An impressive second half has all but secured Western Sydney’s passage to the second round of the Asian Champions League as they managed a 2-0 win over Ulsan Hyundai in Korea on Tuesday night.
The first half was tough as both sides really struggled to create chances, with Western Sydney not taking advantage of their week off in the A-League finals and fielded a very reserve squad, including Jarrad Tyson starting in goal.
The first chances of the match fell to Shin-Wook Kim who forced Tyson to come off his line and make quick saves to deny the Korean.
Western Sydney were trying to get an attack going but their chances were not clear cut as they struggled to break through the Ulsan defense.
Both sides were largely countering each other in the first half, which resulted in few chances in a tight half that saw both sides go to the break scoreless.
Straight after the break Mark Bridge very nearly found an opener as a poor back pass allowed Bridge to sneak in on goal and then shot but sent his effort wide.
After a dull middle period which allowed Bridge to send a ball out for Shannon Cole who was able to return a cross in for Bridge who headed home from the spot to give Western Sydney the lead.
Western Sydney were easily in front and they were confident enough to hold on to their lead, with Ulsan not looking very threating to the Wanderers.
In the 80th minute the Wanderers wrapped up the win as Bridge sent in a cross, which allowed Brendon Santalab to easily tap home the sealer.
Western Sydney cruised to the win from that possession as Ulsan never really threatened Western Sydney at all.