Western United have continued their maiden dream start to the season, extending their winning streak to seal win number six.
Coming into the match, Western United missed Matildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo due to management, whilst the Wellington Phoenix were missing Lily Alfeld due to injury.
Whilst both teams started the first few minutes of the first half playing at a chaotic pace, Western United controlled and set the tone, showing more poise and a more settled team.
United looked dangerous in attack, dominating 72 per cent of possession, making it tough for the Phoenix to get the ball out from defence. United’s defensive end in Sydney Cummings, Alana Cerne, Stacey Papadopoulos, and Adriana Taranto limited Wellington’s opportunities going forward and force them to go backward.
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Wellington picked up its possession game, lifting to as much as 40 per cent, but was denied scoring opportunities in the last couple of possessions going into half-time. United was dominant in attack in the first half, having five shots on target compared to the Phoenix’s three.
Wellington opened the second half showing fight and applying pressure on Western United.
The midfield battle continued, whilst the Wellington defensive end continued to challenge Western United.
The first goal of the game came from Tyla-Jay Vlajinic, finding a header and open space inside the box to open proceedings for Western United. United showed their class in the closing 15 minutes of the game, applying the pressure on the Phoenix and forcing turnovers to seal a one-nil victory
United will face a top-of-the-table clash at home with Sydney FC in Round 10 next Wednesday night.
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