NPL Wrap: Wanderers breeze past Hills

The Western Sydney Wanderers NPL 2 first grade team have won their third consecutive match in a row after a 4-1 triumph over Hills United at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday afternoon. 

A Mohamed Adam double, plus goals from Daniel Wilmering and Marley Peterson, led the Wanderers to victory, with Daine Merrin getting on the scoresheet for Hills.

There was almost an early chance for Adam after he was played in behind the defence, but Hills goalkeeper Shaun Catlin beat him to the ball.

The Wanderers were then put under pressure with Hills striking the crossbar, whilst Nicholas Suman also had to make a solid save to deny Nathan Rayner. 

Midway through the first half, the Wanderers had their first real opportunity when John Roberts broke down the right and crossed for Wilmering, but his header was blocked.

The Red & Black had further chances through Adam and Roberts, then with halftime approaching Suman was called upon to keep the scores level, making an excellent one on one save from Rayner. 

The Wanderers came out for the second half with all guns blazing and were in front a few minutes later after the restart. It was Wilmering who made it 1-0, netting his first goal of the season after reacting quickest to Peterson's deflected shot.

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A minute later, Adam almost doubled the Wanderers lead beating a defender in the area before firing just over the crossbar. 

There was a setback just after the hour mark when Hills equalised through Merrin, but the Wanderers didn't let their heads drop and were soon back in front. 

It was a nice play in the buildup as Roberts evaded two opponents and found Wilmering, who whipped in a great cross for Adam to volley the ball home. 

The Wanderers pushed to extend their lead and Wilmering tested Catlin with a shot from inside the penalty area before Marley Peterson tried a shot from distance which went over. 

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As Hills pushed for an equaliser, Suman showed he was up to the challenge, making two incredible saves in quick succession to keep us in front. 

The saves would prove crucial, as a minute later Peterson raced onto Fabian Monge’s excellent through pass, slotting the ball past Catlin to double the Wanderers lead.

It got even better in stoppage time, as Adam made it 4-1 with a deflected shot which landed in the top corner.

The victory keeps the Wanderers in second place on the table with the Red & Black now only one point behind league leaders Spirit FC. 

In the earlier games, the U20s lost 2-0 but the U18s had a comfortable 6-0 victory.

The Wanderers will be looking to extend their winning streak this Sunday when they meet Rydalmere Lions at Sydney United Sports Centre. Kick-off is at 3:00pm. 

Western Sydney Wanderers 4 (Daniel Wilmering 49’, Mohamed Adam 65’ 91’, Marley Peterson 88’)
Hills United 1 (Daine Merrin 62’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Nicholas Suman (c), Thomas Aquilina, Mohamed Al Taay, Noah Pagden, Mathieu Cordier, Andrea Agamemnonos (Lochlan Constable 73’), Fabian Monge, Marley Peterson, John Roberts (Jarrod Carluccio 77’), Daniel Wilmering, Mohamed Adam
Unused substitutes: Jack Greenwood, Mark Natta, Rory Jordan

Other results:
U20: WSW 0-2 Hills Utd
U18: WSW 6-0 Hills Utd
U16: WSW 3-0 Rydalmere
U15: WSW 6-0 Rydalmere
U14: WSW 6-0 Rydalmere
U13: WSW 7-0 Rydalmere