Wanderers move to top of the table after another stellar performance.
The Wanderers can back it up
After such a big win last week, it was always going to be difficult for the Wanderers to back it up again in Round Seven.
But the team in red and black have done just that. Their 4-0 win against Canberra United shows that the club isn’t just a one-trick pony.
The Wanderers are now unbeaten in six consecutive games for the first time in their club’s history.
But that’s not the only record they’re breaking.
The Wanderers have now equalled their record for the greatest number of wins in a single season.
And tonight’s win comes off the back of their biggest ever victory last week against derby rivals Sydney FC.
Although it’s safe to say the Wanderers didn’t perform as well as they did in Round Six, they’ve still proved that they can back up such a great performance and important win.
It’s the tough games such as this one that makes the difference between teams – and the Wanderers have shown that they’re able to win games without having to play the prettiest football.
Western Sydney have now gone to the top of the table, with Melbourne City close behind them.
Staab’s throw-ins pay off
It’s incredible. It’s extraordinary. It’s Sam Staab’s throw-ins.
We don’t know how she does it, but Staab manages to throw the ball well into the box all the way from the sideline.
It’s the Wanderers not-so-secret weapon, and it paid off for them in tonight’s game.
The long throw resulted in the Wanderer’s second goal against Canberra. Staab’s throw ricocheted off Canberra’s defence and landed at the feet of Denise O’Sullivan, who blasted the ball into the bottom left corner.
The long throw is almost more dangerous than a corner. Although there is less pace on the ball from a throw, it’s still very difficult to defend. The lofty throw-in is hard for defenders to judge in the air, and it’s a great skill to have in your arsenal.
We’re sure to see plenty more of Staab’s long throws during the remainder of the season.
— Eric Subijano (@eric_subijano) December 26, 2019 ">
Scoring goals is the difference
The Wanderers arguably didn’t play their best football today, but they still added four goals to the tally.
Canberra were matching it with Western Sydney for the majority of the game until the last 20 minutes, when the Wanderers really took control of the match.
But up until that point, there wasn’t a massive difference between the teams.
The match was played end-to end, with neither side really settling into the game until late in the second half.
Both Canberra and the Wanderers had attacking chances, and they were both initially making similar mistakes in possession.
In the end, it was the small moments that made the big differences.
Wanderers first goal came from a small lapse of concentration from Canberra’s defence, where Kyra Cooney-Cross was left unmarked to head the ball into the net.
Although Canberra and the Wanderers are both quality teams, it’s scoring goals that wins you games – and Western Sydney were able to put four across the line tonight.
— Westfield W-League (@WLeague) December 26, 2019 ">