Western United makes winning debut

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Western United's Dylan Pierias. Picture Luke Hemer

By Lance Jenkinson

The long line of cars snaking down City Vista Circuit before kick-off was the first sign of a grand opening night for Western United.

The A-League side took to the field for its first pre-season friendly before a massive and enthusiatic crowd of 3267.

It was a successful night for Western United with its historic first game ending with a hard-earned 4-0 win over state league 1 club Caroline Springs George Cross at City Vista Recreation Reserve.

United chief executive officer Maurice Bisetto was overwhelmed by the crowd in attendance on a chilly Thursday night.

“It was incredible, it exceeded all expectations,” Bisetto said.

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Two-year-old fan Santiago cheers on. Picture Luke Hemer

“To have 3000-plus here tonight when it was three degrees at one point on a cold Thursday night … I still can’t believe it to be perfectly honest.”

With a 35th minute free kick from star import Alessandro Diamanti that turned into a powerfully headed goal from Valentino Yuel, Western United was on the board and on its way.

Further goals to Connor Pain, Dylan Pierias and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, completed a perfect start.

Coach Mark Rudan was impressed with his team’s performance.

“Very early stages, but at this point in time, I’m pretty content with what I saw out there,” Rudan said.

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Ethan during the friendly between Caroline Springs George Cross and Western United. Picture Luke Hemer