Red & Black Football

O’Donovan’s shots sink lackluster Wanderers

A brace from Irishman Roy O’Donovan stunned an unimpressive Western Sydney Wanderers side Sunday evening at spotless stadium. The loss adding to the winless streak at Sydney Olympic Park this season after the Western Sydney side was forced to move their home stadium due to reconstruction.

The Red and Black dominated the game in all areas in the first half. That is, everywhere but the scoreboard. They were then made to pay for their lapses in the second half as Roy converted a penalty given away by Aspro for holding down a defender from a corner. Then once again chipping Janjetovic who had come off his line after a brilliant through ball.



Nichols once again looked a shadow of his former self, despite setting up Martinez then Antonis for efforts on goal. Nico being denied through a quick scramble by Izzo and Antonis firing one over the crossbar.

Santalab also showed that age does have an impact after Clisby delivered a cross to him unmarked on the back post before hitting the volley wide just minutes after subbing on.

However a win wasn’t on the cards for the Western Sydney faithful as the Mariners soared to their 3rd straight win and their first away clean sheet in 27 games. It was also only the 2nd time we have lost to the Coasties outside of Gosford.

Another sour note being that Dimas will have to sit out next weeks crucial derby against Sydney FC after picking up his 5th yellow of the campaign.



Questions have also arisen after some questionable choices from manager Tony Popovic. The decision to play Nichols as a false 9 has long been a cry of fans. The experiment didn’t work out and questions must be asked of Griffiths. After having a solid run last week, and not being selected in the ACL squad it was expected he would feature on Sunday as a starter or to come on for Santa.

Santa by the way, who scored 2 goals last week was rewarded with a spot on the bench for the first portion of the game. If you have a winning formula, why change it?

It begs the question, if he isn’t match fit, we have 8 games left + potential finals, how long will he take to get ready? And if he isn’t going to play then why did we sign him?

Another highly questionable tactic pointed out by everyone on twitter and the commentators was the instance with short corners. It has become synonymous with the Wanderers, but not one time has it resulted in a goal for us. The two times we played the ball directly into the box, the 1.95m tall Cornthwaite got his head to it for a shot on target. You would imagine that if he had 10 chances then at least 1 would go in.



Also the subbing on of Pinatares in the 85th minute for Baccus was strange, a CDM on for a CAM when chasing 2 goals.



0-1 CCM: Roy O’Donovan (pen.) 65′

Aspro conceded the penalty after dragging down a Mariners player inside the box. O’Donovan stepped up and sent Janjetovic the wrong way to convert the penalty.



0-2 CCM: Roy O’Donovan, 78′

A chipped through ball from Nick Montgomerey played O’Donovan in behind the defense, allowing O’Donovan then to chip Janjetovic to seal the game for the Coastal team.




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