Western Sydney Wanderers rebounded from their defeat at the weekend in Tasmania to win 2-0 over Bankstown City Lions on Thursday at Jensen Park in Sefton. Aaron Mooy and Tomi Juric scored on either side of half-time to send the premiership holders to victory in their final pre-season game.
Juric opened scoring in the 41st minute with a shot from outside the box, though it was Brendon Santalab and Tahj Minniecon who were the most dangerous players in the half for the Wanderers. Tony Popovic replaced his entire starting XI at half-time and introduced the club's newest recruitment, Matthew Spiranovic. Two minutes after the interval, Juric doubled Western Sydney's lead when he finished a Dean Heffernan cross.
The Wanderers open the 2013/14 A-League season with a rematch of last season's Grand Final. The visit to Bluetongue Stadium against Central Coast Mariners is on Saturday October 12.
WSW Mooy 41'
WSW Juric (Heffernan) 47'
Western Sydney Wanderers (1st half): Covic; D'Apuzzo, Topor-Stanley, Beauchamp, Polenz; Trifiro, Poljak, Mooy; Santalab, Minniecon, Haliti
Western Sydney Wanderers (2nd half): Tyson; Cole, Spiranovic, La Rocca, Heffernan; Lo (Fofanah 78'), Ono, Williams; Juric, Hersi, Bridge
Unused subs: McGing