Western United recorded their first win of the season with a heady 5-4 win over Perth Glory at GMHBA Stadium.
In one of the craziest games in A-League history, an unbelievable eight goals were scored in just 28 minutes of football in the second half.
Saturday afternoon’s duel came to life when the A-League record for goals in the second half was broken after eight goals.
The last came courtesy of Western United midfielder Steven Lustica, who hit a loose ball home in the area to give his side their first win of the season.
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Eight goals scored in 28 minutes!
“At 4-3, I turned to Richard Garcia (Perth coach) and said we were part of something that will repeat for the next twenty years,” said Mark Rudan, Western United manager.
Rudan’s side dominated early on and went 1-0 into the break thanks to Spaniard Victor Sanchez, who scored his first goal in the A-League after an excellent job by Connor Pain on the left.
From there the clash turned into chaos.
Glory coach Richard Garcia made two changes before the second half began to get his side back into the competition. It worked immediately when substitute Carlo Armiento equalized and two minutes later set up Bruno Fornaroli to give Perth the lead.
Mark Rudan witnessed this move and decided to try it himself and get Dylan Pierias off the bank. After the move, the youngster scored two goals in four minutes to regain the lead.
Young Olyroos player Nick D’Agostino then headed his third goal of the season home to match Perth’s level but both sides of another goal by substitute Armiento, Western United, would strike back.
Defender Tomoki Imai scored before Lustica finally ended one of the most dramatic matches Australian domestic football has seen with the winner.