Western United pull off comfortable yet dramatic win

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Western United have recorded their fifth win of the season after beating an uninspiring Brisbane Roar 1-0 despite sitting out key veterans in the first half.

Western managed to get themselves infront after sub-Alessandro Diamanti whipped in a cross, leaving all three Roar defenders stranded as the ball found its way.

Dylan Pierias was back post to score a lunging header.

After Mark Rudan decided to sit both Besart Berisha and Diamanti off in the first half, Diamanti again proved why he is one of the best products the A-league has at the age of 37.

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In a chaotic closing few minutes, Western United almost managed to get a second goal after Jamie Young was caught out trying to get a last-minute goal from a corner.

With United on the break, Connor Pain managed to slot a goal into an empty net only to have the chance denied by VAR after a Dylan Pierias handball in the leadup.

The win leaves United and its fans feeling a little more confident in the future this season, after losing their last two games against the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.

Pierias had an early miss in the second half, after Steven Lustica played him in but his shot was blocked by Jamie Young. However, after scoring the winning goal he has again proved why he is the player to watch.

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For Roar and Warren Moon, the loss leaves them having to revaluate their team after failing to record a win since beating Melbourne Victory in early February.

The Roar had an early opportunity to go infront when Riku Danzaki picked up the ball near the halfway line dribbling past a few defenders. Only to bring out a spectacular one-handed save from Ryan Scott.

Despite the win, Rudan had words with the fourth official and main referee, and in the process secured himself a yellow card.

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Western’s best chance of the first half came as Victor Sanchez played Lachlan Wales in on the right-wing to set up a cross to Iker Guarrotxena, who chested it down for Pierias’ volley.

One of the bright spots for both United and the Roar where their keepers, who continued to fluff out any advances by opposition attackers.

The win leaves United in eighth with a game in hand over Roar, who sit seventh on the table.

Western United 1 (Pierias 72′) 

Brisbane Roar 0

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Assistant Referees: Andrew Lindsay, Daniel Ilievski

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Western United: Ryan Scott (gk), Aaron Calver, Dylan Pierias, Tomoki Imai, Lachlan Wales, Steven Lustica, Connor Pain, Victor Sanchez Mata, Tomisalv Uskok, Luke Duzel, Iker Guarrotxena, Alessandro Diamanti, Besart Berisha, Ivan Vujica, Brendan Hamill

Unused subs: Jerry Skotadis, Adisu Bayew, Charlie Emery (gk)

Brisbane Roar: Jamie Young (gk), Corey Brown, Thomas Aldred, Macaulay Gillesphey, Riku Danzaki, Joseph Champness, Jesse Daley, Jack Hingert, Dylan Wenzel Halls, James O’Shea, Kai Trewin, Golgol Mebrahtu, Joshua Brindell-South, Masato Kudo,

Unused subs: Rahmat Akbari, Jordan Courtney-Perkins, Macklin Freke (gk)

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