On Saturday morning, an early Ruon Tongyik strike saw the Red & Black go down 1-0 to Central Coast Mariners at Pluim Park. The defeat keeps the Wanderers in fourth place in Foxtel Y-League Group B.
Central Coast hit the front on six minutes, Tongyik finishing from the rebound after Nicholas Suman had made an excellent reflex save.
The Wanderers began to gain a foothold in the contest after the goal, and Fabian Monge caught the eye with a number of dangerous through balls.
Just past the half-hour, the Wanderers first clear chance came when Dean Pelekanos latched onto a Kosta Grozos corner kick, volleying the ball inches wide of the post. Grozos then had a chance of his own, sending a 25-yard free-kick into the side netting.
As halftime approached, Ali Auglah had a couple of efforts blocked by the defence, while at the other end Suman saved well from Abraham Majok’s curling shot.
The Red & Black started the second half brightly, and four minutes after the restart Grozos picked out Lochlan Constable from a corner, with his header flashing across the face of goal. Rory Jordan then played a nice pass to Auglah, who beat a defender only to be denied by Mariners goalkeeper Zenden Hart.
Due to the extreme heat, the play was abandoned after 65 minutes, and the result stood as a 1-0 win for Central Coast.
The Wanderers next Foxtel Y-League match is against Sydney FC at Marconi Stadium on Saturday 18 January. Kick-off is at 6:00pm.
Central Coast Mariners 1 (Ruon Tongyik 6’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 0
Western Sydney Wanderers: Nicholas Suman, Tate Russell, Mohamed Al Taay (c), Mark Natta, Noah Pagden, Dean Pelekanos, Fabian Monge, Lochlan Constable, Ali Auglah, Rory Jordan, Kosta Grozos
Unused substitutes: Jack Greenwood, Yousef Sawalha, Jacob Vasiliou, Jarrod Carluccio