Western Sydney Wanderers score last-gasp goal to seal round of 16 berth

Oriol Riera capped his first official game in red-and-black with a goal as the Western Sydney Wanderers marched into the FFA Cup round of 16.

Riera jumped high for the injury time header to give the Wanderers a 1-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix in the extra time thriller.

It was new signings that combined for the goal, with Roly Bonevacia’s corner finding Riera at the far post to seal the victory.

“I'm very happy to start with a goal in my first game,” Riera told Fox Sports.

“I scored in the last friendly game, so it's a very good start. But I want to score more goals and win more games.”

In their first competitive hit out of the season, the Wanderers had a host of new faces with Josh Risdon, Michael Thwaite, Chris Herd, Bonevacia and Riera making their club debuts. 

The Wanderers had the strongest opportunities to score with Riera, a constant threat throughout the match, almost setting up Bonevacia to open the scoring in the first half. 

New captain Robbie Cornthwaite also had a close range volley saved by Phoenix goalkeeper Lewis Italiano early in the second.

Through to the round of 16, the Wanderers will have to wait until the final round of 32 games are decided on August 9 to find out their opponent in the next round, as they hope to continue into the FFA Cup quarter-finals for the third straight season.

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