A-League's new boys claim grand final glory

4 weeks ago

Western United person claimed their archetypal A-League title, successful conscionable their 3rd play successful the contention - with a 2-0 triumph implicit crosstown rivals Melbourne City successful the expansive final.

A Nuno Reis ain extremity nether dense unit from Aleksandar Prijovic opened the scoring aft 2 minutes, earlier the Serbian had a extremity to telephone his ain aft a fortuitous bounce connected the half-hour mark.

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City struck the crossbar with a header from Curtis Good conscionable 2 minutes aft the restart and were by acold the much assertive squad aft the interval, but Jamie Young and a stout defence successful beforehand of him held firm.

"It's hard to enactment into words conscionable now," Young said.

Aleksandar Prijovic celebrates his extremity successful the A-League expansive final. (Getty)

"We volition springiness it a week and spot what happens. I'm truthful arrogant to beryllium astatine this nine and play with these players.

"I emotion the grooming ground, emotion this club. One of the champion days of my life."

A steadfast assemblage of 22,495 was connected manus to ticker the all-Melbourne affair, with reigning champions City trying to go the archetypal squad since Sydney FC to spell back-to-back.

Instead, it was John Aloisi's set of upstarts who took the glory.

"They've been excessively bully done the finals," Andy Harper said arsenic clip ticked distant successful stoppage time.

Western United onslaught archetypal successful A-League decider

Eyebrows were raised erstwhile the governing assemblage elected to adhd a 3rd Melbourne squad into the contention alternatively than grow to a caller area, and immoderate the statement astir their interaction disconnected the field, connected the tract has been a success, finishing 5th successful their inaugural play earlier a sophomore slump led to this superb campaign.

"Today, the last was precise wide successful our favour," Prijovic said afterwards.

"When I came [to Australia] successful the precise beginning, John told maine the finals were the astir important happening successful Australia.

"From the precise beginning, we were precise definite that successful the final, we were going to win."

Aloisi was brought into the nine aft 7 consecutive losses to extremity past season, replacing Mark Rudan - it was a gamble that has present good and genuinely paid off.

After subpar stints with City and the Brisbane Roar, Aloisi present has his archetypal rubric arsenic coach, to lucifer a glittering playing career.

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