A-League wrap: Rookies knock off champions
By Football News
The rookies earned a famous 1-0 triumph over Brisbane Roar at the home of the defending champions on Saturday night.
Confounding their rank outsider status, the competition's new kids were on from the first whistle and were always one step ahead of the Roar, who looked completely out of ideas.
Mark Bridge etched his name in history by scoring the first goal in Wanderers history, nodding in a 19th-minute cross from the impressive Youssouf Hersi.
Supplied by a Shinji Ono short corner, Hersi was completely unmarked on the left and had all the time in the world to craft the perfect ball for Bridge.
The A-League journeyman's goal ended Western Sydney's scoreless run at 288 minutes - although it could have been over as early as three minutes into the match, when Aaron Mooy lashed a shot that beat Michael Theo but not the two uprights.
With the monkey off the back, the Wanderers pushed on unencumbered and produced easily their performance to date.
Tony Popovic's men completely dominated the first 45 minutes. They were compact, disciplined and looked to close down Brisbane at every opportunity.
Meanwhile, a second-half goal flurry and a controversial red-carding allowed Adelaide United to conjure a come-from-behind 3-1 home victory over Wellington.
Led by a brace from gun goal-scoring recruit Jeronimo Neumann, the Reds fought back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to inflict the Phoenix's first loss of the season.
Jeronimo's 55th-minute effort saw United drew level after fellow first-year recruit Stein Huysegems scored three minutes out from half-time, before Jeronimo applied the icing on the cake in the 84th minute after Wellington had been reduced to 10 men.
Sandwiched in between was a fine finish from popular veteran Cassio, playing his 100th match for the club, albeit with the aid of a dicey off-side non-call.
The sending off of Ben Sigmund in the 77th minute for minimal contact on Jeronimo allowed the Argentine to then put the contest out of reach.