Western United hang on for draw against Melbourne City

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In what was one of the games of the season so far, Western United hung on for a 2-2 draw against Melbourne City in the A-League Men on Saturday.

An action packed first 45 minutes saw the home side take a 2-1 lead into the break.

It started in the 14th minute, as Nuno Reis’ cross field ball put Maro Tilio in behind a flailing Joshua Risdon. The winger cut the ball back to Andrew Nabbout, whose shot was cleared off the line by Risdon.

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This was the beginning of a hectic five-minute spell as Western continued to use the pace of Dylan Pierias to target City captain Scott Jamieson.

Two minutes later, United took the lead. In a carbon copy of their first goal from last week, Benjamin Garuccio’s corner was met at the near post by towering centre-back Leo Lacroix, who headed through the legs of City’s keeper Matthew Sutton.

In the 18th minute, that lead was almost doubled. Metcalfe lost control of the ball on halfway to Pierias. The pacey winger fed a one-two with Aleksandar Prijovic, before shooting narrowly wide.

That was a sign of things to come, as two former City players were heavily involved in the second goal. Lachlan Wales fed a ball down the line as Pierias chased it down and cut inside past Jamieson much too easily.

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His cut-back found an open Rene Krhin by the penalty spot, who stroked the ball home past Sutton with 30 minutes on the clock. It certainly isn’t a replay that the City skipper will want to see again.

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The away side pushed as the half drew to a close, forcing Young into a couple of good saves.

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The breakthrough came in the 42nd minute, as good build-up play around the edge of the box found Tilio. He slotted the ball amongst four Western defenders to an onrushing Metcalfe, who lashed it high into the net past Young.

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The second half was just as hectic as the first.

Four minutes in and City thought they had levelled. A goalmouth scramble ensued from a corner, as Curtis Good poked the ball goalward only to be thwarted off the line by Lacroix.

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The game fell into the routine of Melbourne dominating possession and Western hitting on the counter, providing for a high degree of excitement.

In the 62nd minute, Metcalfe almost notched his second of the game as his curling strike from outside the box was denied by the woodwork.

However, City found their equaliser three minutes later, as Adisu Bayew gave the ball away cheaply, allowing Aiden O’Neill to play through Jamie Maclaren.

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The City striker made no mistake, powering his strike off the post and past a hapless Young.

Despite bossing the final 20 minutes, City created no clear sights at goal except for Nabbout’s 71st minute volley that was tipped over the bar by Young, and will be disappointed with the result.

The result keeps the two sides level at the top of the table, although Western United still have two games in hand on the defending champions.

Western United 2 (Lacroix 16’, Krhin 30’)

Melbourne City 2 (Metcalfe 42’, Maclaren 65’)

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Western United: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Joshua RISDON (C), Tomoki IMAI, Leo LACROIX, Benjamin GARUCCIO, Dylan PIERIAS, Steven LUSTICA, Rene KRHIN (Jerry SKOTADIS 72’), Adisu BAYEW (Connor PAIN 67’), Lachlan WALES (Dylan WENZELL-HALLS 82’), Aleksandar Prijovic

Unused subs: Ryan SCOTT (GK), Christian THEOHAROUS, Noah BOTIC, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Melbourne City: Matthew SUTTON (GK), Carl JENKINSON, Nuno REIS, Curtis GOOD, Scott JAMIESON (C), Aiden O’NEILL, Connor METCALFE, Florin BERENGUER, Marco TILIO, Jamie MACLAREN, Andrew NABBOUT

Unused subs: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Jordan BOS, Stefan COLAKOVSKI, Tsubasa ENDOH, Taras GOMULKA, Raphael BORGES-RODRIGUES, Kerrin STOKES

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

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