NPL Wrap: Wanderers go down to St George

On Sunday evening, the Western Sydney Wanderers NPL 2 team were defeated 3-0 by St George FC at Lily Homes Stadium. 

Goals from St George's Marcus Beattie, Juan Carlos Romero, and Bradley Bartels wrapped the night up for the home side. 

Evan Tsakos had the first chance for the Wanderers on five minutes, finding space on the edge of the area and shooting wide. 

A few minutes later, Marley Peterson went for goal with a 30-yard free-kick and the effort was saved by St George keeper Anthony Costa. 

Wanderers winger Jacob Vasiliou was looking lively in the opening period and he had a long-range strike blocked by the defence. 

Vasiliou was involved again just after the half-hour mark and his dangerous cross was scrambled to safety by Costa. 

Unfortunately, the Red & Black fell behind in the 33rd minute as Marcus Beattie found the net for St George FC. 

As halftime approached, the Wanderers created a chance with some great team play. Vasiliou switched the ball to the left side for Adrian Valenti and he crossed for Peterson, who fired a volley inches wide of the post. 

The boys were under pressure at the start of the second half and Mohamed Al Taay did well to block a shot from close range. 

The Wanderers were then unlucky to not equalise on 58 minutes when Tsakos beat an opponent and had a go from the edge of the area, as his effort was deflected onto the crossbar. 

Jake Trew also had a strike deflected to safety just after the hour mark. Four minutes later, Peterson played a nice pass to Bailey Rule and his cross into the six-yard box was somehow cleared by a defender. 

With just under 20 minutes to go, St George FC doubled their advantage thanks to Juan Carlos Romero.

The Wanderers pushed to get back into the game and Peterson picked out substitute Ali Auglah from a free-kick, but the header hit the side netting.

There were also long-range efforts from Peterson and Trew before Bradley Bartels made it 3-0 to St George FC in stoppage time.

The result sees the Wanderers drop to seventh place. In the earlier games, the U18s won 4-1 whilst the U20s had a 1-1 draw. 

Next Saturday, the Wanderers will travel to Christie Park to face Spirit FC. Kick-off is at 7:00pm. 

Western Sydney Wanderers 0
St George FC 3 (Marcus Beattie 33’, Juan Carlos Romero 69’, Bradley Bartels 90+2’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Elliot Carwardine, Bailey Rule, Mohamed Al Taay, Callum Watt, Adrian Valenti, Andrea Agamemnonos (c), Yousef Sawalha (Dean Pelekanos 71’), Marley Peterson, Jacob Vasiliou, Evan Tsakos (Ali Auglah 71’), Jake Trew

Unused substitutes: Oliver Kalac, Thomas McPherson, Stefan Nikolic

Other results:

U20: WSW 1-1 St George FC
U18: WSW 4-1 St George FC
U16: Mounties 0-1 WSW
U15: Mounties 0-5 WSW
U14: Mounties 0-4 WSW
U13: Mounties 0-0 WSW