McDonald opens his account as Western United FC make it three from three

Ex-Caltex Socceroo Scott McDonald scored his first goal for Western United as they beat North Geelong Warriors on Tuesday night.

In the new Hyundai A-League club’s third pre-season hit-out, Mark Rudan’s side ran out 2-0 winners at the City Vista Pavilion and Sports Field.

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McDonald opened the scoring 17 minutes before the break with a typically clinical finish.


The 36-year-old, who will play in the Hyundai A-League for the first time in 2019/20 after almost two decades abroad, thrilled the crowd of more than 2000 with his maiden United goal.

Despite dominating possession and chances, United were unable to double their lead until five minutes from time.

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The match-sealer came from the penalty spot, converted by former Bentleigh Greens attacker Valentine Yuel.

Yuel, who scored United’s first-ever goal in their inaugural match against Caroline Springs George Cross, has now scored in all three of the club’s pre-season friendlies.

Scott McDonald has his first goal for Western United FC
Scott McDonald has his first goal for Western United FC


Andrew Durante wore the armband for United in a defence that included Ersan Gulum and Jonathan Aspropotamitis, while international stars Panagiotis Kone and Alessandro Diamanti were rested.

Western United have locked in further pre-season friendlies against Hyundai A-League opposition later this month.

They will take on Adelaide United (September 21) and Sydney FC (September 27) in Ballarat.

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Mark Rudan's side will meet Hyundai A-League opposition later this month
Mark Rudan's side will meet Hyundai A-League opposition later this month