Three goals inside the first 21 minutes including another Kye Rowles OG, a worrying injury for Alessandro Diamanti and an almost brilliant bicycle kick from Jordan Murray.
Western United v Central Coast Mariners. Not the mens game everyone was waiting for on Sunday as both Rudan and Staj will probably have jobs on Monday (even though Staj is watching coaches around him on the table drop like flies and it’s a year to the day since THAT sacking), but still a decent game to watch.
The Mariners pulled off a thrilling win over Victory last week (to get Kurz sacked) but I wasn’t expecting the same fireworks two weeks in a row.
The bye did wonders for United as they found an early breakthrough just six minutes in. Of course, it had to be Berisha (the kind of aging striker from WU that I’d like Roar to sign). Diamanti coming through with the absolute goods, shaking off defenders to deliver a bloody peach to Berisha who still had to win the ball in the air AND get by Mark Birighitti. Oof, what a header. Damn that man.
Mariners didn’t roll over after conceding like some teams may have, instead continued to try and find a way through United. Milan Durić was close to levelling in the 17th but his effort from the edge of the box was just wide.
Then, a moment Rowles might not have expected again so soon. An own goal. His second in as many weeks. This time only 18 minutes in and Western United doubled their lead. Josh Risdon with an eye for goal and Rowles gets his foot to it, completely beating Birighitti who slapped the ground in anger.
I like Rowles so I feel for him. I also like Mariners being towards the bottom of the ladder though so…
Three minutes later, time for another goal. Max Burgess’ run towards goal drew the Mariners defence towards him, leaving Berisha perfectly placed for a clear shot on goal. I thought Rowles might have had a touch on this one as well as I could have sworn the Berisha strike was headed his way but official report seemed to discount what I thought I saw.
There’s nothing like a few injuries to follow some goals. Durić delivered a free kick straight to the face of Burgess. Simon Hill (our #SokkahTwitter saviour) suggests his nose may have been bleeding, couldn’t see any though. Props to Burgess for putting his face on the line to defend his goal.
Then Diamanti and Daniel De Silva go for the ball at the same time and Diamanti goes down. He’s clutching his foot/ankle straight away and signals he needs to go off. It’s concerning for United and hopefully it isn’t too bad (we’ll know by the time this article goes live). Encouraging that he can walk off.
Murray goes down minutes later, clutching his wrist after he appears to land awkwardly on it. A bit of bandaging and he’s back on, almost good as new.
Connor Pain thought he made it 4-0 in the 37th but it’s flagged offside straight away. Harps is pissed and we’re treated to a rant. That’s all I’ll say on the matter.
Despite Murray’s audacious bicycle kick that very nearly pays off for the Mariners just before half time, United maintain their 3-0 lead going into the break.
HT: WUN 3-0 CCM
The second half lost a bit oomph if I’m honest. Could be because there were no more goals but you felt WUN had it from here. Sure Murray could have scored in the 53rd with his rising header (he didn’t) and Panagiotis Kone should have scored when he hit the cross bar in the 55th (how did he manage that?!).
Shout out to Burgess who was a real stand out for Western United today and if Roar could sign him too that would be great.
FT: WUN 3-0 CCM
By Bree Reidy