Wanderers bring the magic to Broadmeadow

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With both teams finally getting the chance to stretch their legs again after a Covid-enforced break, it was Western Sydney Wanderers that walked away champions over home side Broadmeadow Magic with a 3-0 win in their FFA Cup Round of 32 clash.

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It was a slippery start for both teams with the heavens opening at the exact moment of kick-off. It seemed the enforced Covid break may also have had an effect on Magic’s confidence as they came out looking shaky, however, the Wanderers were clinical and dominated from the start.

With both teams warming up with some back-and-forth game play, it was the visitors who began to show some aggression early in the match.

Despite this, it was Magic with the first real opportunity when Jarred Baker looked close to scoring but was denied after a last-minute pass went wrong.

A good save from Magic’s Shayne Van As saw the Wanderers denied their chance but the visitors weren’t giving up. Another opportunity arose with Alexander Badolato looking sure to score but just missing the net.

Two yellow cards saw both teams given prime scoring opportunities, but both failed to capitalise. It wasn’t until the 25th minute that Bernie Ibini opened the scoring as he tapped home from close range following a corner.

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Plenty of slips and falls began to plague both teams’ ability, and as the second-half drew closer, neither team managed to capitalise on any opportunities. The visitors continued to dominate until the half-time whistle and Magic went into the break scoreless.

As the second-half began, it was the visitors who looked primed and ready to bring the game home. The dominance proved too much again in the 47th minute with Badolato scoring a quick goal for his team, taking the score to 2-0.

This was quickly followed by another goal for the Wanderers with Steven Ugarkovic taking full advantage of Magic’s fatigue in the 51st minute with a cracking strike from distance.

Both teams looked to the bench on the 60th minute with Magic bringing on young gun Jayden Stewardson and the Wanderers opting to get Keijiro Ogawa on the field.

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On the 68th minute, the visitors were still dominating with 76 per cent of possession, as the home side failed to make the most of any opportunities that came their way. It appeared Magic were looking to the bench for hope with Jayden Ashbourne coming on at the 70th minute to replace Aaron Oppendisano.

Any hope left for Magic and their fans seemed to dwindle by the 73rd minute, with many of the home team’s supporters deciding to ditch the rain-soaked ground. A lucky save from Magic’s Van As in the 76th minute saw the home team remain safe from another goal going against them.

Unfortunately for the home side, the three extra minutes after full-time wasn’t enough to salvage a rain-soaked night. The visitors had dominated from kick-off and the result reflected that.

Broadmeadow Magic 0

Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Ibini 26’, Badolato 47’, Ugarkovic 51’)

Stadium: No. 2 Sportsground

Referee: Hassan Jomaa

Assistant Referees: Cameron Wright & Connor Markovich

Fourth Official: Stuart Hansen

Broadmeadow Magic: Shayne VAN AS (GK), Aaron OPPEDISANO (Jayden Ashbourne 70’), Jordan JACKSON (Dominik BRYMORA), Noah STEINERTS, Jacob HARRIS, Ryan ENSOR, Jacob DOWSE, Jack SIMMONS, Keanu MOORE (Jayden STEWARDSON 60’), Jarred BAKER (Anthony TAN 83’), Jeremy WILSON (C)

Unused Subs: Damon GREEN, Tom PARKS, Brad MACKENZIE (GK)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Thomas MEJIAS (GK), Adama TRAORE, Rhys WILLIAMS (C), Ramy NAJJARINE (Jordan SWIBEL 83’), Steven UGARKOVIC, Bernie IBINI (Alessandro LOPANE 83’), Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, Dimitri PETRATOS, Terry ANTONIS, Alexander BADOLATO (Keijiro OGAWA 60’), Thomas AQUILINA (Tate RUSSELL 73’)

Unused Subs: Ziggy GORDON, Mark NATTA, Daniel MARGUSH (GK)

Featured Image Credit: Newcastle Herald 

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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