Wanderers dominate 10-man contest against Mariners

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Western Sydney Wanderers put on a dominant display for their home crowd, defeating the Central Coast Mariners 2-0 following two red cards.

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Fuelled by the chanting sea of Red and Black, the Wanderers were on the prowl for an early goal.

In the opening 20 minutes of the match, Western Sydney had managed to infiltrate defences and fire off strikes five times while the Mariners were kept out of the goal area consistently.

The Wanderers’ offensive efforts paid off in the 26th minute when Brandon Borrello received a cross from Amor Layouni and managed to overcome Danny Vukovic, finding the back of the net in a one-on-one face-off with the goalkeeper.

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The Mariners were keen to return the favour. Just 10 minutes later, Samuel Silvera launched a long range shot, but the ball soared over the crossbar.

The Mariners continued to be shut out of the goal box, with both James McGarry and Jason Cummings’ strikes being blocked by the seemingly impenetrable Wanderers.

In the concluding minutes of the half, the Mariners relentlessly tried to even the scoreboard. Jacob Farrell launched a shot that flew over the goal box, while Cummings was denied again by a save from Lawrence Thomas.

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With the Central Coast’s last attempts falling through, the first half ended with Western Sydney in the lead.

The game took a turn for the Wanderers early into the second half when their captain Marcelo was shown the red card for a sliding tackle that took out Storm Roux in the 52nd minute.

Just when it looked like the Mariners would be able to crawl their way back into the contest with the man advantage, the Wanderers doubled the score when Romain Amalfitano received a pass from Calem Nieuwenhof and fired a fierce strike into the net in the 60th minute.

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Things continued to get worse for the Mariners in the 64th minute when Béni Nkololo copped a red card for violent conduct after elbowing Tomi Mrcela in the goal box.

The playing field had been evened now with both teams having to play with only 10 men.

The Central Coast powered on, trying desperately to get a tally on the scoreboard. But even though the Mariners created plenty of scoring opportunities, they struggled to convert their chances.

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During the injury time, Christian Theoharous tried twice to score a goal for the Central Coast. His first shot was saved by Thomas and the second was blocked.

Those failed attempts served as the final nail in the coffin for the Mariners and the match ended with the Wanderers taking the victory.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Brandon BORRELLO 26’, Romain AMALFITANO 60’)
Central Coast Mariners 0

CommBank Stadium

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields & Mi Suk Park
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Western Sydney Wanderers: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), Gabriel CLEUR, Adama TRAORE, Morgan SCHNEIDERLIN, Tomi MRCELA, Marcelo (C), Amor LAYOUNI (Nicolas MILANOVIC 89’), Romain AMALFITANO (Milos NINKOVIC 90+4’), Yeni NGBAKOTO (Tom BEADLING 55’), Brandon BORRELLO (Kusini YENGI 90+4’), Calem NIEUWENHOF
Unused subs: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Oliver BOZANIC, Jarrod CARLUCCIO

Central Coast Mariners: Danny VUKOVIC (GK) (C), Joshua NISBET (Marco TÚLIO
62’), James MCGARRY, Maximilien BALARD (Nicholas DUARTE 81’), Samuel SILVERA (Cameron WINDUST 62’), Jason CUMMINGS, Beni NKOLOLO, Harrison STEELE, Storm ROUX (Sasha KUZEVSKI 76’), Jacob FARRELL, Daniel HALL (Christian THEOHAROUS 62’)
Unused subs: Yaren SOZER (GK), Maksim KASALOVIC

Feature 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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