The make up game for the earlier cancelled fixture at Spotless Stadium would help bring parity to the draw, but that was the only reference to a draw either side wanted. For the home side a win would lift them clear of seventh with a game in hand, while the visitors just had to win at all costs if they were any chance of playing finals football this year and bring meaning to their season.
It was the Western Sydney Wanderers who started the brighter and it paid dividends early when Oriol Riera headed home a Josh Risdon cross for his ninth goal of the campaign. They took that lead into half-time and should have had more, but for some poor finishing.
The game opened up in the second-half and both teams had their forays forward until what seemed like the inevitable second goal for Western Sydney came through a Michael Thwaite header.
Chris Ikonomidis got one soon after which was a fine reward for the effort put in by the World Cup hopeful. The job was well and truly finished when Jaushua Sotirio sent a low shot at Lewis Italiano, whose weak right hand couldn’t stop it from getting into the net to round out the 4-0 rout.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Vedran Janjetovic – 7
Had next to nothing to do all night and maybe would’ve hoped for some more practice for the Wanderers next two fixtures against the top two.
Josh Risdon – 8
Heavily involved early when his first time cross landed on Oriol Riera’s head and into the goal. Combined with Ikonomidis well throughout the contest. Clearly got bored and was found very far up the park throughout the second half.
Michael Thwaite – 7.5
Headed home for a collectors item and his side’s second, which seemed to be coming for some time. Apart from that he and defensive partner Hamill had very little to do.
Brendan Hamill – 7
Got involved in attack more than defense.. and for a centre-half that’s saying something. Not tested at all.
Raul Llorente – 8
Was given acres of space down the left and used it the only way he knows how, by running into it and firing a variety of crosses into the box.