Rudan ready for tough road test in Gosford


Western United head coach Mark Rudan says his team’s first road trip since round 1 may work in the Green and Black’s favour.

United face another side from Northern NSW this week when they meet Alen Stajcic’s Mariners on Sunday in Gosford. 

The Green and Black have played all their games in Victoria since round 2, with four home games at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong and an away win over Victory at Marvel Stadium.

Last weekend, United hosted the Jets in Geelong. 

A road trip to NSW might work in the side’s favour, Rudan told reporters, ahead of Round 7 Hyundai A-League action on Sunday. 

“It’s another good challenge [for us].  Being away doesn’t really change things too much.

“We got a good away win in the first round in Wellington.

“The boys are really good, irrespective of the Jets [result] it’s a good squad.

“They enjoy being around each other, training with each other and coming in each day to work.

“I don’t think that’ll be a big difference in terms of travelling away, but actually it could work in our favour.

“It allows us to get out of Melbourne. We’ve been here a long time [since returning from Wellington in round 1] and sometimes that change of scenery can do a world of good.

“But it’ll be another tough challenge.”

Match details from round 6

Western United 0

Newcastle Jets  1 (Thurgate, 36′)                                                          

GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Kick-Off: 7:30PM (Local) (7:30PM (AEDT))

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Brown

Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart

Fourth Official: Adam Bavcar

VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Crowd: 5,688

Western United FC Squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER, 4.Andrew DURANTE (26.Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI), 6.Connor CHAPMAN (14.Max BURGESS 70’), 10.Scott MCDONALD (9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS 66’), 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI,

Substitutes not used: 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK), 3.Brendan HAMILL, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 13.Ivan VUJICA

Yellow cards: Alessandro DIAMANTI 56’

Red cards: None

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD (19.Kosta PETRATOS 84’), 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 32.Angus THURGATE (28.Pat LANGLOIS 80’), 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Substitutes not used: 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 4.Nigel BOOGAARD, 25.Jack SIMMONS,

Yellow cards: Nick FITZGERALD 64’, Jason HOFFMAN 75’

Red cards: None


Western United’s next home game is on Sunday, December 1 against Sydney FC at GMHBA Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.00 pm.

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