Western United maintain unbeaten start with Glory draw

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A-League newcomers Western United have maintained their unbeaten start to their historic A-League season, playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

Western United opened the scoring through a delightful strike from marquee Panagiotis Kone, before Kristian Popovic - son of Glory coach Tony - salvaged a point with a late header.

The first half was an enterprising but ultimately scoreless affair, with the best chance coming when Perth's Joel Chianese found Bruno Fornaroli in the 33rd minute - only for the striker to direct his header into the arms of Filip Kurto.

A sublime strike from Kone opened United's account in the 49th minute, sparking the contest to life.

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Scott McDonald took possession on the left and cut the ball back to Kone, who took a touch then unleashed a savage strike past Liam Reddy.

The goal gave United even more impetus, with Alessandro Diamanti's scintillating strike forcing a fingertip save from Reddy in the 58th minute.

Two minutes later, Besart Berisha headed home a cross from Dario Jertec, only to be denied by the offside flag.

Perth challenged for an equaliser in the 67th minute when centre-back Gregory Wuthrich found the head of fellow defender Kim Soo-beom, forcing a save from Kurto.

Then a substitution paid off for the Glory, with Popovic equalising in the 76th minute, just eight minutes after entering the game.

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Midfielder Neil Kilkenny sent a dipping ball over the United defence to Popovic, who directed a powerful header past Kurto for his first A-League goal.

In the 82nd minute, United had the chance to re-take the lead when Berisha found Kone, with the midfielder's powerful strike forcing a save from Reddy - only for Berisha's follow-up to be off-target.

Three minutes later, United substitute Dylan Pierias beat the Glory defence with a dashing run forward - set up by the superb Josh Risdon - only to hit the crossbar.

Then, in the 90th minute, Kone tried his luck from long-range once more but dragged his shot wide, leaving his side to settle for a draw.

Source AAP