Wanderers move top with valiant win over Victory


Western Sydney have leapt to the top of the A-League table and piled some early pressure on Marco Kurz with a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

The Wanderers earned a valuable three points - their second win in as many matches - with the highlight a Keanu Baccus stunner in the 54th minute.

Midfielder Nick Sullivan slipped a ball through to Mohamed Adam. The striker cut back to Baccus, who unleashed a scintillating first-time strike past Lawrence Thomas into the top corner.


Eight minutes later, the Wanderers doubled their lead.

Thomas had to clear the ball after Mitch Duke forced a Storm Roux defensive error - but could only get it as far as Alexander Meier, who lobbed the Victory goalkeeper for the Wanderers' second in the 64th minute.


Victory clawed their way back into Friday night's match through a penalty in the 72nd minute.

Roux's cross found Kenny Athiu, with the striker's header clattering off Dylan McGowan's arm.

Victory skipper Ola Toivonen calmly slotted the spot-kick past Daniel Lopar.

They pushed hard for a late equaliser but were unable to find the clinical finishing required, with the Wanderers able to hold on.

The defeat piles early pressure on new manager Kurz, whose side have failed to register a goal from open play across their first two games.

Despite a front three of Toivonen, Andrew Nabbout and Elvis Kamsoba, Victory struggled for creativity and fluidity going forward, with Western Sydney's midfield - led by Pirmin Schwegler - stifling.

The first half lacked inspiration, with neither side offering many genuine scoring opportunities.

The best chance of the opening half fell to Meier, who turned a relatively straight-forward header wide in the 44th minute after some good build-up from Daniel Georgievski.

For Victory, Kamsoba forced a good save from Lopar in the 32nd minute.

Victory started the brighter of the two sides before the Wanderers settled and took the sting out of the game, before taking control in the second half.

Source AAP