Melbourne City deservedly end Reds’ streak

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Melbourne City has become the first side to defeat Adelaide United in 15 games, claiming a deserved 1-0 victory.

The visitors dominated all aspects of the match and made the Reds look second rate in front of a large crowd at Coopers Stadium.

Despite being subdued for the majority of the game, Adelaide started with great zest and flare.

Marcelo Carrusca whipped in a dangerous early cross that almost found La Rocca at the back post.

Despite his full body lunge he couldn’t make contact with the ball; an opportunity Adelaide would later rue.

From there, albeit it slowly, Melbourne City began to dominate proceedings and control all assets of the contest.

Aaron Mooy was having his usual midfield control while Fornarolli was proving hard to mark for the Adelaide defenders.

But City’s most dangerous man was without a doubt Harry Novillo.

The Frenchman made a number of extraordinary forward runs, allowing him to either shoot or deliver a crucial ball into the box.

In the 26th minute Novillo was cynically brought down outside the box, giving Mooy a free kick in a dangerous area.

As expected, his effort was dazzling and forced Galekovic into an outstanding save to keep scores level.

The half time interval came and passed and Melbourne City resumed play as the superior side.

They attacked with terrific intent and didn’t allow Adelaide to complete more than a few passes without making an error.

It was stunning football from the visitors, but it was missing something important; a goal.

In the 70th minute Melbourne City was rewarded for their effort when Nick Fitzgerald curled in an absolute scorcher for the visitors.

His left footed effort was centre metre perfect, sending the travelling supporters into raptures.

From there Melbourne City comfortably saw the game out and could have potentially scored a second or third.

The important victory takes the club to 38 points, just one behind ladder leaders Adelaide and with an attractive run of fixtures to come.

For Adelaide the loss is frustrating but fully deserved.

The Reds have an opportunity to bounce back in a mouthwatering game next weekend against the Wanderers.

ADELAIDE UTD: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 2. MARRONE Michael, 3. LA ROCCA Lacopo, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 6. MAUK Stefan, 9. CIRIO Sergio, 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 11. DJITE Bruce, 14. MELLS George, 16. GOODWIN Craig, 23. ELSEY Jordan.
SUBSTITUTES: 8. ISAIAS, 15. WARLAND Benjamin, 17. DUGANDZIC Mate, 20. HALL John, 24. KAMAU Bruce.

MELBOURNE CITY: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 2. WILKINSON Alexander, 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 11. ZULLO Michael, 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24. KISNORBO Patrick, 27. FITZGERALD Nick, 33. MALIK Osama.
SUBSTITUTES: 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 16. TRIFIRO Jason, 17. DEKKER Wade, 20. BOUZANIS Dean, 25. MELLING Jacob.

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Tim Jucius
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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