NPL Wrap: Wanderers defeated in the Sydney Derby

Our NPL NSW side has fallen to a 3-0 defeat in the Sydney Derby on Sunday afternoon.

Two goals in the first half set the visitors up, and they added another one in the second half to
condemn the Wanderers to defeat at Wanderers Football Park.


Looking to arrest a poor run of form, coach Andrew Christiansen shifted to a three at the back
formation, bringing in Ricky Fransen and employing Jesse Cameron and Ryan Devine as
wing-backs.


After a tight opening period to the game, the away side took the lead when Mathias Macalister scored from close range in the 15th minute.


The Wanderers attempted to hit back, with chances falling to Cameron and Luke Nieuwenhof –
starting his first game for the season – but the first was saved by the goalkeeper and the second went wide of the goal.


The visitors grabbed a second just before half time when Macaliser got on the end of an Oscar
Fryer cutback and swept the ball past Lucas Sinnott.

Antony Barbic almost got one back straight away with a powerful effort from distance, but it
fizzed just wide of the upright.


In an attempt to wrestle back control of the game, Christiansen introduced Marcus Fernandez
and reverted to a back four, and the substitute went close with an acrobatic header in the 54th minute.


Cameron had a strong volley blocked by the defence, before our opponents grabbed a third
goal just after the hour mark through Tiago Quintal.


It was a difficult afternoon for the Wanderers, who now sit in fifth place level on points with
Sydney United; another clash at home awaits them on Saturday when they host Wollongong.