Wanderers roll Roar to boost Finals Series hopes

A resurgent Western Sydney Wanderers FC have kept their finals hopes alive with a well-deserved 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar FC at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. 

Wanderers scored three times in the opening 40 minutes to blow away a lacklustre Roar side thanks to the sensational Oriol Riera, Alvaro Cejudo and Chris Ikonomidis in the front third. 

The result sets up a season-defining blockbuster in Perth next weekend as Roar face in-form Glory, with both clubs hoping to squeeze into sixth. 

But Wanderers, a point ahead of Glory and Roar, are now in the box seat ahead of their home clash with the Reds next week. 

STORY OF THE GAME

  • GOAL! Riera bullets home a fabulous header for a perfect start inside four minutes. 
  • END-TO-END OPENING Both sides clearly going for it with action at both ends.
  • BRILLIANT WANDERERS Roar opened up wide but Cejudo's low shot blocked by Pepper
  • GOAL! Riera makes it 2-0 inside 15 mins
  • BUTCHERED CHANCE Roar hit on the break but Maccarone fluffed a golden chance to get back in the contest
  • IKO ON THE BURST Ikonomidis bursts through wide right but his shot is pushed wide by Young
  • GOAL! 3-0 after Ikonomidis's lovely header
  • HALF TIME 3-0 A listless Roar deservedly with a mountain to climb against a resurgent Wanderers
  • SUPER CEJUDO Cheeky backheel from his burst forward slips in Ikonomidis who hits the post with a low shot
  • RIERA AND CEJUDO AGAIN Should've been 4-0 with both Spaniards going close after 53 mins
  • HINGERT KEEPS OUT WSW In transition and it's two v one, but the Roar defender gets a touch to guide Ikonomidis' effort away for a corner.
  • BACCUS BLASTS Keanu hits a rocket low and just wide as the final 20 mins approaches
  • HOLMAN OFFSIDE Maccarone hits the net but Holman is ruled offside after 80 mins. It's not been Roar's night as Cejudo takes an early mark. He's been superb. 
  • INJURY CONCERN FOR IKONOMIDIS? He clutched at his hamstring/groin but soldiered on as the game went into stoppage time

WSW

GOALS

Riera WSW 1-0, 3'

A well-worked set piece with Cejudo from the right finding Riera who peels off and bullets home the opener low and hard past Young. 

Riera WSW 2-0, 14'

Riera gets his second with a tap-in after an absolutely superb save from Young. The Roar keeper clawed out the Spaniard's header but the marquee was first to the ball as he slid it home.

Ikonomidis WSW 3-0, 40'

Riera should have scored but couldn't get onto a low cross right in front, but the ball fell to Llorente on the wing, and Ikonomidis powered home his header.

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