Football: Soccer-Western United down Victory to reach maiden A-League final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Western United scored two late objectives to cost into their first A-League championship final in solely their season of existence with a 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory within the second leg of their semi-final on Saturday.

Forward Lachie Wales struck within the 78th minute to break the mixture impasse, and Dylan Wenzel-Halls sealed the win within the ninth minute of stoppage time at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium.

The 4-2 combination victory despatched United into subsequent week’s “Grand Final” towards reigning champions Melbourne City or Adelaide United, who drew 0-0 within the first leg of their semi-final and meet within the second on the similar stadium on Sunday.

“It’s unreal,” mentioned Wales because the small band of United supporters celebrated a well-known win over the four-times champions and metropolis rivals.

“We had been up towards it tonight, 20,000 booing you and we did it.”

In the absence of United’s injured Italian skipper Alessandro Diamanti, Aleksandar Prijovic had stepped up with two objectives that stored United within the fixture.

The former Serbia striker first worn out the 1-0 combination deficit with a again submit header after Connor Pain had lofted a ball over the Victory defence within the 18th minute.

Victory midfielder Jake Brimmer, who scored the one objective within the first leg, levelled up the tie on the evening earlier than halftime with a fantastically struck free kick.

Four minutes after the break, United had been forward once more after Wenzel-Halls curled the ball behind the defence and Prijovic bought forward of two Victory gamers to poke it into the web for his twelfth objective of the season.

With the tie all sq. at 2-2 on combination, each groups poured ahead on the lookout for the winner. United made the breakthrough, Wales’s shot benefiting from a hefty deflection that despatched the goalkeeper the mistaken method.

Victory, who had been hoping to reach the title decider for the seventh time, hit the woodwork as they besieged the United objective in stoppage time, however Wenzel-Halls put the tie past them with a easy end on the break.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by William Mallard)

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