Diamanti and Kone start but youth steal the show in Western United's first match

History was made the west Melbourne suburb of Fraser Rise on Thursday night, as Western United played their first ever match.

Mark Rudan’s side ramped up preparations for their inaugural Hyundai A-League charge with a 4-0 victory over NPL Victoria outfit Caroline Springs George Cross, in front of an excited gathering of fans at the City Vista Pavilion and Sports Field.

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24-year-old attacker Valentino Yuel - who signed for United in March from Bentleigh Greens - etched his name into the club folklore by scoring the club’s first ever goal with a bullet first half header, while Connor Pain, Dylan Pierias and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos also got on the scoresheet.

Ersan Gulum was handed the armband by Rudan, who also gave starting berths to marquee men Panagiotis Kone and Alessandro Diamanti, while former Caltex Socceroos veteran Scott McDonald led the line.

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Western United will play their first ever Hyundai A-League match away from home against Wellington Phoenix on October 2013 in a match that sees Rudan face up against the team he guided to the Finals Series in 2018/19 before walking out with a year on his contract.


It will also be a homecoming for defensive stalwart Andrew Durante, who served the Kiwi club with distinction for nearly 10 campaigns.

Stay tuned to more reaction from Western United’s first ever match…

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