The long line of cars snaking down City Vista Circuit before kick-off was the first sign of a grand opening night for Western United.
The A-League side took to the field for its first pre-season friendly before a massive and enthusiatic crowd of 3267.
It was a successful night for Western United with its historic first game ending with a hard-earned 4-0 win over state league 1 club Caroline Springs George Cross at City Vista Recreation Reserve.
United chief executive officer Maurice Bisetto was overwhelmed by the crowd in attendance on a chilly Thursday night.
“It was incredible, it exceeded all expectations,” Bisetto said.
“To have 3000-plus here tonight when it was three degrees at one point on a cold Thursday night … I still can’t believe it to be perfectly honest.”
With a 35th minute free kick from star import Alessandro Diamanti that turned into a powerfully headed goal from Valentino Yuel, Western United was on the board and on its way.
Further goals to Connor Pain, Dylan Pierias and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, completed a perfect start.
Coach Mark Rudan was impressed with his team’s performance.
“Very early stages, but at this point in time, I’m pretty content with what I saw out there,” Rudan said.