League One Wrap: Wanderers overpower Mounties in goalfest

The Western Sydney Wanderers League One side has returned to winning ways, putting on an attacking masterclass to defeat Mounties Wanderers 5-2 at Wanderers Football Park.

A double from Alex Badolato, and goals from Alessandro Lopane, George Antonis and Aiden Mostofi helped take the Wanderers goal tally to a staggering 17 goals in just four games.

With both teams keen to avenge last round defeats, it was a tight first 20 minutes, with few chances for either side.

The Wanderers would break through on 23 minutes though, with Badolato finishing off a beautiful team goal involving Jordi Swibel and captain Dean Pelekanos.

Buoyed by the goal, their attack began to flow, with Swibel and Issac Hovar having chances to double the advantage.

The Wanderers eventually scored two goals in quick succession just before halftime, with Antonis latching onto a Mostofi pass to smash the ball past the Mounties keeper, before Lopane scored the goal of the afternoon with a 25 yard piledriver flying into the top corner.

Mounties regrouped, and managed to get a goal back on 57 minutes through Brad Bartles, his deflected effort evading Jack Gibson in the Wanderers goal.

Any thoughts of a comeback for the away side were quickly extinguished though, as Badolato was able to pounce on a loose ball in the box and grab his second goal of the afternoon.

Substitute Connor Rose then put in a peach of a cross for Mostofi to head in at the back post for the Wanderers’ fifth.

Mounties would grab another goal through Bartels after the Wanderers defence was dispossessed, but the damage was already done.

The win lifts the Wanderers to second on the table, and sets up a mouthwatering top of the table clash with Northern Tigers this Sunday at Wanderers Football Park.