Wanderers end victory drought in clash with Western United

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Western Sydney Wanderers put on an impressive performance for their home crowd at CommBank Stadium, defeating Western United 1-0.

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The face-off between Western Sydney Wanderers and Western United started out like a tug-of-war match.

Both sides kept equal possession of the ball early on, managing to bypass their opposition’s defence and break into the penalty box.

Western United were constantly shut out of the goal box though, conceding multiple corners to Western Sydney and having their first goal attempt soar above the crossbar.

The Wanderers on the other hand, created a few chances to open the scoring early on. Yeni N’gbakoto was by far the most aggressive player on the field, making three attempts at the goal in the first 20 minutes.

N’gbakoto’s offensive efforts paid off in the 28th minute when the forward chased down a stray pass from Aidan Simmons in the penalty area and launched the ball into the back of the net.

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The Wanderers continued to dominate the goal box, making multiple attempts over the next 15 minutes of play, but failing to secure another goal.

In the last few minutes of the half, Western United made two attempts at scoring an equaliser, but couldn’t convert their chances.

The first half ended with the Wanderers leading 1-0.

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Western Sydney came into the second half determined to double their score, creating three scoring opportunities in their first 10 minutes back on the field.

After Lawrence Thomas saved a shot from United’s Connor Pain, the Wanderers retaliated by launching a rapid assault on their goal, firing four shots in the next three minutes.

An injury to Western United’s Tongo Doumbia and heat stroke overcoming Joshua Risdon led to a triple substitution from John Aloisi in the 66th minute. Nicolas Milanovic and Rhys Bozinovski came on to replace Risdon and Doumbia, while Aleksandar Prijovic was switched out for Noah Botic.

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The fresh legs seemed to inject new life into Western United, with Nicolas Milanovic and James Troisi both finding scoring opportunities in the 68th minute. But Milanovic couldn’t get his shot past Thomas and Troisi’s shot just missed to the right.

But the tide quickly shifted back in the Wanderers’ favour, with Western Sydney invading United’s goal box again and again.

The Wanderers almost secured their second goal in the 80th minute when a through ball by Brandon Borrello found the back of the net. However, the goal was disallowed as Romain Amalfitano was found to be offside.

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In the dying minutes of the match, Western United tried desperately to even the scoreboard but they couldn’t convert any chances by the final whistle.

With that, the Wanderers ended their four-game victory drought.

Next week, Western Sydney Wanderers will clash with Sydney FC, hosting the second Sydney derby of the season at home. While Western United will return to Melbourne to play against Adelaide United.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Yeni N’Gbakoto 28’)
Western United 0

CommBank Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald & Brad Wright
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Western Sydney Wanderers: Lawrence Thomas (GK), Gabriel Cleur, Adama Traoré, Tomislav Mrčela, Marcelo (C), Oliver Bozanic (Miloš Ninković 76’), Romain Amalfitano (Jarrod Carluccio 87’), Yeni N’Gbakoto, Brandon Borrello, Calem Nieuwenhof, Aidan Simmons (Morgan Schneiderlin 76’).

Unused subs: Daniel Margush (GK), Daniel Wilmering, Nathaneal Blair, Alexander Bonetig.

Western United: Jamie Young (GK), Jacob Tratt, Tomoki Imai, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Joshua Risdon (C) (Nicolas Milanovic 66’), Lachlan Wales (Dylan Pierias 73’), Tongo Doumbia (Rhys Bozinovski 65’), Neil Kilkenny, Connor Pain, James Troisi (Alessandro Diamanti 73’), Aleksandar Prijović (Noah Botic 66’).

Unused subs: Ryan Scott (GK), Ben Collins.

Featured Image Credit: Steve Christo

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Jasmine Singh
Jasmine Singh
One of the two journalists covering the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners for the 2022/23 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) / Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. A true crime addict and dog lover.

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