Melbourne City has recorded their third consecutive win after defeating Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park with Ritchie De Laet notching up his fourth goal of the season.

In an eventful opening half, Warren Joyce was forced to make an early change replacing Riley McGree with Nathaniel Atkinson after McGree received a knock to his knee in a challenge from Brisbane’s Jack Hingert.

Joyce looked to throw the Roar off from the onset by starting Ritchie De Laet as a striker. The 30-year-old looked to use his pace and aerial ability to cause problems for the Roar, despite occasionally being caught offside.

While there was not being a goal in the first half, both goalkeepers had plenty to do in an attacking display from both sides.

City nearly found themselves in front 20 minutes after Lachlan Wales pounced on a divingmDe Laet header to find the back of the net, but was ruled offside.

Brisbane suffered the same fate six minutes later when Adam Taggart’s goal was called offside to the disapproval of the Roar players who crowded the referee, pleading he refer it to the VAR.

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Rostyn Griffiths was impressive in the air from set pieces and forced Jamie Young into a save of the season contender with a long-ranged effort just before half time.

Young’s heroics were on display early in the second half this time tipping a right footed Scott Jamieson attempt on its way into the top right corner over the cross bar.

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City were rewarded for their persistence in the 52nd minute as new-found striker De Laet scored his fourth goal off a Griffiths cross to open the scoring.

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De Laet remained a striker until he was taken off in the 72nd with Warren Joyce taking no risks after revealing the 30 year old was not fully fit during the week.

In more positive news for the home side, Dario Vidosic came on as a substitute after missing last week due to a hip injury.

Brisbane nearly had an equaliser with five minutes to play courtesy of Dario Vidosic whose clearance across goal found D’Agostino who forced a strong save from Eugene Galekovic before Eric Bautheac hit the side netting in a nervous bit of play for the home side.

De Laet’s goal enough to give City their third consecutive win and sees them sitting equal second on the table with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

Melbourne City 1 (De Laet 52′) 

Brisbane Roar 0 

AAMI Park

Melbourne City FC:

Starting XI:

18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Ritchie De LAET,(6.Osama MALIK 72′), 3.Scott JAMIESON (c) , 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Riley MCGREE, (13.Nathaniel ATKINSON 14’),  , 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 19.Lachlan WALES, 22.Curtis GOOD, 26.Luke BRATTAN,(10.Dario VIDOSIC 64′)

Unused Substitutes

1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk),   21.Ramy NAJJARINE,

Brisbane Roar:

Starting XI: 

21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 2.Dane INGHAM, 3.Luke DEVERE, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN,(33.HENRIQUE 74′) 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Adam TAGGART, 11.Eric BAUTHEAC, 14.Alex LOPEZ, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), (26.Nick D’AGOSTINO 71′)  19.Jack HINGERT,  24.Connor O’TOOLE,

Unused Substitutes

1.Brendan WHITE (gk), 15.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS,

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