Western Sydney Wanderers battled their way to thrilling 3-1 extra time win over Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take out their maiden National Youth League Grand Final win.

Melbourne City opened the half a sharper side than their opponents and courtesy of some slick passing gave the Wanderers little chance to escape their own end.

Zachary Bates and Dylan Pieras were pulling the strings during the opening chapter for City and were predominantly involved as the chances began mounting.

Joshua Cavallo attempted to squeeze his free kick past Nicholas Suman at the near post and shortly after Denis Genreau pushed wide before cutting a low cross forcing a frantic clearance from Jonathan Aspropotamitis at the edge of the six yard box.

The Wanderers began to find their rhythm in the latter stages of the opening half with Lachlan Scott heavily involved in the action after the striker looked to have found the opener with his bullet header at the far post but was flagged offside for his effort on the stroke of the interval.

The gridlock was almost broken immediately at the start of the second half when Scott linked up with Manyiel Majok but the prolific striker was tussled out of a shot. City replied immediately with a launching shot from Cavallo but his attempt flashed wide.

Tense end to end chances continued until City eventually broke the gridlock in the 53rd when Bates was brought down by Mohamed Adam inside the box. Captain Denis Genreau stepped up to the plate and calmly slotted his shot into the top left corner providing Melbourne City with the opener.

Against the run of play the Wanderers equalized when Majok and John Roberts linked up down the right flank before shifting the ball out to Scott at the far post who prodded the ball perfectly into the bottom corner to level the scores.

A plethora of close chances failed to find their mark and the match was destined to be decided in extra time.

A moment of pure class from Scott provided to be the decisive moment for the Wanderers after he wove his way through the City defence before slipping a ball to Marc Tokich who smashed it home to give Western Sydney the lead ten minutes into the extra time period.

Just shy of the final whistle the Wanderers sealed the historic win when John Roberts surged down the right wing before powering his shot into the bottom left corner to see off the victory for the Wanderers.

Melbourne City FC: 1 ( BATES Zac 54′)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 3 ( SCOTT Lachlan 70′, TOKICH Marc 101′, ROBERTS John 111′)

Mcdonald Jones Stadium

Referee: Andrew Meimarakis

Melbourne City FC

44. BATES Zachary, 38. CAVALLO Joshua, 42. DELIANOV James (gk), 51. DELIC Marko, 41. DERRICK Lucas, 15. GENREAU Denis (c), 50. LANNUCCI Gianluca, 45. KARLIC Mark, 39. LESIOTIS Anthony, 34. METCALFE Connor, 48. NAJJARINE Ramy, 36. PIERIAS Dylan, 43. PORTELLI Lucas, 40. SOZER Yaren

Western Sydney Wanderers

14. ADAM Mohamed, 5. CORDIER Mathieu, 10. GROZOS Kostandinos, 3. HALL Jordon, 12. KUKU Abderlrahman, 7. MAJOK Manyiel, 4. MONGE Fabian, 17. NAJIAR Moudi, 11. ROBERTS John, 2. RUSSEL Tate, 9. SCOTT Lachlan, 1. SUMAN Nicholas (gk), 8. TOKICH Marc

 

Feature image credit: Western Sydney Wanderers FC

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.