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Wanderers ease into FFA Cup quarters

  • Wanderers ease into FFA Cup quarters

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Scott Neville of the Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2015/16 A-League Grand Final match between Adelaide United and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Adelaide Oval on May 1, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Defender Scott Neville was the unlikely goal-scoring hero as Western Sydney Wanderers won their way into the FFA Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Neville scored in each half, equalling his tally from all of last season, either side of a strike from fellow defender Brendon Hamill as the Wanderers collected a 5-1 win against Edgeworth Eagles in Newcastle.

With Mitch Nichols and new Japanese signing Jumpei Kusukami operating well together in the midfield, the Wanderers dominated possession but it took until the final minutes of the opening half before they made a double breakthrough.

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Former Newcastle Jets full-back Neville added a third goal soon after half-time to seemingly end the contest.

However, Daniel McBreen, who famously scored against the Wanderers in the 2013 A-League grand final, pulled a goal back giving Edgeworth momentum, only for substitute Brendan Santalab to seal the result with a double in the dying stages.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, there was little joy for former National Soccer League champions Melbourne Knights who crashed to a 3-1 loss against fellow Victorian side Green Gully.

Liam Boland, whose spectacular winner knocked out Central Coast Mariners in the last round, netted a double to complete a come-from-behind win against a home side reduced to 10 men in the second half.

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