Bruce Kamau’s brace gave Melbourne City the opening points of the new A-League season in a 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

In front of 9,089 people, a figure which didn’t match the occasion of the night, Kamau scored a goal in each half to be the difference between the two sides in a game where Brisbane were well outplayed.

Melbourne City controlled the game showing their ability to win and hold the ball in midfield through superior control.

Attacking at every appropriate chance was central to City’s plan early on, playing their full-backs high, passing quickly through midfield and getting the ball in the area.

City’s first chance arrived after 13 minutes when Iacopo La Rocca’s raking ball from defence found new striker Ross McCormack who brought it down perfectly to lay it off for Stefan Mauk, but the midfielder was off balance as he watched his shot fly over the bar.

Brisbane’s first move came from a Nick D’Agostino and Fahid Ben Khalfallah one-two after 19 minutes with the Tunisian slipping D’Agostino’s in behind the City defence; the teenager’s shot smashed against the outside of the post.

Well deprived of the ball, it wasn’t until the half-hour mark that Brisbane put together their first meaningful spell and manufactured chances by getting balls into the area and committing numbers running ahead of the play. But these moments were still sparse in relation to City’s opportunities who had 12 balls into the area at half-time to the Roar’s three.

The Roar’s attacks were still largely disjointed as most of their players were sitting deep to defend the overwhelming pressure from City, which left 38-year-old striker Massimo Maccarone high and unsupported at the top of the formation when Brisbane did finally manage to break free.

A collection of close-calls and near misses for City in the final five minutes of the first half finally provided fruits when, from a corner, Kamau collected the ball on 18 yards and with a gentle first touch to control and a second to find the bottom corner he gave City a 1-0 lead.

Brisbane did their best to twist the flow of the game into their favour in the second half and kept the ball off City for the best part of the opening half hour, creating chances in that time and giving openings to Maccarone and Peter Skapetis.

The match would swiftly be shut out in the 74th minute with Kamau’s second goal – his first A-League brace – being the end-product of a nicely worked passing movement around the box by City which included McCormack and Nick Fitzgerald in the build-up and a deflection to help the ball beyond Michael Theo.

The win is a good start for Melbourne City’s season and should gives them confidence heading into the Melbourne Derby next week.

Melbourne City 2 (Kamau 45’ 74′)
Brisbane Roar 0

AAMI Park (Crowd: 9,089)

Referee: Jarrod GILLETT
Assistant Referees: George LAKRINDIS & Wilson BROWN
Fourth Official: Shaun EVANS

Melbourne City
18. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 2. MUSCAT Manny, 5. SCHENKEVELD Bart, 6. MALIK Osama, 7. FITZGERALD Nick (3. JAMIESON Scott 82′), 11. KAMAU Bruce, 13. MAUK Stefan (12. CROWLEY Braedyn 91′), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 25. LA ROCCA Iacopo, 26. BRATTAN Luke, 44. McCORMACK Ross (27. BUDZINSKI Marcin 82′)

Substitutes: 1. BOUZANIS Dean, 9. CARRUSCA Marcelo

Brisbane Roar
1. THEO Michael, 5. BROWN Corey, 6. PAPADOPOULOS Avraam (3. DEVERE Luke 89’), 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid (16. OXBORROW Mitch 79′), 17. McKAY Matt, 18. CALETTI Joe, 19. HINGERT Jack, 26. D’AGOSTINO Nick (25. AKBARI Rahmat 83′), 33. SKAPETIS Peter

Substitutes: 21. YOUNG Jamie, 24. O’TOOLE Connor

 

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