Western United FC
Macarthur FC
A-League MW9
Mars Stadium
2021-02-20T06:05:00+00:00
Attendance
1,505
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History-maker Berisha leads Western United's rout of Macarthur

Besart Berisha went outright second on the Australian National League all-time scoring charts with a brace in Western United's 4-1 win over Macarthur FC on Saturday.

The A-League's all-time scorer Berisha added goals number 137 and 138 by pouncing twice in the penalty box in typically predatory fashion, overtaking former NSL striker Rod Brown as the man with the second-most goals in Australian league football.

Iker Guarrotxena kicked off United's resounding four-goal victory by producing a moment of magic to give his side the lead, shimmying past Spanish compatriot Benat before firing a low drive past Adam Federici for his maiden A-League goal.

Guarrotxena was involved in the creation of United's second, releasing Alessandro Diamanti into the clear for the Italian to square to an unmarked Berisha to double the advantage on the cusp of half time.

United saw Matt Derbyshire hit the post and had Aaron Calver clear James Meredith's effort off the line before adding a third against the run of play through Dylan Pierias' wonderful finish on a counter attack set up by Diamanti.

But from there United continued their dominance and Guarrotxena and Berisha took centre stage when the Spaniard measured a wonderful lob in the box that came back off the crossbar before Berisha buried the scraps for a historic A-League goal.

Macarthur netted a late consolation when Matt Derbyshire nodded in Lachlan Rose's cross at the back post for his sixth of the season. 

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Key moments

The contest between the A-League's newest clubs exploded into life when Guarrotxena adorned Mars Stadium with a superlative debut goal. The Spaniard picked up the ball from Steven Lustica and drove toward goal, leaving compatriot Benat for dead before beating Federici with a low drive. 

United clicked into gear following the opened and only an acrobatic intervention from Aleksandar Susnjar prevented Berisha from latching on to Connor Pain's cross at the near post.

At the other end, Filip Kurto got out well to smother Mark Milligan's effort after the ex-Socceroo was found by Benat, while opposite number Federici needed to get down low to push out Guarrotxena's effort.

Berisha made it two on the stroke of half time. Guarrotxena released Diamanti down the left with a beautiful ball, the Italian beat Federici to the ball and squared it to Berisha to fire home. 

United saw Matt Derbyshire hit the post and had Aaron Calver clear James Meredith's effort off the line before adding a third against the run of play through Dylan Pierias' wonderful finish on a counter attack set up by Diamanti.

The visitors were being pulled apart at will and conceded a fourth when Guarrotxena's lob came back off the crossbar and was fired home by Berisha. 

Next matches

Melbourne Victory v Western United 
Saturday 27 February, 2021
Kick off: 7.10pm AEDT
Venue: Marvel Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports 

Sydney FC v Macarthur FC
Sunday 28 February, 2021
Kick off: 4.05pm AEDT
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports