It was an interesting week on and off the pitch for the Wanderers. We’ve put all the results and recent news together for you here; including W&Y-Leagues and recent and possible signings.
A-League: BRI 2-1 WSW
The Western Sydney Wanderers went down to Brisbane Roar in a rollercoaster of a match which saw the home side grab a late winner in the final minute of injury time. Brett Holman’s 93rd minute strike from outside the box was mishandled by Janjetovic who then had to helplessly watch the ball fall into the net. The goalkeeper had an otherwise great performance in an end-to-end game that could have gone either way. Brandon Borrello and Jumpei Kusukami grabbed the two 1st half goals and Scott Neville received two yellow cards, being sent off in the 82nd minute.
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The loss leaves the Wanderers in 8th place on the ladder, missing out on the opportunity to go 5th.
W-League: WSW 0-1 PER
It was similar heartbreak for the women in their final game of the season. The Wanderers hosted Perth at Popendetta Park and conceded an 82nd minute goal to Doeglas; giving Perth the win. However, on the plus, Perth’s win saw them take 2nd spot from Sydney FC.
The loss sees the Wanderers finish their season in 8th place with 4 wins.
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Canberra United, whom the Wanderers defeated last week, took out the Premiership with an impressive 5-1 win against Melbourne Victory.
The semi-finals take place next weekend, with Perth taking on Sydney at home and Canberra hosting Melbourne City.
Melbourne City defeated Sydney FC 3-2 to win the Y-League Grand Final.
In the end, the game was decided by a ‘last-kick of the game’ penalty to Melbourne City.
News and Rumours
Last week we announced that there were reports that the Wanderers are set to sign two ‘Attacking Players’ on the last day of the Transfer Window. It appears that at least one of those signings has been confirmed. SBS – The World Game broke the news on Friday 27 January that the club and Ryan Griffiths, winger/striker, had agreed to terms. During the telecast of the Brisbane game, it was confirmed that Griffiths had “put pen to paper” on the deal. However, the club has remained completely silent on the news.
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We do not have the specifics on the other player said to be set to sign but, with the transfer window closing 5pm Wednesday 1 February 2017, we can expect to have confirmation soon.
Another ‘rumour’ has come to light just last night. Former Wanderers great and current ‘Socceroo’ Matthew Spiranovic is rumoured to be in talks with the club. Possibly considered as unnecessary by some as we already have a number of Centre Backs and Spiranovic would not come cheap, he would still be an amazing pickup with the ACL nearing. This is particularly true as he is able to effectively play either CB or in the midfield.
In other news, former WSW striker Kerem Bulut has signed with German third division side SV Wehan Wiesbaden. Also, midfielder, Kearyn Baccus has recently been charged in relation to an alleged assault in a car park. The Wanderers declined to make any comment other than that they are aware of the matter and will await the Court’s determination. Baccus played the full 90 minutes against the Roar.
Stay tuned for more news as it comes in.
Edit: BREAKING NEWS – the club has sent a media alert that a new signing will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday 31 January, at training.
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