Wanderers miss out on their first three points in another draw

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Carl Robinson’s “foundation” was tested in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

After last week’s draw against Sydney FC, the Wanderers were looking to gain their first three points against the Jets.

Red mist accompanied the grey clouds to create the perfect setting for this round two clash as a noisy atmosphere spurred the teams on to perform a game of cat and mouse.

In a combative kick-off, possession of the ball lingered with the Jets and frustration grew as the Wanderers struggled to shift the dynamic into their favour.

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By the 11th minute, Newcastle had made numerous attempts on goal with the Wanderers racing to prevent the scales from tipping.

The Jets pressure finally paid off in the 18th minute as they were awarded a penalty for a Rhys Williams foul and Beka Mikeltadze slotted it home.

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This was a turning point for the hosts as they picked up their game with multiple attempts at the net midway through the first half and eventually forward Bernie Ibini secured the first goal of the season for Western Sydney in the 42nd minute.

By half-time the game was even which meant the second half would be key.

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The second-half of the game exploded with ambition as the Wanderers forward Tomer Hemed scored their second goal after just three minutes of play resuming.

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Three minutes later, Olivier Boumal scored a goal despite goalkeeper Thomas Meijas getting a hand on it, which meant the score was 2-2.

Both teams were eager to secure their first win of the season and the next 20 minutes consisted of fluctuations in the crowd’s excitement with near goals as the teams ran back and forth on the pitch attempting to score a decisive goal.

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Despite some late excitement, neither team could find the breakthrough as Robinson’s side once again had to settle for a draw.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Ibini 42′, Hemed 49′)

Newcastle Jets 2 (Mikeltadze 19′, Boumal 52′)

CommBank Stadium

Referee: Ben Abraham

Assistant Referees: Andrej Giev, Brad Wright

Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Western Sydney Wanderers: Tomas MEJIAS (GK), Rhys WILLIAMS (C), John KOUTROUMBIS, Thomas AQUILINA (Tate RUSSELL 60′), Adama TRAORE, Steven UGARKOVIC, Terry ANTONIS (Jack RODWELL 59′), Dimitri PETRATOS,  Bernie IBINI-ISEI, Tomer HEMED, Ramy NAJJARINE (Keijiro OGAWA 59′)

Unused Subs: Daniel MARGUSH, Jordan SWIBEL, Mark NATTA, Alexander BODOLATO, Zygmunt GORDON

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Matthew JURMAN (c), Dane INGHAM, Jason HOFFMAN (Dylan MURNANE 60′), Jordan ELSEY, Beka MIKELTADZE, Olivier BOUMAL (Savvas SIATRAVANIS 77′), Daniel DOS SANTOS PENHA (Eli BABALJ 77′), Kostandios GROZOS (Jordan O’DOHERTY 60′), Kuach YEUL (Samuel SILVERA 69’), Angus THURGATE

Unused Subs: Michael WEIER, Riley WARLAND

Featured image credit: Aleks Kostadinoski

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Paloma Darjani
Paloma Darjani
Covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

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