thats where he played for Wellington.

    It’s not. He was a holding midfielder or CDM. His move to Wanderers was supposedly to give him options to move further forward.

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    20 minutes ago, Upthehill said:

    It’s not. He was a holding midfielder or CDM. His move to Wanderers was supposedly to give him options to move further forward.

    When Roly started at Ajax it was as a centre back.

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    7 hours ago, MartinTyler said:

    Is O'Doherty injured?

    Nope, another Gumby signing

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    6 minutes ago, Taurus said:

    Nope, another Gumby signing

    Gumby signings

    Tongyik, o’Doherty, Kamau, Fitzgerald. 

    Babbel signings so far

    Ziegler, Baumjohann, Nizic plus Grozos and Tass to senior contracts.

    Edited by Paul01
    Correction

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    1 hour ago, Paul01 said:

    Gumby signings

    Tongyik, o’Doherty, Kamau, Fitzgerald. 

    Babbel signings so far

    Ziegler, Baumjohann, Nizic plus Grozos and Tass to senior contracts.

    Probably not fair to compare them. Gumby was locking down a younger set of players as early as possible, I can respect that. He wasn’t able to look at any real quality at that exact time

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