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Jul 18, 2022   |  1:58PM AET

League One Wrap: Dominant performance sees Wanderers snatch all three points against Hakoah

League One Wrap: Dominant performance sees Wanderers snatch all three points against Hakoah

A dominant second half performance from the Western Sydney Wanderers FNSW League One side secured a 5-2 victory against Hakoah and put them on the cusp of promotion to the NPL.

After finding themselves 2-1 down at half-time, the side scored four unanswered goals to secure victory, with Jarrod Carluccio bagging a double at Wanderers Football Park.

The Wanderers started well, with Aidan Simmons having an early chance, before a great team move led to Alex Badolato having a golden opportunity in the 17th minute, but he dragged his shot just wide.

They would rue that missed opportunity as the visitors opened the scoring in the 25th minute, as Conor Earley’s fierce effort from distance flew into the net.

The Wanderers responded eight minutes later, when Zac Sapsford played in Carluccio, and the winger deftly dinked the ball over Nikolas Loe to equalise.

Parity would not last long, though, as just two minutes later, Simmons was adjudged to have fouled Eric Ziu in the box; Luiz Lobo stepped up and sent Jck Gibson the wrong way to put his side back into the lead.

With so much on the line in this game, the Wanderers needed a strong second half, and that’s exactly what they got, as two penalties would put them in front for the first time.

Alessandro Lopane and Badolato were both fouled within minutes of each other, and both times they stepped up to the plate and converted from the spot and changed the momentum of the
game.

Carluccio would get his second goal in the 64th minute, as he was able to get onto the end of an Aiden Mostofi cross and score from close range.

The scoring was rounded out in stoppage time by substitute Connor Rose, whose header from a Daniel Wilmering corner was his ninth of the season.

The win means the young Wanderers stay in first on 39 points; promotion will be confirmed with a draw in their next match against SD Raiders, or if Northern Tigers fail to win their game in hand on Tuesday.