Traveling Wanderers batter Melbourne City

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It certainly felt like Friday the 13th as far as Melbourne City were concerned when Western Sydney came to town last night.

A 3-0 victory to Wanderers over City sees the traveling Red & Black rise to third on the A-League ladder with a 3-0 victory but the comprehensive win it not come without controversy.

City had the best chance to open the scoring after 21 minutes as Andrew Redmayne – who was greeted with expected hostility from the Yarraside faithful – nearly gifted a goal to Harry Novillo however he couldn’t convert.

At the half hour mark Novillo attempted to replicate Alex Terra’s famous goal against Perth in Melbourne Heart’s inaugural season however he forgot the part where Terra made contact with the ball.

The Wanderers had a golden opportunity to go into the break with the lead as Connor Chapman took a vital touch from a low cross to prevent Federico Piovaccari from converting.

The teams came back out in the second half and with similar stories written this season already, it was City who were caught on the back foot. The Wanderers made City pay for some slack defending as a beautiful piece of magic by Scott Neville and Dario Vidosic delivered a low cross which was executed by Mitch Nichols to make it 1-0.

Only minutes had passed before Nichols was again taunting the defence as his low cross wasn’t capitalised on by Piovaccari.

An ambiguous call by linesman Brad Hobson led to one of the most contentious moment of the season so far. The match official momentarily flagged Vidosic as offside however put his flag back down to allow Piovaccari’s goal to stand.

2-0 to Wanderers in the 61st minute and it seemed the stuffing was knocked out of the Melbourne City players. The following offside flagged by Hobson was greeted by ironic cheers by the City supporters.

Mark Bridge made it 3-0 with five minutes to go thanks to service from Jaushua Sotirio,  putting the win beyond doubt.

A dirty night for Melbourne City, who despite the controversy barely troubled Andrew Redmayne.

Melbourne City: 1.SORENSEN Thomas, 3. HUGHES Aaron (22. CLISBY Jack 46’), 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 6.PAARTALU Erik, 9.NOVILLO Harry (30. ESPINDOLA Hernan 65’), 18. RETRE Paulo, 19. GARUCCIO Ben, 21. MAUK Stefan, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 25. MELLING Jacob, 28. KUZMANOVSKI Steve (7. GAMEIRO Corey 46’).

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. REDMAYNE Andrew, 3. JAMIESON Scott, 4. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai, 6. NICHOLLS Mitch, 8. DELGADO Dimas, 9. PIOVACCARI Federico (7. CASTELEN Romeo 66’), 10. VIDOSIC Dario, 12. NEVILLE Scott, 18. ANDREU (21. PEPPER Jacob 76’), 19.BRIDGE Mark, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan.

Attendance: 7910

 

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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