NPL 2 Wrap: 5-star Wanderers make it back-to-back wins


Western Sydney Wanderers have claimed consecutive wins in the NPL 2 NSW with a thumping 5-0 victory over Mounties Wanderers.

Braces from Ali Auglah and Alessandro Lopane as well as an Alex Badolato strike highlighted an impressive display from the Red and Black at Wanderers Football Park.

After monsoonal conditions against Northern Tigers the week before, Western Sydney took to the pitch fully confident in their ruthless passing game.

It didn’t take long for it to pay off with Auglah opening the scoring in the seventh minute, his run finished off with a pinpoint strike into the top left corner.

Mounties responded well but Wanderers soon had their second through Lopane, the forward finding space well inside the box before receiving, turning, and firing into the roof of the net in one swift motion.

Western Sydney, technically the away side in this fixture, continued to flex their muscles and the Mounties defence would crack twice more before the break.

Badolato was the scorer of the third on the 35th-minute mark with a composed finish from a cross. Having been denied by the goalkeeper minutes earlier, he made no mistake when gifted a second chance.

Auglah then completed his brace three minutes before half-time after his run was rewarded with a perfect through ball. The striker showed his skill with a calm finish one-on-one with the keeper.

At 4-0 the match was over as a contest but Patrick Zwaanswijk made no changes at the break, encouraging his troops to maintain the pressure.

Mounties fired a few shots themselves with Jack Warshawsky called into action, making a couple of fine saves to maintain his clean sheet.

Western Sydney didn’t let up however and Badolato was unlucky not to notch a brace himself after his audacious chip crashed off the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

It was Lopane however who would double up with a carbon copy of his first goal, turning and finding the roof of the net with an unstoppable shot.

That’s where the scoring would end with the five goal display entrenching the Red and Black in the top four.

Patrick Zwaanswijk’s side will travel to Lily Homes Stadium next Saturday to face Hills United as they aim for a hat-trick of wins.

Western Sydney Wanderers 5 (Auglah 7’, 43’, Lopane 21’, 66’, Badolato 34’)
Mounties Wanderers 0

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. Jack WARSHAWSKY (GK), 4. Mohamed AL TAAY (15. Alexander BONETIG 81’), 12. Nectarios TRIANTIS, 3. Phillip CANCAR, 7. Jarrod CARLUCCIO, 22. Dean PELEKANOS (10. Reuben AWARITEFE 66’), 11. Lochlan CONSTABLE, 29. Alexander BADOLATO (24. Peter GROZOS 76’) , 21. Isaac HOVAR, 14. Alessandro LOPANE (17. George ANTONIS 81’), 9. Ali AUGLAH

Unused Substitutes: 18 Oliver KALAC (GK), 19. Bilal CHAHINE