Western Sydney’s revitalization has continued on Sunday evening as they managed a 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in Gosford. All the goals came in the second half as Western Sydney really pushed away and they find themselves right in the Premiership hunt for 2015-16.
Mitch Nichols was the main outlet for Western Sydney and he was heavily involved in the early going of the match. In the ninth minute Nichols was able to get the ball in to the back of the net but his timing was just off as his effort was flagged off for offside.
The Mariners’ best chances were coming from set pieces as they went on the attack and in the 22nd minute they had their clearest chance. The ball fell to Nick Montgomery who got his shot away but sent it wide of goal.
Western Sydney had much of the attack and in the early going they just could not find a goal legally. In the 43rd minute Jacob Poscoliero was lucky not to receive any sanctioning as he connected Romeo Castalen with an elbow but only gave up a free-kick, which was not capitalized upon, keeping it scoreless at the break.
The Central Coast started the second half well, looking more dangerous, yet for all of that work they could not get through. It was Western Sydney who would open the scoring in the 66th minute as Brendan Santalab was put clean through and then slid the ball past Paul Izzo.
In the 70th minute Matthew Sim came on to take on the challenge for the Mariners, as they started really chasing the game. Western Sydney were taking their time but still found the goal that clinched the match in stoppage time as Nichols mishit strike still beat Izzo, who was caught wrong footed winning the match 2-0 for the Wanderers.