A stellar Ross McCormack free-kick has given Melbourne City a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park.

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Wellington held their own from the start as Goran Paracki and Roy Krishna both had chances that went off target in the seventh and ninth minutes respectively.

In the 11th minute Stefan Mauk got involved in some clever link up play resulting in a corner for City.

Two minutes later Nick Fitzergeld had a go with an audacious strike on the volley but was held well by Keegan Smith.

In the 20th minute Bruce Kamau was left in loads of space out on the right with his cross finding Fitzergeld but a mishit header went way over the crossbar.

The pair worked well again two minutes later as Kamau set up Fitzergeld again for a shot but a poor first touch resulted in another chance going over the bar.

With 33 minutes gone Wellington got a very decent chance to give Eugene Galekovic his first test. Ali Abbas had a crack from outside the box and forced Galekovic to pull off a very good save to deny Phoenix’s left-back.

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In the 38th minute Emmanuel Muscat put in a great cross that went directly to Ross McCormack who tried a bicycle kick. It was a good attempt but ended up off target.

Soon after Wellington got the last chance of the half with Dario Vidosic’s low shot was very close to going in but scooting just wide past Galekovic’s right.

Both sides headed into half-time with the match scoreless at 0-0.

After 59 minutes Andrija Kaluderovic had a golden opportunity as he easily made it through City’s backline. He faked the shot, steadied up but scuffed the shot which ended up blocked for a corner.

Ten minutes later the first yellow card was issued to Matthew Ridendon for a clumsy tackle on Kamau.

The foul ended up very costly as McCormack took the free kick. From 30 yards out the Scottish striker fired in a powerful low shot into the bottom right corner which clipped the post on the way through, giving City the 1-0 lead.

Kaluderovic had his chance to respond a few minutes later as he rose high from an Abbas cross. However, the header was off target to the right.

In the 78th minute Kamau got the link up play going again with Fitzgerald but a diving Smith halted this promising move.

After 85 minutes substitute Adam Parkhouse immediately added some spark setting up Krishna. His shot came off the top right corner and bounced to Kaluderovic with his follow up agonisingly close as well.

City survived that little scare and held on to clinch a 1-0 win meaning they keep the perfect start to their season going.

The Phoenix would be disappointed not to take a point after showing promising signs in this match.

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Melbourne City 1 (McCormack 70’)
Wellington Phoenix 0

AAMI Park

Referee: Jonathan BARREIRO
Assistant Referees: Luke BRENNAN & Daniel ILLEVSKI
Fourth Official: Jack MORGAN

Melbourne City
2. MUSCAT Emmanuel, 3. JAMIESON Scott, 5. SCHENKEVELD Bart, 6. MALIK Osama, 7. FITZGERALD Nick, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 13. MAUK Stefan (26. BRATTAN Luke 74’), 18. GALEKOVIC Eugene (GK), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael (C), 25. LA ROCCA Iacopo, 44. MCCORMACK Ross (17. CAHILL Timothy 81’).
Substitutes: 1. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 9. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 27. BUDZINSKI Marcin.

Wellington Phoenix
2. MULLEN Daniel, 3. GALLOWAY Scott, 4. PARACKI Goran, 8. VIDOSIC Dario, 9. KALUDEROVIC Andrija, 10. MCGLINCHEY Michael (C), 13. ROSSI Marco, 17. ABBAS Ali (12. PARKHOUSE Adam 84’), 21. KRISHNA Roy, 23. RIDENTON Matthew (11. WATSON Hamish 77’), 30. SMITH Keegan (GK).
Substitutes: 1. ITALIANO Lewis (GK), 14. RUFER Alex, 19. DOYLE Thomas.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.