Wan­der­ers climb lad­der af­ter won­der goal win­ner

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

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.

-Bur­ney Wong

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