Wanderers climb ladder after wonder goal winner
MITCH Nichols booted the Western Sydney Wanderers to the top of the ladder after his curling strike sailed past the outstretched hand of Brisbane Roar keeper Jamie Young.
The Wanderers are enjoying top spot on the A-League ladder after their 2-1 victory over the Roar at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night.
It was an open start to the game with both teams creating opportunities in front of goal, but it was the Wanderers who opened the scoring through Mark Bridge.
Romeo Castelen managed to barge and swerve his way forcefully into the box before his cross was deflected into the path of Bridge who had an easy tap in at the far post.
Jamie Maclaren has been a fantastic addition to a Roar side that struggled last season and showed his worth on Saturday.
Thomas Broich’s pass found Maclaren whose shot looped off Wanderers’ captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley’s foot and over Andrew Redmayne who was already committed to a low dive.
With the match evenly poised, Nichol’s wonder strike in the 79th minute sealed the 2-1 win and sent the 9860 fans into a frenzy.
Nichols was declared the man of the match and it was thoroughly deserved given the impact he had on the game.
This victory sets up a topof-the-table clash with the Melbourne Victory next Saturday night at home where the Wanderers will look to make it an impressive seven wins in a row.