Red card controversy as Western Sydney Wanderers fall to first loss of season against Adelaide United

The Western Sydney Wanderers dropped out of the top six following a 2-0 loss to Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Sunday night.

It’s been a rocky start for incoming coach Josep Gombau with the Wanderers falling to its first loss of the season in just his second game in charge.

Gombau said there were plenty of things the Wanderers would be able to learn from.

“It’s football; it’s a game you can win or you can lose and today we lost the game but I left the stadium with a lot of positive things,” he said.

“There were a lot of positive things – the second half for me was very good – I was very happy and I took a lot information that will help us to be better and better.”

The match was an eventful one, with the teams finishing the match with 10 men each.

Fresh from being confirmed the Wanderers captain for the remainder of the season, Robbie Cornthwaite saw red figuratively, and literally, after being given a second yellow card in the 22nd minute.

A VAR check caught a handball in the box in the 19th minute, which saw Cornthwaite ejected.

It was a matter of time for United, who scored in injury time in the first half through Ryan Kitto. 

The Wanderers almost hit back through Oriol Riera but Kitto scored his second in the 63rd minute.

Adelaide got a red card of their own in the 77th minute with the VAR overturning a yellow card.

The Wanderers are back at home this weekend, playing at ANZ Stadium against the Brisbane Roar on Saturday at 5.35pm.

W-League Vs Melbourne Victory

Stalemate: The Victory's Gulcan Koca tackles the Wanderers Rachel Lowe in Friday's clash. Picture: AAP Image/ George Salpigtidis

Stalemate: The Victory's Gulcan Koca tackles the Wanderers Rachel Lowe in Friday's clash. Picture: AAP Image/ George Salpigtidis

The Wanderers women were held to a frustrating 1-all draw by the Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

Co-captain Erica Halloway found the back of the net in the 42nd minute but the score was cancelled out just after the hour mark.

The result sees the Wanderers sit in sixth on the ladder with one win, two losses and a draw so far this season.

Next week, the Wanderers host the ladder leading Perth Glory at Marconi Stadium at 4.30pm on Friday.

Y-League Vs Central Coast Mariners

The Western Sydney Wanderers youth team are yet to concede a goal after two rounds of the Y-League season.

Following an 8-0 drubbing of Canberra in round one, the Wanderers won 2-0 on the road to the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday morning.

Goals to Steven Lustica on either side of the break continued the young Wanderers’ impressive start to the season.

The youth Sydney Derby is on on Friday night at 7.30pm with the Wanderers hosting Sydney FC at Marconi Stadium.