Wanderers stun Adelaide to claim rare away win

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It was an upset that not many saw coming, but the Western Sydney Wanderers came to Coopers Stadium and ended Adelaide United’s three-game winning streak on Wednesday night. 

United couldn’t have started better as they changed their tune and decided to open the scoring in the first 10 minutes through a divine free-kick into the top-left corner by Craig Goodwin. 

Despite this, Western Sydney were still able to stick with the Reds as the rain went from spitting to pouring, in fact the visitors dominated possession for the first half with over 55%. 

It then took until the 30-minute mark, before Remy Najjarine equalised for the Wanderers to silence the weather bearing home fans.  

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The second half did not produce any clearer skies, but it was an inspired Wanderers side, that may be more used to the wet weather in recent weeks, that came out the half-time break charging. 

However, they struggled to find the finishing quality they desperately desired. 

But sometimes quality isn’t always needed as after five attempts at it, the Wanderers were finally able to break the deadlock. 

A perfect corner had the ball bobbling about the goal line like a cork in the ocean, until Phillip Cancar was able to tap it in from point-blank range.  

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Quality is something that the Reds have in an abundance with names such as Goodwin, Isaias and Javi Lopez on the pitch. However, they were unable to produce that quality for a full 90 minutes. 

Whilst the comeback kids in Mohamed Toure and Nestroy Irankunda struggled to spark the Reds to life like they have so many times this season.  

Adelaide only looked threatening when Goodwin was stood over a dead ball – and that happened to be their only avenue to goal.  

A disappointing 2-1 loss for Adelaide, whilst the Wanderers get a huge win away from home against a top-three side.   

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Najjarine 26’, Cancar 75’) 

Adelaide United 1 (Goodwin 8’) 

Stadium: Cooper Stadium 

Referee: Daniel Elder 

Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream, Henry Day 

Fourth Official: Daniel Cook 

Sydney FC: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Ramy NAJJARINE (Zygmunt GORDON 84’), Steven UGARKOVIC, Bernie IBINI-ISEI, Tate RUSSELL, Tomislav MRCELA, Keanu BACCUS, Dimitrios PETRATOS (Terry ANTONIS 58’), Phillip CANCAR, Jarrod CARLUCCIO (Keijiro OGAWA 58’), Thomas AQUILINA 

Unused Subs: Adama TRAORE, Tomer HEMED, Alessandro LOPANE, Tomas MEJIAS (gk) 

Adelaide United: Joe GAUCI (GK), Louis D’ARRIGO (George BLACKWOOD 54’), Ryan KITTO (Nestory IRANKUNDA 71’), Isaias, Craig GOODWIN (C), Hiroshi IBUSKI, Javier LOPEZ, Zach CLOUGH (Joe CALETTI 71’), Michael JAKOBSEN (Alexandar POPOVIC 61’), Lachlan BARR, Lachlan BROOK (Mohamed TOURE 61’)  

Unused Subs: George BLACKWOOD, Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, Steven HALL (GK) 

Featured image credit: Steve Christo

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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