Outrageous nine goal thriller sees Western United edge Glory

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It will go down as an all-time A-League classic, with Western United the ultimate victors in a 5-4 win over Perth Glory.

Featuring nine goals and two sides who would not give up, it was a tremendously entertaining match.

After just ten minutes of play, United were awarded with an amazingly worked team goal. Connor Pain with making an amazing run on the left-hand side only to cross it in for a waiting Victor Sanchez with an easy finish.

The subs were on full show with both Dylan Pierias from United and Carlo Armiento from Glory both getting on the score sheet with two goals apiece.

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Armiento scored a beautifully worked goal after receiving a nice pass from Fornaroli on the far touch line to set up Glory’s first goal.

Glory didn’t have to wait long to get in front with leading man Fornaroli this time getting himself on the score sheet with a nice back heal into the net.

After going down 2-1 Pierias managed to get his side back in it with a simple header after a well worked cross by fellow sub-Lachlan Wales. Pierias then doubled his goal tally, blasting a low cross past Liam Reddy; 3-2.

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Poor defending by United allowed Nicholas D’Agostino to slip behind the United wall to score a nice header across Filip Kurto and level the scores at 3-3.

Western United again took the lead after Tomoki Imai waited patiently at the far post to get a nice tap in.

Glory sub Armiento then equalised to make it 4-4 in the 78th minute with a pouncing goal after drilling it on his left foot past Kurto.

The festival of goals was complete when Steven Lustica secured the win for Western United after getting on the end of a Diamanti corner and driving a low shot into the back of the net.

In a thrilling encounter it’s clear both sides have no issues going forward, but defensively both coaches were left wanting much more.

Western United: 5 (Sanchez 10’ , Pierias 60’ 64’, Imai 75’, Lustica 84’)
Perth Glory:  (Armiento 56’ 78’, Fornaroli 58’, D’Agostino 69’)

Stadium: GMHBA Stadium
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
Assistant Referees: Wilson Brown & Daniel Ilievski
Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Western United: Filip Kurto (GK), Aaron Calver, Andrew Durante, Tomoki Imai, Besart Berisha, Steven Lustica, Connor Pain, Ivan Vujica, Victor Sanchez Mata, Tomislav Uskok, Alessandro Diamanti, Lachlan Wales (Sub 59’), Dylan Pierias (Sub 59), ), Brendan Hamill (Sub 60’)
Unused subs: Ryan Scott (GK),  Luke Duzel, Nicolas Milanovic

Perth Glory: Liam Reddy (GK), Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Bruno Fornaroli Mezza, Andrew Keogh, Nicholas D’Agostino, Callum Timmins, Joshua Rawlins, Dane Ingham, Daniel Stynes, Darryl Lachman, Neil Kilkenny, Carlo Armiento (Sub 38’), Riley Warland (Sub 46’), Brandon Wilson (Sub 46’), Bryce Bafford (Sub 65’), Nicholas Sullivan (Sub 78’)
Unused subs: Tando Velaphi, Mason Tatafu, Riley Warland

Feature image credit: Western United

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