Goals abound in Melbourne City win over Adelaide

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Melbourne City has claimed a 4-2 victory over Adelaide United, in an entertaining shootout at Coopers Stadium.

It was an open match, played at a frenetic pace that allowed for a bevvy of opportunities in front of goal.

The tone and intensity of the evening was set early, left back Craig Goodwin booked for a late challenge after only three minutes.

Less than a minute later the Coopers Stadium crowd rose in anticipation and then fell in disappointment when Marcelo Carrusca brilliantly played in Bruce Djite, who’s left footed shot was well saved by Thomas Sorenson.

City’s influential midfield general Aaron Mooy then took centre stage. A dangerous in swinging corner caught the head of Erik Paartalu at the near post to give City the lead.

The blistering opening seemed to set a theme for the night, both teams prepared to attack leaving space at the back for the opportunity to counter.

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Adelaide continued to pepper, forcing the City defence back as they worked the ball into ever more dangerous areas.

But despite Adelaide’s attacking threats City scored the game’s second goal through that man again, Aaron Mooy.

Adelaide failed to clear from the back giving Mooy the opportunity to break into the box, burying the ball expertly into the top of the net.

The second half started much like the first, full of energy and excitement.

First Goodwin’s dangerous cross found the foot of Djite who was unable to direct the ball into the net.

Then City’s Aaron Mooy whipped in a dangerous free kick, but Fornaroli was unable to capitalize on the free header.

It mattered little however, as in the 55th minute Fornarelli dodged and weaved his way through the Adelaide defence before chipping the ball over the head of Hall.

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At 3-0, both teams’ players could have been excused for shutting up shop, but the game surprisingly continued with the same attacking theme.

Goodwin brilliantly combined with Cirio who’s powerful shot found its way into the back of the net bringing the score back to 3-1.

Adelaide continued to push for the second and the now buoyant Coopers crowd suddenly believed. But that dream was quashed soon after when Novillo found Fornarolli, who rounded Hall to make it 4-1 to the visitors.

A late penalty to Pablo Sanchez bought the scoreline back to 4-2, however it was pure consolation.

The victory takes Melbourne City up to seven points, entrenching them well among the top six.

For Adelaide United, the loss continues a disappointing start to the season, piling more pressure upon coach Guillermo Amor.

ADELAIDE UNITED: 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 5. MALIK Osama, 8. ISAIAS, 9. CIRIO Sergio, 10. CARRUSCA, Marcelo, 11. DJITE Bruce, 16. GOODWIN Craig, 17. DUGANDZIC Mate, 18. JEGGO James, 20. HALL John, 21. ELRICH Tarek
SUBS: 2. MARRONE Michael, 7. SANCHEZ Pablo, 14 MELLS George, 24. KAMAU Bruce, 30. SOLARI John

MELBOURNE CITY: 1. SORENSON Thomas, 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 6. PAARTALU Erik, 8. MOOY Aaron, 15 WILLIAMS David, 18.

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RETRE Paulo, 19 GARUCCIO Benjamin, 21. MAUK Stefan, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24. KISNORBO Patrick, 25. MELLING Jacob
SUBS: 3. HUGHES Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 20. VELAPHI Tando, 22. CLISBY Jack, 34. ZINNI Stefan

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Third year Journalism student at the University of South Australia and the current Adelaide Utd Intern at TFS. Love football and support Tottenham Hotspur in the EPL. Twitter: @Juciist

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