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Wanderers down City in Pirtek thriller

Western Sydney Wanderers defeated Melbourne City 4-3, in an entertaining goal fest at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night.

Mark Bridge scored a double for the Wanderers, while Mitch Nichols and Brendan Santalab also provided goals. Harry Novillo, Bruno Fornaroli and Erik Paartalu scored the goals for the away side.

In the 1 vs 2 clash, Nikolai Topor-Stanley returned for the hosts, while Osama Malik made his Melbourne City debut.

Melbourne City were dealt an early blow in the 3rd minute, after their captain Patrick Kisnorbo picked up an injury, with Jack Clisby subsequently replacing him.

The Wanderers had the first major chance of the game through Dario Vidosic after some well worked build up play by Jaushua Sotirio, however City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen blocked the chance.

Melbourne City responded soon after in the 12th minute, after some combination play between Bruno Fornaroli and Harry Novillo led to a chance that found itself just wide.

A minute later, Thomas Sorensen produced a strong save to deny Dario Vidosic’s low shot.

The Wanderers opened the scoring in the 31st minute through Mitch Nichols. Assisted by Mark Bridge, Nichols calmly placed his shot past Sorensen, which sent the home crowd into raptures.

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Nichols and Bridge again combined a minute later, however this time the chance was unsuccessful.

Shortly before the break, Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne prevented Erik Paartalu’s headed chance.

The Wanderers doubled their lead in the 59th minute through Mark Bridge, who blasted home from a Mitch Nichols assist. Bridge added to his assist in the first half, and gave the Wanderers some breathing space.

In the 65th minute, the hosts consolidated their lead through Mark Bridge, who tapped in from a Mitch Nichols lob. For the third time in the match, the Bridge and Nichols combination provided a reward for the Wanderers.

Harry Novillo brought one back for Melbourne City in the 76th minute, after he fired a shot across Andrew Redmayne into the net. The fantastic goal gave City hope.

A minute later, Bruno Fornaroli scored a goal that bettered the previous one, after he curled a shot past Andrew Redmayne. Suddenly, Melbourne City found themselves only one goal down.

However, Melbourne City were reduced to ten men in the 84th minute, after Anthony Caceres picked up his second yellow card of the match.

Despite the pressure, the Wanderers finally confirmed their victory in the 88th minute through Brendon Santalab, who tapped in from a Romeo Castelen assist. The goal also consolidated the Wanderers position at the top of the table.

Erik Paartalu scored a consolation goal in the 92nd minute, after he tapped in from a free kick by Aaron Mooy. Paartalu put the ball past Redmayne, who came out early.

Despite the late pressure, the Wanderers were too strong in the Friday night thriller.

The Wanderers now find themselves five points clear at the top of the table and face Melbourne Victory next Saturday night at Etihad Stadium. Melbourne City travel to Newcastle for their clash against the Jets on Sunday afternoon.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Mark Bridge (Western Sydney)
2 Mitch Nichols (Western Sydney)
1 Harry Novillo (Melbourne City)

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