The Western Sydney Wanderers remain undefeated for the Foxtel National Youth League season after a 3-2 win over Central Coast Mariners at Marconi Stadium.
Lachlan Scott opened the scoring with his third goal in two games before Mario Shabow and Tariq Maia sealed the result in the second half.
Apart from a nervous final five minutes it was a dominant performance with the score line not truly representing what was a comfortable victory for the Red & Black.
With Golgol Mebrahtu the only overage player on either team, it was a very energetic start which was the home team open the scoring as Scott hit home a rebound after Mebrahtu’s initial shot was saved.
The midfielder made no mistake to make it 2-0.
The second period opened in the worst possible fashion for the Wanderers with Adam Berry equalising for the Mariners with his shot hitting the underside of the crossbar, bouncing over the line and back into the field of play.
Hope was not lost though and it was Lachlan Scott who made something happen.
The centre forward collected the ball out wide, beat his opponent and cut inside before shooting. While his shot was saved, the rebound fell to Tariq Maiai who calmly side-footed home the winner.
Next Sunday the Red & Black travel to Lambert Park in Leichhardt for the NYL Sydney Derby. Kick-off is at 7pm.
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