Margush’s clean sheet delivers Wanderers win

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The Western Sydney Wanderers have overcome a trek out to Ballarat to emerge 1-0 victors over Western United on Sunday evening.

With Kenny Miller stepping in for a sick Carl Robinson, the Wanderers were up against it, yet found a way to overcome strong Western attacks and emerge with the three points.

The first half was a slow build up of intensity, but peaked in the few minutes just before the break.

The only atmosphere throughout the first 15 minutes came from the Western  cheer squad, but the quality slowly started to build from then.

While the Wanderers might have looked on top early, Western controlled the game for much larger portions after that.

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Iker Guarrotxena and Dylan Pierias created some strong chances, and usual suspects Alessandro Diamanti and Besart Berisha were their usual selfs. Buzzing around goal and creating opportunities from nothing.

Wanderers created some decent chances of their own, highlighted by a flick kick from Jordan Mutch off a short corner that would have been spectacular, had it only gone in.

A strong chance also came at about the 35th minute for Graham Dorrans, when his shot was deflected and then knocked away by Filip Kurto.

The ball came back in with a low cross, and a diving Kurto unfortunately copped a knee to the head for his troubles. After an extended injury break, Kurto was eventually subbed off in the 35th minute from a concussion, replaced by backup Ryan Scott.

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The second half started exactly like the first, with a significant lack of action on-field.

The whole game changed in the 57th minute when Jerry Skotadis – on his 21st birthday – muffed a regulation pass back to his keeper Scott, and was too slow to fix the error. As Jordan Mutch swooped to put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Wanderers.

Pierias was desperately unlucky to miss about 10 minutes later, as his shot went wide.

Diamanti weaved some magic towards the finish with a ball to the back post, yet the opportunity to Milanovic could not be converted as Daniel Margush once again stood strong.

Western threw everything they could in the dying minutes, but the Wanderers’ defence continued to hold up, giving them a deserved victory.

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Western United: 0

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Mutch 57′)

Western United: Filip KURTO (gk) (Ryan Scott 35′), Aaron Calver, Andrew DURANTE, Dylan PIERIAS, Tomoki IMAI, Besart BERISHA (Kaine SHEPPARD 89′), Steven LUSTICA (Luke DUZEL 66′), Connor PAIN, Alessandro DIAMANTI (c), Jerry SKOTADIS, Iker GUAROTTXENA (Nicolas MILANOVIC 89′)

Subs: Brendan HAMILL, Lachlan WALES, Kaine SHEPPARD, Ivan VUJICA, Luke DUZEL, Nicolas MILANOVIC, Ryan SCOTT (gk)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel MARGUSH (gk), Zygmunt GORDON, Dylan MCGOWAN (c), Bernie IBINI-ISIE (Kwame YEBOAH 60′), Mitchell DUKE (Simox COX 74′), Tate RUSSELL, James TROISI (Bruce KAMAU 60′), Graham DORRANS, Jordan MUTCH (Nicolai MULLER 73′), Daniel WILMERING, Mark NATTA (Keanu BACCUS 53′)

Subs: Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, Bruce KAMAU, Simon COX, Kwame YEBOAH, Keanu BACCUS, Nicolai MULLER, Noah JAMES (gk)

Feature image credit: Steve Christo

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Seb Mottram
Seb Mottram
Sports nut studying Media comms and Marketing at Monash.

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