The Western Sydney Wanderers NPL 2 team have stretched their unbeaten run to eight games after a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Bonnyrigg Sports Club on Saturday night.
Mohamed Adam and Noah Pagden found the net for the Wanderers with Mark Symington and Bradie Smith scoring for Bonnyrigg.
The Red & Black had a difficult start, falling behind in the sixth minute after a volleyed strike from Symington.
However, the Wanderers got themselves back into the contest equalising ten minutes later.
Once again it was Adam, who scored for the seventh game in a row after finding space in the penalty area and smashing the ball low past the goalkeeper.
As the Red & Black pushed to take the lead, Lochlan Constable and Bailey Rule had shots blocked before Adam went close with an effort which was deflected behind.
Just after the half-hour mark Fabian Monge started a counter attack, spreading the ball wide to Adam, with Adam’s cross only just evading Marley Peterson and Jarrod Carluccio in the middle.
A minute later, a quickly taken corner saw Constable in space, and his shot curled inches wide of the goal.
There were fewer chances in the second half, but Adam continued to look lively, and he won the ball off the defence before firing a long-range effort over the crossbar.
With fifteen minutes left, Wanderers substitute Rory Jordan almost set up a goal after breezing past a defender and whipping in a great cross which Peterson couldn’t quite reach.
In the 81st minute, the Wanderers took the lead after Adam's free kick was parried by the goalkeeper with Noah Pagden reacting quickest to put the side 2-1 in front.
Bonnyrigg threw everything at the Red & Black with Wanderers goalkeeper Jack Greenwood commanding his penalty area well.
Unfortunately, just as it looked like the Wanderers would hold onto the win, Bradie Smith finished from close range in the third minute of stoppage time to make it 2-2.
Despite the late goal, the Wanderers remain on top of the NPL2 and the Academy had another weekend where they were undefeated in all seven grades.
The Wanderers NPL 2 side travel to Seymour Shaw this Sunday for their next match to take on St George City. Kick-off is at 6:00pm.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2 (Mark Symington 6’, Bradie Smith 90+3’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Mohamed Adam 17’, Noah Pagden 81’)
Western Sydney Wanderers: Jack Greenwood, Bailey Rule, Mohamed Al Taay, Noah Pagden, Daniel Wilmering, Andrea Agamemnonos, Fabian Monge, Lochlan Constable (Rory Jordan 69’), Jarrod Carluccio (Jacob Vasiliou 77’), Marley Peterson (Presley Ortiz 89’), Mohamed Adam
Unused substitutes: Elliot Carwardine, Adrian Valenti
U20: Bonnyrigg 0-4 WSW
U18: Bonnyrigg 1-3 WSW
U16: Canterbury 0-0 WSW
U15: Canterbury 0-7 WSW
U14: Canterbury 0-7 WSW
U13: Canterbury 2-3 WSW