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Melbourne City FC
Melbourne City FC
Melbourne City have held on for their first win this campaign, and Eric Mombaerts’ first win as coach, thanks to a double from Jamie Maclaren.
Melbourne City 2
Adelaide United 1
The two Sunday games to close out Round 2 start with Melbourne City playing host to Adelaide United at AAMI Park. Join The Roar from 4pm (AEDT) for live scores and blog of the game.
The first round draw in the local derby was a workmanlike effort for City, and no doubt they wanted to get through Erick Mombaerts’ first league game in charge without too much damage.
While the draw may well have been mission accomplished for Mombaerts and his men, the next item to check off the list must be to get a win, or else the longer the team goes without their own victory, the heavier that weighs on their shoulders.
City were ultimately lucky against Victory in Round 1, and had Elvix Kamsoba held his run a split second longer, Melbourne would be coming into this match off a first up loss.
But in this league you make your own luck, or at the very least you try to ride it as long as you can, so with a point in the bank, Melbourne now have a chance to pick up a win against a wounded opponent.
The addition of Socceroo Jamie Maclaren may give Melbourne the goals they need to fire up front, and off the back of hard work by the likes of Scott Jamieson, Josh Brillante, and Rostyn Griffiths, Melbourne have the tools to build a win.
Standing in the home side’s way though is an Adelaide unit that will consider their round 1 loss to be something of an injustice, considering the quality in their line-up.
Adelaide started the season poorly, and allowing the reigning champion out to a 2-goal lead was always going to make things difficult.
Still, Adelaide showed true grit to comeback against Sydney, and that should hearten coach Gertjan Verbeek.
A win may well be just a step too far for the Reds, but you still like their ability to take this game to the home side.
Adelaide are without defender Ryan Strain, who has carried on Adelaide’s tradition under Kurz of getting sent off, but the addition of James Troisi into the side might give the away side a little extra something up front.
Adelaide are looking for their first back-to-back wins over Melbourne in three years.
No doubt Melbourne look a little bit more potent up front with the return of Maclaren to the line up, but it is questionable whether that will be enough to carry Melbourne across the line.
Adelaide are already a potent side themselves, and they will see the first start loss to Sydney as an error that requires immediately amendment. Still, a trip to City is a tough trip, so expect the spoils to be shared.
Melbourne City 2 Adelaide United 2
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Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
When: Sunday, 20th October, 4pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505
1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Javier CABRERA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Craig NOONE, 13. Nathniel ATKINSON, 17.Denis GENREAU, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 30. Moudi NAJJAR, 34.Connor METCALFE, 40.Richard WINDBICHLER, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI
2.Michael MARRONE, 5.Michaël MARIA, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Riley McGREE, 10.James TROISI, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 30.Isaac RICHARDS (gk), 31.Mirko BOLAND, 35.Al Hassan TOURE, 34. Yared ABETEW