An early strike by Connor Ache has secured Western United a treasured 1-0 A-League win over Central Coast on Saturday.
Within the first A-League match to be performed in Tasmania in eight years, Ache’s fifth-minute objective was the distinction at UTAS Stadium in Launceston in a match marked by a complicated VAR intervention within the second half.
Mariners defender Ruon Tongyik’s night regarded over within the 61st minute when he was proven a second yellow card for a problem on Ache.
Earlier than Tongyik may depart the sector nonetheless he was recalled and his dismissal rescinded after the VAR dominated United striker Besart Berisha was offside within the seconds earlier than the foul occurred.
The Mariners nonetheless had been unable to benefit from their stroke of fortune, as they slipped to their fifth defeat of the season.
The loss means Alen Stajcic’s males are in peril of shedding the highest spot they’ve held for a lot of the season, with Adelaide United and Melbourne Metropolis shut sufficient to overhaul the Mariners by the tip of the weekend.
Ache made essentially the most of some static Mariners defending early within the recreation, working a one-two with Berisha earlier than poking the ball house.
Central Coast had been largely outplayed within the opening half however did have their alternatives to equalise with Marcos Urena responsible of a tame end that was comfortably saved by United goalkeeper Ryan Scott with Daniel Bouman unmarked.
Bouman then created an important likelihood however Polish winger Michal Janota was denied by a quick-thinking Scott.
United had their alternatives too, with Spanish midfielder Iker Guarrotxena failing to complete after a pleasant move from Alessandro Diamanti had left him one-on-one with Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti.
Younger gun Alou Kuol, whose transfer to German membership VfB Stuttgart on a four-year deal at season’s finish was confirmed on Friday, got here on within the second half and gave United’s defence loads to consider however the Victorians held on for a win which retains them in contact with the highest six.
United keep in Tasmania to face Wellington Phoenix on Thursday whereas the Mariners return house to host Sydney FC at Gosford subsequent weekend.
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