Wanderers secure late draw with Melbourne City

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Western Sydney Wanderers have salvaged a 1-1 draw with Melbourne City, the third game in a row they’ve shared the points at Spotless Stadium.

Tim Cahill gave City the lead just after halftime and Western Sydney looked destined for defeat. Lachlan Scott forced Neil Kilkenny into putting the ball into his own net at the start of injury time to secure the Red & Black a point.

Looking for their first win at Spotless Stadium, the Wanderers were on top early with returning striker Kerem Bulut twice caught offside in promising positions and handed a yellow card inside the first seven minutes.

In the eighth minute, Jumpei Kusukami was fed through on goal, only to be fouled on the top of the box with Manny Muscat given a yellow card and the Red and Black unable to make anything out of the resulting freekick.

City were themselves getting forward well with Osama Malik volleying high over goal in the fifteenth minute before Jerrad Tyson was forced into a save at his near post on 24 minutes.

Both sides were lacking a cutting edge up front with Bulut and Scott Neville shooting wide after 30 minutes for Western Sydney while a failed bicycle attempt from Tim Cahill didn’t help City’s accuracy in front of goal either.

With halftime approaching the Wanderers survived a scare at the back with Bruce Kamau missing a certain goal with Tyson caught off his line and then countered through Nicolas Martinez who found Neville at the far post only for his header to be put wide for a corner.

After the break it was Western Sydney who looked more likely to break the deadlock and Bulut thought he had done just that in the 50th minute only for the offside flag to be raised with replays showing he looked onside.

Lucky to still be level, City then went up the other end and made it 1-0 five minutes later through Cahill who did well to tap home a Fernando Brandan cross that was flicked on by Bruno Fornaroli to leave Tyson stranded.

Growing in confidence following the goal, Melbourne City started to control the tempo of the game with the Red & Black denied much of the ball and unable to do much with it when they had it.

Despite looking dead and buried, 19 year old Scott was able to rescue a point for the Wanderers when he forced Kilkenny to put the ball into his own net at the start of injury time following a cross from Jack Clisby.

Western Sydney are yet to find their win at their new home ground but will be happy to salvage a point in a fairly scrappy contest with a Melbourne City outfit who never really hit their stride.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Scott 90′)
Melbourne City 1 (Cahill 55’)

Spotless Stadium
Attendance 14,232

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: James Tesoriero and Andrej Giev
Fourth Official: Kris Griffith-Jones

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1.TYSON Jerrad, 3. CLISBY Jack, 6. NICHOLS Mitchell, 8. DIMAS, 9. BULUT Kerem (23. SCOTT Lachlan 67’), 10. MARTINEZ Nicolas, 12. NEVILLE Scott, 13. PINATARES Bruno (15. BACCUS Kearyn 63’), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei (16. SOTIRIO Jaushua 73’), 17. BORDA Aritz, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan.
Substitutes: 20. REDMAYNE Andrew, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 23. SCOTT Lachlan 

Melbourne City: 20. BOUZANIS Dean (1. SORENSEN Thomas 46’), 2. MUSCAT Emmanueal, 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 6. MALIK Osama (4. CHAPMAN Connor 61’), 8. KILKENNY Neil, 10. CACERES Anthony, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 17. CAHILL Timothy (26. BRATTAN Luke 65’), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 27. BRANDAN Fernando
Substitutes: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 12. FITZGERALD Nick, 18. RETRE Paulo, 26. BRATTAN Luke

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A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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