Local talent powers Wanderers to youth title

Champs: The Western Sydney Wanderers Y-League team. Picture: Western Sydney Wanderers
Champs: The Western Sydney Wanderers Y-League team. Picture: Western Sydney Wanderers

The Western Sydney Wanderers inaugural Y-League triumph on Saturday had a distinct Fairfield flavour.

Bossley Park High School students Fabian Monge, Mohamed Adam, Thomas Aquilina  and Adrian Valenti were all part of the squad that defeated Melbourne City in the decider 3-1 in extra time. 

Former student Jordan Hall and local products Abdel Kuku and Moudi Najjar were also part of the red and black outfit that was coached by former Sydney United player Arthur Diles.

The team, which played three home games at Marconi Stadium, finished first in group B with six wins from their eight games to qualify for the decider.

With the scores locked at 1-1 at full time, Marc Tokich netted in the first period of extra time to give the Wanderers the lead for the first time of the game.

Remarkably, it was former Fairfield West resident and Westfields Sports product Ramy Najjarine who almost equalised for City in the 110th minute only for his shot to blaze over the bar from just outside the six-year box.

John Roberts sealed the win for the Wanderers less than a minute later with a superb finish.

The win caps off a big season for Marconi junior Monge who helped the Young Socceroos  qualify for the under-19 Asian Championship in Indonesia in November.

“It felt good to win the title. It was a great experience to play in such a big game,” he said.

Monge, who is still eligible for the team next year, will join squad for the Wanderers NPL 2 team for the upcoming season.