Homegrown defender makes his start for United

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Dylan Pierias earned his first start as a right wing-back for Western United and is ready to represent the western suburbs.

With the word ‘western’ in their club name, it’s obvious United were a club created to represent a specific locality in Melbourne and Pierias is fitting United’s philosophy of home-grown talent found in the western suburbs.

Pierias, signed along with Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Ivan Vujica, are among the young Australians finding their feet with United this season.

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Beginning his youth career with Victoria State League club Keilor Park and moving through the ranks at Spring Hills and Pascoe Vale respectively, Pierias is paving the way for young players based in the Western suburbs.

Creating spark with his blistering speed in United’s attacking half, Pierias’ first full 90 minutes at Mars Stadium was a clear introduction to the talent the 19 year-old possesses.

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Versatility and adaptability are qualities that United manager Mark Rudan has continuously demanded from all his players.

Placed in his usual role against Wellington, Pierias also has the technique and skill to fill positions in United’s front line.

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Wellington’s top form and the high temperatures were not the easiest obstacles for him to overcome, but Rudan was pleased with Pierias’ performance.

“It was a tough one for him,” Rudan said.

“A debut start for their new club is tough for any player… but even with testing conditions, Dylan kept his head held high, he’s worked extremely hard to have his first start.”

Taking two shots at Wellington Phoenix ‘keeper Stefan Marinovic, it is obvious that Pierias’ talent is great, but that does not mean there is no room for improvement.

Coach Rudan was pleased with Pierias’ performance but made it clear that it was not his best.

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“He did his best under the conditions,” Rudan said.

“But that doesn’t mean it was perfect, he missed some things we had discussed prior but I can’t fault his efforts.

“He missed a tackle that let Ulises Davila get the third goal, but other than that I can’t be too critical.”

Western United face Melbourne City AAMI Park for their next game.

Feature Image Credit: Western United

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