Wanderers secure first home win

It may have taken a trip to Campbelltown Stadium but Western Sydney Wanderers have picked up their first home win of the season as they saw off Newcastle Jets 2-0.

Looking for their first victory in seven games the Wanderers started strongly with Lachlan Scott heading wide, a Jaushua Sotirio effort deflected for a corner and Kearyn Baccus blasting a shot high all within the first few minutes.

With five minutes played, Western Sydney continued to threaten with Mitch Nichols this time rifling a shot at Jack Duncan who managed to keep hold of the ball despite a fumble. 

After fifteen minutes, the red and black again went on the offensive with Sotirio having another shot deflected narrowly wide of goal before Nicolas Martinez couldn’t control a volley from the top of the box.

Slow out of the gate, Newcastle showed signs of life in the 25th minute with a counter attack ending in a Devante Clut shot that was well off target.

In a breathless proceeding few minutes both sides had their chances with the Jets going closest through Jason Hoffman who curled an effort wide.

As a thrilling first half drew to a close Clut put another shot wide of goal after some eye catching build up from the Jets before the Wanderers grabbed a deserved goal.

Nineteen-year-old Scott grabbing his first A-League goal as he finished strongly past Duncan after an incisive ball into the box by Baccus in the 44th minute.

With the Wanderers taking a 1-0 lead into the second half, the game struggled to match the intensity of the first as both sides started to tire in the Campbelltown sun.

In need of an equaliser, the Jets laboured forward with Hoffman denied a chance to shoot in the box by an excellent diving tackle from Jonathan Aspropotamitis after 63 minutes.

Holding their own at the back, Western Sydney would double their lead in the 68th minute when Sotirio deftly slotted home a Dimas pass across goal.

As the Jets looked all but out of the contest, super sub Brendon Santalab almost put the game to bed on 77 minutes when he headed on target only for Duncan to make a solid save.

The game would however end 2-0 with Newcastle never really threatening neither a comeback or consolation goal as they mustered just one shot on target.

For the Wanderers it was a convincing all round performance from them as they picked up consecutive cleansheets and a crucial win to leapfrog the Jets into seventh on the ladder.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Scott 44’, Sotirio 68’)
Newcastle Jets 0

Stadium: Campbelltown Stadium
Crowd: 9,477

Referee: Matthew Conger
Assistant Referees: Allyson Flynn and Greg Taylor
Fourth Official: Kris Griffith-Jones

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran, 3. CLISBY Jack (5. HAMILL Brendan 83’), 6. NICHOLS Mitch, 8. DIMAS (Yellow Card 53’), 10. MARTINEZ Nicolas (14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei 75’), 12. NEVILLE Scott, 15. BACCUS Kearyn (Yellow Card 48’), 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 18. CORNTHWAITE
Substitutes: 1. TYSON Jerrad, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 24. ANTONIS Terry

Newcastle Jets: 20.DUNCAN Jack, 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel, 6. UGARKOVIC Steven (Yellow Card 55’, 28. KOUTROUMBIS John 81’)), 8. POLJAK Mateo, 9. KOKKO Aleksandr (12. SAWYER Harrison), 15. NABBOUT Andrew, 16. COWBURN Nicholas, 18. MA Lei Lei, 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 23. CLUT Devante (2. MULLEN Daniel 59’)
Substitutes: 2. MULLEN Daniel, 11. HALITI Labinot, 12. SAWYER Harrison, 28. KOUTROUMBIS John, 50. ARCABA Tomislav

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