Wanderers down Perth at Pirtek

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A wet and gloomy Sunday afternoon couldn’t deter the Wanderers faithful who were rewarded, as Western Sydney sparked their A-league season to life, downing Perth Glory at Pirtek stadium 1-0.

While a greasy surface and a cagey Perth made for some lacklustre play in the opening half it was Western Sydney who showed the most promise. Smart possession, clinical passing and a hunger to win the ball made for a half that was deservedly dominated by a home team eager to move off the bottom of the table.

Yet, while Scott Neville’s willingness to get forward and Dario Vidosic’s creativity roused the crowd and peppered some delightful moments throughout an otherwise standard opening session, the Wanderer’s efforts remained fruitless.

The former AFC Asian Champions would have to wait until the 44th minute to reap the benefits of their labour. Dario Vidosic neatly slotted a shot which slicked along the grass past former Wanderer Ante Covic who must have felt out of place in a stadium he used to call home.

Leading 1-0 into the half time break the second half retained much of the same flavour of the first.

Mark Bridge’s introduction in the 55th minute consolidated the Wanderer’s attack as the Hyundai A-League veteran’s experience meshed well with the enthusiasm of Mitch Nichols.

Dario Vidosic’s continued flair ensured he was the most dangerous player on the field.

Yet with the score remaining at 1-0 danger still lurked for the home team through the likes of Glory front man Guyon Fernandez.

A free kick in an inviting position offered a final hope for the visitors in the 87th minute when Nebojsa Marinkovic stepped up to the mark but his effort would not find the back of the net.

Four added minutes proved lengthy for the home crowd however the score was to remain at 1-0. The Wanderers leapfrog Perth Glory and gain some sense that their woes from last season are now behind them as they move into 7th place. Meanwhile it will be a long trip home for Perth who continue to struggle to find form against the Wanderers.

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George Vlotis
UTS Journalism graduate and football fanatic. Ex-NSW premier league player and now fortunate enough to be reporting on the A-League. Sydney is Sky Blue. Follow me @VlotisGeorge

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