Western United return to winning ways at the expense of Melbourne City

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Western United have climbed to second place on the A-League Men’s ladder after a 1-0 win over defending champions Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

The home side started the strongest on Saturday night as Alessandro Diamanti’s near-post volley from Ben Garuccio’s cross was saved well by Tom Glover in the sixth minute.

Glover’s heroics continued two minutes later as Garuccio once again curled in a perfect ball, which was headed poorly by Prijovic. It fell into the lap of Lachlan Wales, whose side-foot shot was thwarted by Glover’s right hand once again.

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Jordan Bos was the early standout for Melbourne City, continually getting the better of Risdon on the left-wing.

The away side’s best chance arrived in the 13th minute, as the youngster cut the ball back to Florin Berenguer, whose flick was well saved down low by Jamie Young.

In what was his 350th match, Nikolai Topor-Stanley was awarded a trademark yellow card for a 33rd-minute body check on Stefan Colakovski off the ball. This was matched by Aiden O’Neill in added time for scything down Wales.

The goal-mouth action continued in the 40th minute as City skipper Scott Jamieson’s shot from outside the box took a small deflection off Leo Lacroix. Young reacted brilliantly to parry the shot to safety.

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Both sides were fortunate to make it to the break with a clean sheet intact, as City ended the half on the front foot with Rostyn Griffiths flicking Berenguer’s near-post corner onto the bar in the final moments.

The action continued into the second period, as a neat bit of interplay between Jamieson and Berenguer saw the latter’s shot saved by Young.

City looked dominant in possession, as Western looked to hit on the counter.

It almost worked out perfectly in the 65th minute as Prijovic was fouled and took the free-kick quickly playing Wales in behind the City backline. His ball across goal was a fraction too far in front of Pain to the angst of John Aloisi.

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Two minutes later, Pierias drew a smart save from Glover before a hectic two minutes.

Following a green and black corner, Lacroix’s back-post header hit the arm of Bereneguer, prompting a VAR review and penalty.

As the crowd awaited Diamanti’s penalty hitting the back of the net, Glover had other ideas and superbly dove to his left, denying the Italian.

It didn’t matter much, however, as Steven Lustica capitalised on a goal-mouth scramble, and smashed the loose ball past Glover from beside the penalty spot.

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The result leaves the home side second, whilst City remain in third ahead of next week’s match against Perth Glory.

Western United 1 (Lustica 72’)

Melbourne City 0

 AAMI Park

Referee: Ben Abraham

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick & Daniel Ilievski

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Western United: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Josh RISDON, Leo LACROIX, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Benjamin GARUCCIO, Neil KILKENNY, Steven LUSTICA, Alessandro DIAMANTI (C), Lachlan WALES, Connor PAIN (Dylan PIERIAS 66’), Aleksandar Prijovic

Unused subs: Ryan SCOTT, Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, Jerry SKOTADIS, Nicolas MILANOVIC, Ben COLLINS, Christian THEOHAROUS

Melbourne City: Tom GLOVER (GK), Carl JENKINSON (Manuel PUCCIARELLI 86’), Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Nuno REIS, Scott JAMIESON (C), Aiden O’NEILL, Taras GOMULKA, Florin BERENGUER, Scott GALLOWAY, Stefan COLAKOVSKI (Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES 74’), Jordan BOS

Unused subs: Matthew SUTTON (GK), Jordon HALL, Kerrin STOKES, Max CAPUTO

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Dillon Izon
Dillon Izon
Marketing graduate at Monash University. Sports addicted, fan of Manchester United and Melbourne City. My gran “knows” Gareth Bale.

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