The Western Sydney Wanderers ended their season tonight picking up a 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory.
Daniel Georgievski missed the game after suffering a groin injury at training and Kwame Yeboah was also absent. Pirmin Schwegler who announced his retirement midweek made his way into the starting lineup for his final game as a professional footballer after one season with the Wanderers, over a decade of Bundesliga experience and 14 caps for Switzerland including earning a spot in their South African World Cup squad. Marco Rojas was the big exclusion for the Victory, in a game that neither team had anything to play for.
The Wanderers got off on the front foot as Simon Cox linked up with Mitch Duke who cut back onto his right foot and fired into the block of a Melbourne defender. Matt Jurman would have been an unexpected route to the opening goal and he nearly found it with an outrageous attempted lob of Victory keeper Matt Acton, on his left foot he made Acton leap and knock the ball over the bar to keep it out. 20 minutes in Jurman was put into the notebook for a high boot that hit Storm Roux in the face. Melbourne Victory had their first shot on target through Lawrie-Lattanzio as he blazed very wide from a very long way out in the 21st minute and then again in the 25th which he shot straight at the keeper. Fulback Mathieu Cordier picked up the 2nd yellow card of the game as he tripped a Victory attacker who had managed to beat him for pace. Duke then tried an extravagant outside of the foot shot that was nowhere near on target.
Pirmin Schwegler added yet another Wanderer to the officials notebook as he picked up a yellow card for a mid-field entanglement. Lawrie-Lattanzio joined the Wanderers with him in the 32nd minute after tripping Keanu Baccus and bringing him to ground. Simon Cox injected a touch of class as he attempted a bullet header from the edge of the penalty area.
Schwegler then secured a goal in his final game and gave his team the lead in the 33rd minute. Dylan McGowan found Tate Russell on the right flank, he moved the ball quickly on for the run of Duke and his first time cut back evaded Jordan O'Doherty but not Cox. The striker laid the ball neatly into the path of the onrushing midfielder and Schwegler made no mistake with the finishing, a cool and collected left footed strike placed perfectly past Acton who was wrong-footed and didn't reacted as fast as he needed to get a hand to it.
The start of the second half opened with a shocking challenge from Aaron Anderson, with Duke flying up the wing the Victory teenager chose to go studs up into the back of Duke with no hope of getting the ball. It sparked a melee as players from both sides came together to argue the point and it was finished with Anderson picking up a well deserved yellow card. Leight Broxham then scythed down Mo Adam from behind with a scissoring tackle that earned him a yellow as well.
The Wanderers doubled the lead in the 61st minute through Jordan O'Doherty. Mo Adam nodded a Cordier long ball for Duke's run, he cross into the middle of the area and found O'Doherty and he lashed a left footed first time shot past Acton at the near post for his 3rd A-League goal.
Victory pulled one back immediately. A Broxham cross from the right hand side found Lawrie-Lattanzio who made a meal of the shot, but his atrocious miskick bounced right to Andrew Nabbout who was being played onside by McGowan, Ziegler and Prendergast despite being a bare 3 yards from goal, leaving Nabbout with no-one to stop him passing into the open net. Schwegler then took his leave of the game, receiving a standing ovation from the home crowd as Nick Sullivan came on to replace him. Nabbout put the ball in the back of the net in the 83rd minute after the Wanderers were caught trying to play out from the back but they were rescued by the offside flag as Tass Mourdoukoutas had stepped up just enough to keep the attacking player offside.
In stoppage time the Wanderers should have won a penalty as So Nishikawa cut down cut down Bruce Kama, but play continued with Kamau dinking the ball into the middle of the area with Mo Adam attempting a spectacular bicycle kick but coming up with nothing but air. It was the last major action of the game as the match and the season for the Wanderers ended with a 2-1 win.