The Western Sydney Wanderers NPL 2 team have earned their first win of the 2018 NPL 2 season on Saturday night after defeating Rydalmere Lions 2-0 at Sydney United Sports Centre.
Lachlan Scott was the hero on the night, scoring a goal in each half to lead the Red & Black to victory.
The Wanderers showed their intent from the opening whistle with Abraham Majok firing a dangerous cross across the face of the goal in the first minute.
Majok also had the next opportunity, shooting just wide after a neat turn.
The Red & Black found the opener in the 25th minute after Majok’s shot from distance was blocked and the resulting scramble saw Scott pounce to make it 1-0.
Rydalmere was quick to respond and Wanderers debutant goalkeeper Elliot Carwardine had to be alert to punch a dangerous cross to safety while Tate Russell made an excellent tackle seconds later.
Russell went on to then make a crucial interception before Tass Mourdoukoutas did brilliantly to clear a cross with Rydalmere players lurking inside the Wanderers penalty area.
The Wanderers continued to push for a second after the break with Mohamed Adam charging through the middle before shooting over the crossbar.
John Roberts also had a couple of chances to extend the Red & Black’s lead.
On the hour mark, the Red & Black brought on Sam Silvera who instantly was in the thick of the action as he picked out Majok, only for Majok to miss-hit his shot.
However, the Wanderers would double their lead soon after as Scott found the net with a thumping header.
Scott then had a couple of chances to complete his hat-trick with a number of shots flying over the crossbar.
Rydalmere made one last push for a consolation goal, but Wanderers goalkeeper Carwardine capped off a solid debut performance with a couple of good saves.
The Wanderers NPL 2 team play their next game on Easter Sunday against Mounties Wanderers at Sydney United Sports Centre. Kick-off is at 1pm.
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Lachlan Scott 25’ 66’)
Rydalmere Lions 0
Western Sydney Wanderers: Elliot Carwardine, Mohamed Al Taay, Tate Russell, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Daniel Wilmering, Abdelrahman Kuku, Fabian Monge (Tacettin Kumsuz 86’), Mohamed Adam (Oliver Puflett 70’), John Roberts (Samuel Silvera 60’), Abraham Majok, Lachlan Scott
Unused substitutes: Daniel Axford, Noah Pagden
U20s: WSW 0-0 Rydalmere
U18s: WSW 0-0 Rydalmere
U16s: WSW 2-0 Central Coast
U15s: WSW 1-2 Central Coast
U14s: WSW 1-1 Central Coast
U13s: WSW 5-0 Central Coast