Western United hit Adelaide for five

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Western United made it 11 goals in two matches and heaped more misery onto Adelaide United as they triumphed 5-1.

Adelaide donned their away strip for the first time ever at Coopers Stadium in support of Kangaroo Island’s ‘Book Them Out’ campaign and started the better of the two sides as they attacked the Victorians from the get-go.

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There were other concerns for Western as goalkeeper Filip Kurto sustained a suspected concussion and was substituted in the opening 10 minutes after landing awkwardly from a header.

The loss of Kurto did not affect the side as Besart Berisha scored his ninth goal in nine games against Adelaide. Josh Risdon won the ball on the right and found the league’s all-time top goalscorer completely unmarked in the box.

Just five minutes later, the Reds equalised 1-1 through Riley McGree who pounced on Western’s turnover in the midfield, drove towards goal and thundered the ball into the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season.

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Alessandro Diamanti restored Western’s lead after he strolled through Adelaide’s defence without challenge and slotted it past Paul Izzo.

Western were on the attack again moments later as Diamanti slipped through Berisha with the Reds defence nowhere to be seen – only to be saved by Izzo.

The Victorians made it 3-1 before halftime through Max Burgess, who headered home Risdon’s cut back and scored his fourth goal in two matches.

The second half started just as the first ended. Diamanti added an assist to his name as he drove through midfield and put through Connor Pain who fired low into the bottom corner to hand Western a fourth.

But the party was not over, as Berisha heaped more misery on the Reds with his second goal of the game and Western’s fifth after he finishing Risdon’s cross.

Western were far too good on the night and played out the remaining minutes comfortably to secure a 5-1 victory.

The result has huge ramifications for both sides finals aspirations as Adelaide drop out of the top six.

Adelaide United: 1 (McGree 25’)
Western United: 
5 (Berisha 18’ 56′, Diamanti 32’, Burgess 38’, Pain 48′)

Coopers Stadium
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referees: Mathew Cream, Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Ryan STRAIN, Michael JAKOBSON (C), Jordan ELSEY, Michaël MARIA (Ryan KITTO 64′), Louis D’ARRIGO, Stefan MAUK (Mohamed TOURE 70′), James TROISI, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Kristian OPSETH 45′), Riley MCGREE, George BLACKWOOD

Unused subs: Dakota OCHSENHAM (GK), Michael MARRONE, Mirko BOLAND

Western United: Filip KURTO (GK) (Ryan SCOTT 12′), Andrew DURANTE, Tomoki IMAI, Steven LUSTICA, Connor PAIN (Josh CAVALLO 88′), Max BURGESS, Besart BERISHA (Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOUS 71′), Josh RISDON, Sebastian PASQUALI, Tomislav USKOK, Alessandro DIAMANTI (C)

Unused Subs: Dylan PIERIAS, Dario JERTEC, Luke DUZEL, Johnathon ASPROPOTAMITIS

Feature image credit: Western United

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Euan James
Lover of all things football. Covering Adelaide United in 2019/20 for TFS!