Manny Aguek: The Western local taking NPL by storm

“My playing style is just; score goals, celebrate for the fans and enjoy yourself.”

That’s what Western United academy star Manny Aguek said about how he likes to play the game, with a wide grin on his face.

And the 21-year-old has certainly got the first point down well, scoring goals regularly in Victoria’s NPL 3 at the moment.

A westie through and through, Aguek has been a vital part of Western United’s inaugural NPL team after joining from Avondale.

Aguek came through junior football at Sunshine George Cross, right in Western United heartland, before stints at South Melbourne and Kingston City.

A recent surge of goals from Aguek has seen him jump to the outright lead in the golden boot race, with 11 goals in 12 matches.

Starting off the season by scoring in each of the first four games, Aguek set the tone early for the form that he was going to bring into the campaign.

Aguek has also scored six in his last four outings, including a hat-trick against Nunawading City and a brace against Whittlesea Ranges – both match-winning performances for United.

Such has been the ruthless consistency of his goalscoring, Aguek has only gone consecutive games without a goal once this season and has scored in two-thirds of the games he has played in.

And Aguek’s form earned him the opportunity to make his professional debut as he came off the bench in each of the last two A-League fixtures.

With 10 games in the NPL season still remaining, Aguek could be eying an astronomical goal tally, and this will provide the perfect preparation for A-League pre-season over the Spring months.

For now, though, Aguek’s full focus is on helping Western United maintain the challenge at the top of NPL 3. Ante Moric’s men will go to Geelong SC this weekend, with the chance to cut the gap to the league leaders.

Match Details

Geelong SC vs Western United

Saturday, 10 July

Kick-off: 5:30pm

Stead Park

Come down and support Aguek and the team in Geelong as he looks to score for the third game in a row to help Western United to an important three points.

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