Diamanti magic takes Western over lacklustre City

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In a tale of two halves, Western United managed to upset in-form Melbourne City in a 2-1 victory after being outplayed in the opening half.

City found themselves on top in the 11th minute when Craig Noone outmanned Dylan Pierias on the wing to play through an awaiting Jamie Maclaren, who dribbled to the touchline to cross the ball to an awaiting Noone.

The most controversial moment came at the 52nd minute. After United had a penalty shout waved away by referee Jonathan Barreiro, in what looked like Nuno Reis lifting his elbow to the face of Iker Guarrotxena in the box.

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United managed to exact their revenge on City after Pierias crossed the ball to an awaiting Besart Berisha on the far post. He sent the ball back across goal to former City player Lachlan Wales, who made an easy header into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

In the second half, the inclusion of Diamanti sparked a resurgence for the depleted Western side, who were slowly slipping out of the game.

Diamanti helped secure United’s second goal after a switch of play pass to Wales, who repaid Berisha’s favour in the penalty box with an unorthodox cross. Berisha managed to bring it down in an awkward manner while bodying out Nuno Reis to put it in the back of the net.

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Patrick Kisnorbo would have been disappointed with his team’s second-half performance, after being so wasteful in front of goal. As both Rostyn Griffiths and Jamie Maclaren had the best chances in the closing 10 minutes.

Ryan Scott proved beyond doubt he is the number one keeper for United, after providing crucial stops in the match’s closing stages and ensuring his side’s victory.

The victory means Western sits seventh on the table to keep their finals hopes alive. The win over City is their first over the side’s, after five previous attempts.

Western United: 2 (Wales 61’, Berisha 66’)

Melbourne City: 1 (Noone 11’)

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
Assistant Referees: Wilson Brown, Andrew Meimarakis
Fourth Official: Adam Bavcar

Western United: Ryan Scott (gk), Andrew Durante, Dylan Pierias, Tomoki Imai, Besart Berisha, Lachlan Wales, Steven Lustica, Connor Pain, Tomislav Uskok, Luke Duzel, Iker Guarrotxena, Brendan Hamill, Alessandro Diamanti, Ivan Vujica, Kaine Sheppard, Jerry Skotadis

Unused subs: Aaron Calver, Filip Kurto (gk)

Melbourne City FC: Thomas Glover (gk), Nuno Pereira Reis, Rostyn Griffiths, Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer-Bohrer, Craig Noone, Nathaniel Atkinson, Andrew Nabbout, Connor Metcalfe, Benjamin Garuccio, Curtis Good, Adrian Luna

Unused subs: Scott Galloway, Naoki Tsubaki, Taras Gomulka, Stefan Colakovski, Marco Tilio, Matthew Sutton

Feature Image Credit: Western United

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