Western Sydney Wanderers continued their renaissance as they notched consecutive wins for the first time this season and took down Adelaide United 3-1 at Coopers Stadium, courtesy of a Roly Bonevacia masterclass.
The Wanderers took the lead in an action-packed first half with Oriol Riera opening the scoring as he put away a Bonevacia free kick with a diving header.
After going behind, Adelaide dominated proceedings and were fortunate to receive a penalty from a VAR decision, though Vedran Janjetovic saved Craig Goodwin’s effort.
He was not to deny them for long, however, and his weak punch from a cross fell straight into the path of Ryan Kitto who made no mistake with his finish.
The second-half saw Bonevacia take full control of the game as his shot from distance took a lucky deflection off an Adelaide defender before his assist for Abraham Majok’s third goal sealed the game and the points for the Wanderers.
Paul Izzo – 6
There wasn’t much that Izzo could do with the three goals he conceded: the first was a result of poor marking for the free kick, the second a deflection and the final goal a result of the team’s high defensive line. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t really tested otherwise, and he’ll be eager to make some meaningful saves next week against the Newcastle Jets.
Scott Galloway – 5
Got into dangerous positions but couldn’t put in the final ball to make it count. A poor display on the attacking sense and couldn’t handle the Wanderers forwards without the ball.
Michael Jakobsen – 5.5
The defender could not keep up with the pace of the Wanderers’ attacks as he was constantly left behind by the likes of Majok, Kamau and Bonevacia. Showed initiative when his team tried to mount a comeback by putting in long balls into attack, but they did not result in much.
Jordan Elsey – 5
Like his defensive partner, Elsey was unable to match the speed of the opposition frontline and could’ve done a better job in marking Riera for the opening goal.
Ryan Strain – 6
Strain was unfortunate that Bonevacia’s shot deflected off of him into the goal to give Wanderers the lead. Otherwise, he had an average time and couldn’t really affect proceedings on the night.