Another big week for the Wanderers has come and gone. Two new players have joined the squad at the closing of the Transfer Window and we grabbed a win over in New Zealand. We’ve put all the results and recent news together for you here.
A-League: WEL 1 – 3 WSW
The Western Sydney Wanderers returned to winning ways this week, downing the Wellington Phoenix in New Plymouth. The game saw Brendon Santalab return to the starting 11, bagging two goals as thanks. Nico Martinez was also at his best, toying with the Wellington defence all match and grabbing a goal and an assist for his troubles. The lone Wellington goal came from a controversial penalty, converted by Shane Smeltz, but any hope of a comeback was diminished when Smeltz received his marching orders for a second yellow card in the 76th minute.
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The Wanderers can breathe a sigh of relief after the game began in an all too familiar way. Santalab looked to have opened the scoring earlier when the linesman’s flag denied him, despite clearly being onside. Tony Popovic said, in the post-match interview, that he was worried after the disallowed goal that it was going to be ‘another one of those’ games. The penalty was also controversial with Kearyn Baccus ruled to have intentionally handballed in the box while sliding with his hand behind him. A snapshot of both incidents is below. You be the judge and let us know what you make of them.
Despite the controversy, the better team won on the day. The win sees the Wanderers move from 8th place to 6th on the ladder, well in the mix for the finals series.
For a more detailed run down, check out our Match Review.
W-League: Finals Series
The W-League semi-finals were held on the weekend.
The reigning champions Melbourne City caused an upset, knocking out this year’s Premiers, Canberra United, with an extra time goal to seal a hard fought 1-0 win.
The other semi-final of the weekend was not so close. Perth Glory thumped Sydney FC 5-1. This leaves Sydney FC with no silverware for the season, despite having numerous chances to lock up the premiership.
The Final, between Melbourne City and Perth Glory, will take place next Sunday, 07:30PM, at NIB Stadium in Perth.
News and Rumours
We previously reported that the Wanderers were to set to sign two ‘Attacking Players’ at the end of the Transfer Window. During the week, the club officially announced those signings as Ryan Griffiths and Stefan Zinni. Click here for more details on these players and all of our ‘ins and outs and nearlies’ during the January Transfer Window.