Western Sydney Wanderers claimed their first victory of the season, beating Melbourne Heart 3-1, at Marconi stadium.
The home side were made to pay for their slow start, conceding in the opening minute, to a superb finish by Heart midfielder Hernan Espindola. The away side started strongly and were unlucky not to add to their lead.
As the first half wore on, the Wanderers began to wrestle back control of the game, through their intricate passing in midfield, lead by Jason Trifiro. Young Lawrence Hanna capped off the Wanderers dominance, with the equalizer in the 18th minute.
The second half introductions, of Yianni Perkatis, Joshua Barresi and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi, for the Wanderers, had the most telling effect on the game, as the home team ran over the top of Melbourne Heart, who before the match were in equal third place, on the ladder.
With senior coach Tony Popovic in the stands, the young Wanderers and senior players were looking to impress. Midfielder Joshua Barresi’s brilliant individual goal and passing, is sure to catch Popovic’s eye. Yianni Perkatis introduction into the game saw him assume the number 6 role, vacated by young Martin Lo.
A-League regular last season, Appiah-Kubi made his long awaited return from injury, he predominately played in the number 9 position, his pace was a constant threat to the opposition, with Jaushua Sotirio the benefactor, as he taped home a parried shot in the 80th minute.
Wanderers coach Trevor Morgan was impressed with his teams performance, but stressed that, there is still improvement in the team, “the boys did well today, but there are still some things we need to work on, we were unlucky to lose 4-1 to Melbourne Victory last week” he said.
The coach also praised the contribution made by his senior players, “it’s good to give these boys some valuable game time, we have to give them the opportunity to recover from their injuries, they are playing at about 80% at the moment” Morgan said.
Next Saturday the Wanderers travel to Canberra, to take on the Australian Institute of Sport.