Football 4 years ago

That's All, Folks!

  • That's All, Folks!

Western Sydney Wanderers booked their second consecutive Grand Final appearance in as many seasons by disposing of a weary Central Coast Mariners outfit 2-0 at Wanderland in Parramatta.

Goals either side of the interval for Youssef Hersi and Iacopo La Rocca sealed the Wanderers passage through to the A-League showpiece event next weekend to round out a fantastic week for the football club in which they also qualified for the Round of 16 in the Asian Champions League - topping Group H.

Contrastingly, the result ends the Mariners season a game short of last seasons effort in a match where the visitors only arrived back from Japan a little over 24 hours before kickoff.

The Central Coast fans travelled in numbers to Sydney's west, and at times were more vocal than the home fans who were the majority of the 19,000 odd crowd. The ball was almost always in their defencive thrid however as Moss' men looked to their tactic of playing five at the back to nullify the Wanderers best attacking assets - and just after the half hour they were breached. 

Hersi opened the scoring on 32 minutes by tapping home a low cross by Brendan Santalab in a crafty move largely created by the Wanderers striker. Santalab weaved his way into the box where a pass found Mark Bridge. His shot was parried back into the path of Santalab, who cooly passed across Reddy to the largely unmarked Hersi who finished easily despite Josh Rose attempting to make it difficult for the future Perth Glory midfielder.

The Mariners could never really grab a strangle hold of the game, with a cluster of close range free kicks the best the away side could muster to test Popovic's defence, however none of the attempts from the dead ball troubled Ante Covic's net or hands.

The fat lady began singing in C minor just after the RBB posnan during the 80th minute, where La Rocca was released by a through ball slicing through the Mariners defence and despite an advancing Reddy cutting the angle, La Rocca calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net sending the majority of Pirtek Stadium into delirium.

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