Wanderers’ belief pays off with shock upset of high-flying Melbourne City

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In one of the biggest upsets of the 2022/23 A-League Women season so far, Western Sydney Wanderers shocked Melbourne City 2-0 on Sunday to end their winless streak.

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The Red and Black entered Sunday afternoon’s game at Wanderers Football Park without a win in their past six matches placing them 10th on the ladder.

However, the Wanderers tasted success for the first time this season thanks to goals from Sheridan Gallagher and Olivia Price.

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Despite their winless streak going into the match, Western Sydney Wanderers coach Kat Smith claimed her side’s confidence never wavered.

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“Despite the results, internally we know we looked good from the progress we were making and the momentum that comes with that,” Smith said.

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In the 12th minute, Daniela Galic delivered to Hannah Wilkinson, who fired straight at keeper Jordyn Bloomer.

Five minutes later the Wanderers had an opportunity to take the lead when a turnover from City allowed Sarina Bolden to play Price in behind the lines.

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However, her shot was not successful.

Western Sydney were able to take the lead just minutes before half-time after a deflected and wind-assisted shot from Gallagher made its way over Sally James and into the back of the net.

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“We maintained our belief week in and week out that we’re on the right track. It takes days like today to turn your season around and I’m so proud of the girls,” Smith said.

For City, it was a tough Sunday afternoon as they struggled to create chances across 90 minutes.

Taking the armband at the opening whistle, Rhianna Pollicina had City’s most promising chance of the first half via a set-piece, but saw her attempted free-kick go just over the bar in the 34th.

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Just 10 minutes into the second half, it was 2-0 when the hosts forced a high turnover and worked the ball to Price atop the box in a position in which she could fire home.

“You can’t underestimate the effort and the work rate that happens when we’re in possession,” Smith said.

“This win will boost the girls’ spirit and energy heading into upcoming games. We are still finding our feet, but this is a very promising start.”

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Feature Image Credit: Steve Christo

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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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