FFA Cup: SU58 v WSW Review

It was truly a David Goliath battle in the Round of 16 FFA Cup clash between Sydney United 58 FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, as the Wanderers took out the honours with a 7 – 1 demolition of the NPL 1 Grand Finalists in front of 5061 fans at Campbelltown Stadium.

With perhaps having one very keen eye on Saturday’s big dance, United put out a changed line up with many youths and second string players taking the pitch against a new look and revamped Wanderers side. Looking to stamp their intentions early on, the visitors opened the scoring with a 16th minute goal from Bruce Kamau, which opened up a flurry of goals to come. Wanderers defender Daniel Georgievski in the 22nd minute and pacey attacker Kwame Yeboah adding the second and third goals as United did well to soak up a lot of the attacking pressure from the A-League side. United’s keeper Daniel Sakada was able to deflect and save a lot of the forward press but was unable to keep his goal from being breached as United’s defence was found out more often than not.

Patrick Antelmi gave some reprieve and hope for the faithful Sydney United Supporters as he slotted away a penalty in the 50th minute after being taken down in the box from a corner. After buoying the home side on, all hopes were extinguished as United’s Matthew Bilic conceded an (wonderful) own goal as he tried to clear his defensive line but unfortunately, it was in his own goal. From there, United were placed on the backfoot as they struggled to keep up with the Wanderers. If matters were not bad enough, a rough tackle on Tate Russel from Adrian Vlastelica sent tempers flaring as Yianni Perkatis was sent his marching orders, a straight red for his part in a melee that ensured. Russell and Polish midfielder ace Radosław Majewski both added their stamps in the goal rush, putting in sublime goals in the 71st and 78th minute respectively while Georgevski bagged his second of the night in the 81st in the rout.

A bold but yet understandable decision to field a somewhat experimental United side, the Edensor Park outfit crash out of the FFA Cup but can take solace in the fact that their season is still yet to end as APIA Leichhardt Tigers await them in the Grand Final. A healthy crowd was on hand to witness their NPL team fight against what is a new and improved Wanderers outfit, with both the Red and Black Bloc and Sydney United Supporters adding colour, noise and flares to what was a spectacle to see both on and off the park.

Link to highlights: https://www.theffacup.com.au/video/full-time-highlights-sydney-united-58-fc-v-western-sydney-wanderers

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