NPL Wrap: Wanderers held to draw against St George FC.

Our NPL NSW side has fought hard to earn a point against St George FC in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

It was a game that started in intense fashion with two goals in the opening two minutes, and ended with both sides feeling like they could have come away with the win.

After a tough run of form, the Wanderers got off to the perfect start when Ryley Hollingdale smashed in a free-kick into the top corner with less than a minute played.

However, a young Wanderers team let their inexperience show and unfortunately allowed St George to equalise almost instantly through Jaden Casella.

Despite the quick start, the first half was a cagey affair, with both sides’ defences eventually knuckling down and restricting opportunities, though debutant goalkeeper for the Wanderers Tristan Vodackovic and opposition keeper Mackenzie Syron both made key saves.

Hollingdale and Lual went close with consecutive chances after 24 minutes, whilst Vodackovic made a double save to deny Casella.

The second half was more of an open affair, with Dallo Sandy and Ryan Devine going close just after the break, whilst the home side had a goal disallowed for offside in the 67th minute.

The Wanderers hit the front with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game when Sandy cut inside and unleashed a shot that took a deflection and wrongfooted Syron, however St George once again hit back soon after.

A free-kick from the edge of the area was taken by Casella, and the man in-form scored as his effort curled into the far corner of the net.

Despite this, the Wanderers had the better of the play to end the game, and thought they had scored with the last kick of the game as Luke Nieuwenhof headed home, but before the celebrations could begin, the linesman’s flag went up for an offside in the build up.

Whilst the draw is somewhat frustrating, the Wanderers can be pleased with the performance and putting an end to their losing run.