Western Sydney defeated in Wanderland against Macarthur

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After defeat in the FFA Cup to APIA Leichhardt Tigers earlier in the week, Western Sydney Wanderers needed to bounce back. Quickly.

But despite a vocal Red and Black Bloc, Wanderers failed to find the back of the net, ultimately overrun 2-0 by crosstown club Macarthur FC.

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It started early for Macarthur. A foul in the 6th minute had Bernie Ibini scrambling to stop an attempt on goal, heading the ball to safety.

Shortly after Western Sydney saw a chance on goal via a hopeful assist from Ogawa but were unsuccessful. Two minutes later, the Wanderers had another opportunity but were stopped by Macarthur goalkeeper Filip Kurto.

The 30-minute mark saw a series of events with Troisi almost netting a goal for Western Sydney which was blocked by Macarthur’s Craig Noone, followed by Macarthur coming close to setting the tone with the ball just grazing the net.

At the 35th minute, Wanderers were dominating possession of the ball but couldn’t surpass Macarthur’s defence, despite optimistic attempts from Aquilina.

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Aquilina soon returned the gesture by saving another optimistic run by Macarthur’s M’Mombwa in the next minute.

By half time the score was 0-0, with the Wanderers prevailing in ball possession and attempts at the goal even though, unsuccessful.

In the first seconds of the second half, a yellow card was administered to Wanderer Dimitri Petratos in an incident where he and opposition Craig Noone both jumped for a header and Petratos’ elbow collided with Noone’s face.

Macarthur forward Lachlan Rose was close to scoring a goal in the 52nd minute with Wanderer’s goalkeeper astray from his post. Although offside, the crowd was off their seats.

In the 61st minute Macarthur replaces Oar and Toure with Liam Rose and Jake Hollman followed by a goal scored three minutes later by Tomislav Uksok, putting Macarthur in the lead.

Macarthur’s Jack Hollman scored his first A-League goal in the 73rd minute proceeding the Wanderers subbing Aquilina for Russell and Ogawa for Najjarine.

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The remaining time resulted in Western Sydney scrambling to even the playing field which got more difficult as they neared full time.

Tensions were high as a miniscule confrontation brewed between Wanderers’ Rhys Williams and Macarthur’s Tomislav Uskok.

The game ended in disappointing defeat for the Wanderers with a final score of 0-2 and, after a string of poor results, those vocal supporters who filled Wanderland with noise are beginning to get restless.

Western Sydney Wanderers 0
Macarthur 2 (Tomislav Uskok 64’, Jake Hollman 73’)

 

CommBank Stadium

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin, Ashley Beecham
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Western Sydney Wanderers: Tomas MEJIAS (GK), Rhys WILLIAMS (C), John KOUTROUMBIS, Thomas AQUILINA (Tate RUSSELL 74’), Adama TRAORE, James TROISI, Steven UGARKOVIC, Terry ANTONIS (Alessandro LOPANE 85’), Dimitri PETRATOS, Bernie IBINI-ISEI, Keijiro OGAWA (Ramy NAJJARINE 73’)
Unused Subs: Daniel MARGUSH, Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, Mark NATTA, Jordi SWIBEL

Macarthur:  Filip KURTO (GK), Lachlan ROSE (Michael RUHS 87’), Thomas OAR (Liam ROSE 61’), Al Hassan TOURE (Jake HOLLMAN 61’), Daniel De SILVA, Craig NOONE (c), Charles M’MOMBWA, Tomislav USKOK, Adrian MARIAPPA, Aleksandar SUSNJAR, Moudi NAJJAR (James MEREDITH 83’)
Unused Subs: Nick SUMAN, Jake MCGING, Jack MCLOUGHLIN

 

Feature Image: Steve Christo

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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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