Wanderers Weekend Wrap


Video highlights of the Hyundai A-League plus summaries of the Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League.

Hyundai A-League

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers have gone down 3-1 to the Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday night.

The match saw the return of a host of players including Shinji Ono, Tomi Juric and captain Michael Beauchamp to the side that came so close to defeating Melbourne Victory last week.

However despite scoring first and creating chances throughout the match the Wanderers were unable to hold off a fast-finishing Phoenix.

The Red and Black looked threatening from the outset and with sustained pressure and clever passing creating several opportunities throughout the first half.

After a number of chances and continued attacks the Wanderers finally took a deserved lead in the 62nd minute.

Following an extended period of possession Shinji Ono lobbed a pass over the defenders to Mark Bridge who finished sharply.

Five minutes later however the game was tied-up with a Tyler Boyd goal for the visitors.

A one-two put Stein Huysegems into space in the Wanderers penalty area and his ball across the face of goal was finished by Tyler Boyd at the back post.

Ten minutes later and Wellington took the lead with Huysegems this time the scorer.

A run into the box by the Belgian striker was finished with a shot into the bottom left hand corner.

Almost instantly Phoenix had their third and Huysegems his second with a back-heel off a Tyler Boyd cross securing the visitors the three points.

Westfield W-League

Western Sydney Wanderers failed to take advantage of a strong first half by falling to Melbourne Victory 2-0.

With the Wanderers creating chance after chance, Caitlin Friend shocked the Wanderers and put the Victory ahead just after half time before 16-year-old substitute Beatrice Goad sealed the win
with a precise shot.

It was a great performance that scared the top-of-the-table Victory but the final score left the Wanderers coaching staff ruing the missed opportunity to take the three points.

USA U23 Captain Camille Levin ran riot in the second half, consistently over-lapping on the left causing no end of trouble for the Victorians.

It was her run that gave the Wanderers their first good chance of the first half as her run set up Emily van Egmond’s for a cross. While the ball was looking to go straight to the unmarked
Jenna Kingsley at the back post, it didn-t dip enough and the ball flew millimetres over the wingers head.

On a roll the Red and Black continued to attack and before long the Wanderers were again close to scoring when Catherine Canulli-s lay-off set up van Egmond on the penalty spot but for the ball to go agonisingly wide of the post.

Not to be deterred, it was Levin again who started a combination move involving Cannuli and van Egmond for Garriock to latch onto. Unfortunately the shot from distance went just over the bar.

Shortly before the break livewire Linda O-Neill was stretchered off the park after a heavy collision with Lisa De Vanna, being taken to hospital for neck and head tests before being cleared of any injury.

The Wanderers went into the shed full of confidence and momentum but the game plan was undone just two minutes into the second half as Caitlin Friend poked home from inside the box.

Shocked initially, the Red and Black clawed their way back into the match and looked good for an equaliser before a counter attack with 13 minutes left saw Beattie Goad grab a second goal for Melbourne.

The result sees Wanderers outside of the top four but with three matches in eight days coming up a flurry of points will launch them back into the title race.

Foxtel National Youth League

Newcastle have held off a fast-finishing Western Sydney to register an exciting 4-3 win in their Foxtel National Youth League Round 10 fixture at Wanderers Oval on Sunday afternoon.

The Jets took a 1-0 lead into half-time and looked to have sealed the contest when they went 3-0 ahead midway through the second stanza but the Wanderers staged a spirited late comeback to ensure a thrilling finish.

The Jets took the lead with a well-worked play that saw right winger Radovan Pavicevic sprint onto a nice through ball and into the penalty area before calmly steering a low shot into the far corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

The Jets increased their lead midway through the second half when Mitchell Oxborrow swung a free kick into the box that was helped by the wind to go over the head of substitute goalkeeper Thomas Manos and into the top corner of the net.

Newcastle added another goal just moments later when Bradbery did well to get on the end of a long ball and scoot into the box where he fired a low shot under Manos and into the far corner to make it 3-0.

The Wanderers pulled one back just a minute later when Nicholas Olsen fired a low shot to the bottom of the far corner to make it 3-1.

Newcastle looked to have sealed the contest when Bradbery scored his second goal four minutes from full-time when he took a cross from Pavicevic and showed great footwork and skill to poke home at the near post to make it 4-1.

To their credit the Wanderers never gave up and they made it 4-2 when skipper Jake McGing was on the end of a lovely cross from James Baldacchino to steer it in at the back post.

The visitors ensured a thrilling final few moments for the Newcastle crowd when substitute Sean Symons fired a sizzling shot from just inside the box that flew into the top corner of the net to make it 4-3 in injury time.

But the Jets held on for the final few moments to ensure they took all three points.