NPL Wrap: Wanderers thrash Macarthur

It was raining goals at Lynwood Park on Saturday night as the Western Sydney Wanderers NPL 2 team defeated Macarthur Rams 7-2 to extend their unbeaten run to eight games. 

Kosta Grozos, Mohamed Adam, and John Roberts all found the back of the net twice on the night while Lachlan Scott scored from the penalty spot. 

After Adam had a goal ruled out for offside early on, the Wanderers opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Grozos had played a quick one-two with Scott before sliding the ball past Macarthur goalkeeper Nikola Bratic.

The Wanderers didn't take long then to double their lead. Roberts whipped in a great cross into the middle and Adam followed, slamming the ball into the roof of the net. 

Despite Macarthur pulling a goal back when Eli Squillacioti scored from close range, the Red & Black were in control and made it 3-1 with 27 minutes played. 

Roberts set up Mohamed Al Taay and although the shot was saved, Roberts followed up and scored from the rebound. 

Scott and Adam then had further chances, before the Wanderers scored their fourth of the evening. Grozos got on the end of a pass from Roberts and blasted the ball low past Bratic. 

The Rams kept the Red & Black on their toes and made it 4-2 just after halftime through Mark Symington. 

The opponents then went down to ten men after Scott was hauled to the ground by Simon Valastro after dribbling around the goalkeeper. 

Scott dusted himself off and converted from the spot to make it 5-2, his penalty too powerful for Bratic. 

A couple of minutes later the Wanderers found their sixth goal of the match, as Roberts found space in the penalty area, smashing the ball into the bottom corner. 

There were more chances for Scott and Samuel Silvera before the Red & Black made it 7-2 in the 82nd minute. 

Wanderers substitute Lochlan Constable went on a mazy run, beating three defenders setting up Adam with an easy finish. 

The result sees the Western Sydney Wanderers NPL 2 stay in fifth position on the ladder, only two points off second-placed St George FC. 

In the earlier matches, the Wanderers U20 side had a 2-2 draw while the U18s also scored seven goals in a convincing victory. 

Next Saturday, the Western Sydney Wanderers will travel to The Crest Atheltic Centre to take on Canterbury Bankstown FC. Kick-off is at 7:00pm. 

Macarthur Rams 2 (Eli Squillacioti 26’, Mark Symington 47’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 7(Kosta Grozos 17’ 39’, Mohamed Adam 24’ 82’, John Roberts 27’ 63’, Lachlan Scott 61’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel Axford, Mohamed Al Taay, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Tate Russell (Lochlan Constable 46’), Adrian Valenti, Abdelrahman Kuku, Tacettin Kumsuz, Kosta Grozos (c) (Samuel Silvera 65’), John Roberts, Mohamed Adam, Lachlan Scott (Oliver Puflett 72’)
Unused substitutes: Gabriel Osinga, Fabian Monge

Other results:
U20: Macarthur 2-2 WSW
U18: Macarthur 0-7 WSW
U16: Rydalmere 1-11 WSW
U15: Rydalmere 1-0 WSW
U14: Rydalmere 0-7 WSW
U13: Rydalmere 0-10 WSW