Western Sydney Wanderers have notched their first home win of the season after accounting for the Newcastle Jets 2-0 at a humid Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday.
A maiden Hyundai A-League goal to Wanderers’ 19-year-old striker Lachlan Scott opened the scoring just before the break, with Jaushua Sotirio giving the hosts a two goal cushion after the interval.
The match started at a frenetic pace with Tony Popovic’s side creating a couple of chances inside the opening couple of minutes, while Andrew Nabbout and Ma Leilei were both lively for the Jets.
In all there was a whopping 17 shots on goal in the first 45 minutes – with the last of those proving telling on the scoreboard.
It was a much tighter contest after the break, with the heat no doubt playing a part on proceedings.
The Wanderers were content to preserve their advantage – which Sotirio extended midway through the half – with the visitors unable to get a foothold in the match thereafter.
The result sees Western Sydney leapfrog Newcastle on the table, with the red and black sitting just outside the top six on goal difference.
1-0 Western Sydney Wanderers: Lachlan Scott, 44’
Kearyn Baccus rolled the ball to Scott at the top of the box, with the Wanderers youngster turning his defender with a smart touch before firing into the top corner.
2-0 Westerns Sydney Wanderers: Jaushua Sotirio, 68’
A second ball fell to the feet of Sotirio following a corner variation, with the midfielder’s shot through traffic taking a slight deflection on its way past Jack Duncan.
- Lachlan Scott’s opener was his third goal at Campbelltown Stadium, having previously banked a brace at the venue in the Westfield FFA Cup.
- The Wanderers are now undefeated in five against the Jets in the league (W4, D1), keeping three clean sheets in the process.
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