Craig Goodwin’s first-half goal was cancelled out by new recruit Jamie Maclaren as the deadlock could not be broken at AAMI Park.

To the delight of the home supporters, Melbourne City’s January signings Maclaren and Shayon Harrison both started as Warren Joyce opted for a more traditional formation.

Marco Kurz also introduced his newest striker, Jordy Thomassen, into the starting line-up dropping George Blackwood into midfield.

Despite both sides showing off their new toys – chances were few and far between in the first half.

Last week’s hero Nikola Mileusnic felt as though he should have been awarding a penalty in the 27th minute, going to ground in the box after being dispossessed by Harrison Delbridge.

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At the other end, Harrison was receiving plenty of the ball.

The Tottenham Hotspur youth product found space in the 35th minute and despite the encouragement to shoot from the home crowd, the 21-year-old laid the chance off to Florin Berenguer who comically missed the ball completely and fell flat.

But Harrison did not let this faze him and moments later played fellow January recruit Jamie Maclaren through whose low attempt rolled centimetres wide of the post.

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Adelaide United were again on the back-foot moments later when Paul Izzo’s clearance fell to the path of Luke Brattan who was unable to take advantage of the open net from just outside the box.

City would go on to rue these missed opportunities as the Reds pounced on the counter and took their chance on the cusp of half time with Mileusnic combining with Craig Goodwin for the opening goal.

Goodwin’s 45th minute header crept over the line after bouncing down off the crossbar.

City’s hunger for goals increased as the match went on with the home side using their pace along the wings to trouble Adelaide.

Harrison had another opportunity to score a debut goal go amiss as his left footed volley from just inside the box grazed the roof of the net in what was his best chance.

Maclaren’s involvement up until midway through the second half was minimal – until he combined with Brattan to backheel the equaliser after forcing a rare turn over from Paul Izzo.

Maclaren did enough to cause Izzo to spill the ball to Brattan who found Maclaren with a squared pass two yards out for his first Melbourne City goal.

City’s win-less run extends to three matches whereas Adelaide are now unbeaten in their last five.

Adelaide and City still sit fourth and fifth respectively on the table.

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 Melbourne City 1 (Maclaren 69′)

Adelaide United 1 (Goodwin 43′)

AAMI Park

Melbourne City FC

Starting XI:

2.Ritchie De LAET, (25.Iacopo LA ROCCA 70’), 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 9.Shayon HARRISON, 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 19.Lachlan WALES, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER), (8.Riley MCGREE 56’,) 29.Jamie MACLAREN, (10.Dario VIDOSIC 84′)

Unused substitutes:

 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON,

Adelaide United squad:  3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), , 11.Craig GOODWIN, 14.George BLACKWOOD,(16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 85′) 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, (7.Ryan KITTO 62’), 19.Jordy THOMASSEN, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 31.Mirko BOLAND,

Unused substitutes:

1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE, 32.Carlo ARMIENTO

 

Match Official: Peter Green

Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Lindsay

Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Video Assistant Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

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