A-League champions retire to Second Division Sydney United




Western United suffered a shock defeat in the Australian Cup Round of 16, losing 4-3 on penalties to National Premier League side NSW Sydney United.

Prohibitive favorites to win the round of 16 of the domestic knockout competition on Sunday, Western United were stunned in the penalty shootout after the scores tied 1-1 after 120 minutes.

A Western United counter-attack produced the first goal of the game at the Sydney United Sports Center when Connor Pain latched on to a cross on the stroke of half-time.

But Sydney United found the equalizer in the 55th minute after Tariq Maia fired a long-range shot at Western United goalkeeper Jamie Young.

Western United had their chance to seal the game on 90 minutes, but on more than one occasion it was denied by goalkeeper Danijel Nizic.

It was an entry of what was to come from Nizic, who saved Western United’s fifth penalty – diving low to the left to deny Steven Lustica – before Cristian Gonzalez calmly slotted the winner into the top right corner for Sydney United .

Sydney United, who finished eighth in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition this season, are the 10th member federation team to eliminate an A-League club in Cup history.

They qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time after four previous knockout stages.

Last season’s Queensland NPL Premiers Peninsula Power also advanced, beating Melbourne-based Green Gully 2-1.

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