Western United and Sydney FC play out a 3-3 draw in the A-League
Western United and Sydney FC drew 3-3 in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men on Saturday night, in a thrilling match with chances at both ends. The result leaves United two points behind Sydney in sixth place, with four matches left of the season.
Lachie Wales gave United an early lead, but Robert Mak equalised for Sydney with a neat finish. Connor Pain took the Green and Black back in front with a brilliant shot after assisting United’s opening goal. The highlight of the half was a near third for United, when Dylan Pierias hit the crossbar with a left-footed effort. At half time, United led 2-1.
United extended their lead to two goals early in the second half with an own goal from Sydney’s Luke Brattan, before Sydney brought it back with goals from Diego Caballo and Mak once again. The hosts nearly equalised immediately from kick-off, with Anthony Caceres hitting the post. Sydney continued pushing for an equaliser, hitting the woodwork once again, but were saved by Andrew Redmayne’s saves. Mak scored a stunning long-range curler to draw the match level, and Western United had two big chances to snatch a win, but the match ended in a draw.
Western United made two changes to the team, with Pierias replacing Botic in the starting line-up, and Topor-Stanley replacing Risdon who was suspended. Ramy Najjarine made his Western United debut off the bench. The match had chances at both ends, but ultimately the points were shared, with both teams continuing to battle for finals football.