A wrap of last weekend's Wanderers Academy youth results against Sutherland Sharks.
The Wanderers U13s side played the best football of the season when they came up against a strong Sutherland squad. From kick-off the team exuded confidence, dominating the game and scoring four valuable goals through Nicholas Badolato, Christian Lardieri as well as a double from Ashwell Starr.
It was an improved performance from the U14s who controlled certain parts of the game for longer periods and had stronger individual performances. With several players injured or playing up an age group, the next generation of U14s started to take more ownership and become more confident in their own abilities in the match. Limiting the opposition to minimal efforts on goal showed promising signs with Wanderer Max Hately's goal being the difference.
An even first half saw the Wanderers control the game, but the lack of chances created by the side eventually saw Sutherland score right on the half-time whistle. The Red & Black showed great character in the second half with Mansour El Masri hitting the post before Miguel Dipizio got the breakthrough scoring through a great team goal finished after good lead up work from Dean Bosnjak. The Wanderers were on top towards the end but couldn’t find the winner.
A game which was mixed with positives and moments of lapsed concentration in defence resulted in a harsh 3-2 loss at the hands of last year's Grand Final winners. Goals from Peter Dendrinos and Rhys Youlley, weren't enough as the Red & Black struggled to capitalise on the chances they had created.
The U18s continued their unbeaten run after recording a 0-0 draw. In a frantic start to the game, Sutherland were awarded a penalty after seven seconds which was brilliantly saved by 14-year-old Anthony Pavlesic. Despite the Wanderers dominating possession and territory, creating a number of chances, the score remained 0-0 at break. The second half was more evenly contested with both sides missing good opportunities to take the lead. In the last kick of the game, Gianni Di Pizzio hit the underside of the cross bar with the rebound narrowly missing a host of oncoming Wanderers players with the score staying at 0-0.