Bonevacia-inspired Wanderers clinch upset win at Adelaide

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Roly Bonevacia saved Vedran Janjetovic’s blushes with a second-half strike which allowed the Wanderers to surge past Adelaide United and claim a vital three points.

Another lapse at the back from Adelaide, this time from a free-kick, saw Wanderers take the lead early as Oriol Riera showed beautiful technique to bury a header from a Roly Bonevacia curler.

That was almost overshadowed as VAR bought some controversy into the fixture as play was called back in the 16th minute for an earlier foul on Jordy Thomassen inside the box.

Though controversial, Vedran Janjetovic wound back the clock to produce a remarkable diving save from the Craig Goodwin penalty to retain the Wanderers lead.

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Few other moments bought the crowd to their feet as both teams battled for ascendancy, until Ryan Kitto arrived centre-stage to breathe life into a flagging fixture.

Courtesy of a terrible punch-away by Janjetovic, the ball trickled out to a waiting Ryan Kitto with plenty of time and space, to slot a stinging shot past Janjetovic for the leveler.

The Wanderers had ridden their luck at times but it finally counted for something as Roly Bonevacia took matters into his own hands via a wildy deflected shot which left Paul Izzo flat-footed.

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The misery piled on for United as Roly Bonevacia combined with Abraham Majok, who made use of his considerable pace to get clear of the defence and seal the game with a delightful lob to make it 3-1 to the Wanderers.

The result means Adelaide miss the chance to further consolidate fourth spot ahead of a tough fixture against a resurgent Newcastle Jets while Western Sydney welcome ladder-leaders Perth Glory next week.

Adelaide United 1 (Kitto 43′)

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Riera 9′, Bonevacia 53′, Majok 71′)

Coopers Stadium

Referee: Daniel Elder

Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo

Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Adelaide United squad:  3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 7.Ryan KITTO (32.Carlo ARMIENTO 85′), 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c),  11.Craig GOODWIN, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 19.Jordy THOMASSEN, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Jordan ELSEY (2.Michael MARRONE 89′), 31.Mirko BOLAND (10.Ken ILSØ 73′).

Unused Substitutes: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 5.Brendan HAMILL (c), 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (22.Rashid MAHAZI 80′), 9.Oriol RIERA (10.Alex BAUMJOHANN 76′), 11.Bruce KAMAU (12.Mitchell DUKE 67′),  13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH,  28.Roly BONEVACIA, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 49.Abraham MAJOK.

Unused substitutes: 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk), 14.Mathieu CORDIER.

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A student at University of South Australia who hopes his writing disguises his lack of sporting prowess and a fan who masquerades his choice in mediocre teams as being hipster

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