Wanderers cruise in pre-season friendly win

Western Sydney Wanderers have round out their Hyundai A-League pre-season schedule with a comfortable 3-0 friendly win over PS4 NPL club APIA Leichhardt on Thursday night.

After a scoreless first half at Marconi Stadium, Mark Bridge, Álvaro Cejudo and Steven Lustica all scored after the break to seal a dominant win for Tony Popovic’s side.

Roly Bonevacia was lively for the Wanderers in the first half, forcing a pair of decent saves out of APIA keeper and ex-Sydney FC man Ivan Necevski.

Michael Thwaite, Cejudo and Brendon Santalab all had chances either side of the break before Bridge got the opener.

He raced onto a delightful flick from Santalab before slipping the ball past Necevski.

It marked the beginning of the end for APIA, as Cejudo doubled the advantage seconds later, tucking home a loose ball in the box.

Wanderers star Alvaro Cejudo looks to beat his APIA Leichhardt defender.

They would add a third and final goal when Lustica finished from an acute angle after being put through by Jaushua Sotirio.

The Wanderers open their Hyundai A-League campaign with a home clash against Perth Glory at Spotless Stadium on Sunday, October 8.

Western Sydney Wanderers: Vedran Janjetovic (GK) (John Hall), Brendan Hamill (Josh Risdon), Robbie Cornthwaite (Jonathan Aspropotamitis), Michael Thwaite (Jordan Hall), Raúl Llorente (Jack Clisby), Kearyn Baccus (Steven Lustica), Chris Herd (Jacob Melling), Mark Bridge (Kristian Popovic), Roly Bonevacia (Jaushua Sotirio), Álvaro Cejudo (Jumpei Kusukami), Oriol Riera (Brendon Santalab)

Unused substitutes: Nick Suman (GK), Keanu Baccus, Lachlan Scott, Abraham Majok