Wanderers jet past Newcastle

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers have made it three Hyundai A-League wins in a row after a 3-0 thumping of Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A Robbie Cornthwaite double and a lone goal from Jaushua Sotirio sealed what was another dominant performance by Tony Popovic’s side and ensures that the Red & Black stay in the hunt for fourth place.

A buoyant start from the Wanderers saw Jack Clisby have the first sight at goal though his shot was saved comfortably enough by Jack Duncan.

Nico Martinez tried his luck with a clever cross to youngster Lachlan Scott but the chance was cleared away after some chaos in the box.


The Wanderers went into the lead in the final moments of the first half with Cornthwaite expertly heading home a Martinez cross, his first goal as a Wanderer.

Two minutes later, the Wanderers doubled their lead as Sotirio finished off a neat set-play, smashing the ball past Duncan after a clever lay-off from Jumpei Kusukami.


The Jets looked to claw their way back into the match after the break as Wayne Brown tried to beat Vedran Janjetovic from distance, though the shot-stopper was equal to it.

Though the game was effectively dead and buried just five minutes into the second stanza when Cornthwaite grabbed his second of the match, as the defender sent a thumping header past Duncan from a Martinez corner.

Substitute Brendan Hamill also almost added a fourth after his lethal shot forced Duncan to tip the ball over, as the Wanderers coasted home to keep their undefeated record in Newcastle intact.

The result marked the fourth consecutive win for the Red & Black, and the fourth consecutive match in which they’ve netted three goals.

The Wanderers will now look to continue their momentum next week when they return home to ANZ Stadium to play against Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.