Western United celebrating a Chloe Logarzo goal. (Photo: A-League)

Western United have knocked off ladder leaders Melbourne City in what was a fiery contest at AAMI park, with Chloe Logarzo playing a key role, scoring two of United’s three goals.

It was a fast start from Western United, jumping out of the blocks early. Momentum quickly swung the way of the visitors which resulted in a goal from Adriana Taranto within two minutes, which quickly put Melbourne City on the back foot.

City started to gain momentum after putting together a strong string of link-up plays in their attacking half with Maria Rohas really spearheading their attack.

United was able to absorb the pressure of City but wasn’t able to capitalise when going into their attacking end with the likes of Naomi Thomas Chinnama and Kate Bowen able to mop up possession, playing that rebound role in defence.

City continued to press and apply pressure on Western United and was able to capitalise on the momentum with a goal coming in the 28th minute through Emina Ekic after getting the assist from Rojas.

Coming on at the start of the second half was Chloe Logarzo, who is coming off an ACL injury. Logarzo made an immediate impact on field, adding that extra spark to United’s front half culminating with a goal in the 64th minute to put her side in front.

From there the Western United defence led by Alana Cerne and Sydney Cummings was able to hold off any attempts from Melbourne City to equalise the match. Goalkeeper Hilary Beall was instrumental in United’s win, stopping many attempts from City.

Speaking to the media post-match, Alana Cerne was pleased with her side’s ability to maintain the fight throughout the game, especially when City were pushing and being able to maintain their unbeaten streak.

“We just work hard,” Cerne said. 

“We don’t worry about who we’re playing we just do our things and focus on how we’re playing. We don’t hope we’re going to get the win, we know we’re going to get the win and then we fight like we did today it just proves that we can be the best team and we are the best team.”

That fighting spirit is something that stems from the Western United culture with the group willing to do it for each other.

“That’s the club, we like winning, we like fighting and we’ll do it for each other. If one player goes down we all get around her, get up and score a goal, mistake or anything we back each other and come out on top,” Cerne said.

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Despite playing in the midfield in the NPL, Cerne has been playing as a centre-back for United, developing a strong defensive unit with the likes of Cummings and Beall. 

“I prefer to play centre-back. I’m really enjoying it and playing alongside girls like Syd [Cummings] and Hillary [Beall] behind me is just helping me out a lot and I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to play there and show what I can do.”

Although 4-0, the team still has the ability to get better each week. as they continue to gel together as a unit. 

“Everyone gets better week in and week out. As a back four, plus goalkeeper and our whole team, we keep building and trying to gel altogether and play our best football.”

Western United will face the Newcastle Jets in the side’s next clash on the 28th of December while Melbourne City will play Canberra on Friday night.

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