United secure first win at home with new face

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In a surprising game of firsts, Western United have secured their first win at home while ending Western Sydney’s undefeated streak.

The new face on the pitch Kwabena Appiah-Kubi scored his first goal of the season to secure United’s first win at home, with a 2-1 scoreline.

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In a frantic and uninspiring demonstration in the first half, both Wanderers and United accurately asserted themselves with minimal scoring chances.

The Wanderers found themselves up 1-0 inside the first five minutes after a superb piece of wing play from Daniel Georgievski allowed skipper Mitchell Duke to slip past goalkeeper Filip Kurto.

United tried to find an equaliser minutes later after Scott McDonald tried to hit a volley but the attempt proved to be too difficult and was easily collected by Daniel Lopar.

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The Wanderers relentlessly tried to hang on to their marginal advantage but their hard work was undone in the 13th minute when Andrew Durante headed the ball home from a corner.

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Both the Wanderers and United found themselves in an aggressive daze which left Patrick Ziegler, Ersan Gulum and Duke all seeing yellow.

United began to feel the fear and apprehension when key player Panagiotis Kone was sent off in the 20th minute with what looked like a hamstring injury.

The Green and Blacks were already without star striker Besart Berisha who was missing in action for a day of rest.

VAR drama followed early in the second half when McDonald was not awarded a goal in the 50th minute after he sent a header straight into the hands of Lopar, who seemed to be over the line.

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Despite the drama, Appiah-Kubi was determined to take the lead in the 58th minute when he scored his first goal of the season.

Appiah-Kubi redirected a pass from Gulum who sent the ball flying passed Lopar.

Minimal scoring opportunities came in the late stages of the second half with the Wanderers best opportunity arriving in the 85th minute when Pirmin Schwegler was awarded a free-kick after a rash tackle by Alessandro Diamanti.

United proved to be the more organised and structured side with key defenders Durante and Josh Risdon applying accurate tactical pressure on the Wanderers attacking line to keep the score 2-1.

Western United: 2 (Durante 13’, Appiah-Kubi 58’)
Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Duke 4’)

Stadium: GMBHA Stadium
Attendance: 4588

Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis, Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro
VAR: Craig Zetter

Western United: Filip KURTO (GK), Andrew DURANTE, Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI Connor CHAPMAN, Panagiotis KONE, Scott MCDONALD, Connor PAIN, Dario JERTEC, Josh RISDON, Ersan GULUM, Alessandro DIAMANTI, Aaron CALVER (Sub 21’) Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOUS (Sub 71’) Brendan HAMILL (Sub 90+3′)

Unused Subs: Max BURGESS, Dylan PIERIAS, Ivan VUJICA, Ryan SCOTT (GK)

Western Sydney Wanderers:  Daniel LOPAR (GK), Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, Dylan MCGOWAN, Patrick ZIEGLER, Daniel WILMERING, Keanu BACCUS, Pirmin SCHWEGLER, Kwame YEBOAH, Nicolai MULLER, Mitchell DUKE (c), Alexander MEIER. Mohamed ADAM (Sub 74’) Jake TREW (Sub 82’)

Unused Subs: Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, Kostandinos GROZOS, Tate RUSELL, Nick SUMAN (GK)

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Suzanna Telai
Football enthusiast and student journalist, covering Western United for the 2019/20 A-League season