NPL 1 Wrap: Clinical Blacktown defeat Wanderers

The Wanderers Academy National Premier League 1 first grade team have wrapped up their season with a 5-2 loss against Blacktown City at Lily Homes Stadium on Saturday night.

Blacktown were wasting no time continuing their hot run of form, scoring four goals in quick succession. Matt Lewis, Grant Lynch, and a Hassan Jalloh brace gave City a large lead just 16 minutes into the half.

It wasn’t until the half-hour mark until the Wanderers worked their way back into the game with some chances falling to Ali Auglah, who would have opened the scoring for the Red & Black if not for some brilliant saves from Blacktown goalkeeper Dylan Niski.

In the 37th minute of the game, Lochlan Constable was brought down inside the box, and it was Constable himself who converted his penalty to give the Wanderers some hope.

The flurry of goals dried up in the second half as Patrick Zwaanswijk’s men looked more solidified at the back.

More chances fell to Ali Auglah, however it was Hassam Jalloh who scored the next goal and completed his hattrick in the 75th minute of the game.

The Wanderers struck back just four minutes later with a superb left-footed effort from Auglah, as he was finally rewarded for a good performance.

Ultimately, though, Auglah’s goal wasn’t going to spark a comeback for the Red & Black who were made to pay for a slow start to the match.

Blacktown City 5 (Matt Lewis 3’, Hassam Jalloh 6’, 16’, 75’, Grant Lynch 12’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Lochlan Constable 38’, Ali Auglah 79’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 40. Oliver KALAC (GK), 2. Thomas AQUILINA (28. Nector TRIANTIS 80’), 4. Mohamed AL TAAY (c), 5. Noah PAGDEN, 7. Jarrod CARLUCCIO, 9. Dauntae MARINER (16. Connor ROSE 80’), 11. Lochlan CONSTABLE (26. Alessandro LOPANE 75’), 17. Dean PELEKANOS, 19. Rory JORDAN, 21. Ali AUGLAH, 22. Paolo BONANNI (15. Joel BERTOLISSIO 62’)
Unused Substitutes: 50. Jack GIBSON (GK), 24. Peter GROZOS