City claims victory in Adelaide

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A Jordan Elsey own-goal and Luke Brattan thunderbolt secured the points for Melbourne City on a night marred with errors for Adelaide United.

Ramy Najjarine, who had come on for an injured Richie De Laet early, provided the spark in the first-half as he found space inside a congested penalty box before cutting the ball back for Riley McGree who had carved out a small niche of space.

Taking the shot first time, McGree cannoned the ball straight into  Jordan Elsey, who in attempting to block the shot deflected into in for an own goal, giving Melbourne City the lead.

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United almost squared the ledger late in the first half when Michael Marrone found space on the right wing, took a touch and composed himself before delivering an inch-perfect cross.

The cross was met by an unmarked Craig Goodwin who couldn’t keep his header under control, managing to only push it harmlessly wide of Eugene Galekovic’s goal.

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Luke Brattan doubled the scoreline in the 50th minute after another defensive error by Jordan Elsey saw Lachlan Wales play in ex-United star Dario Vidosic.

Vidosic spotted Riley McGree unmarked in the box, only for McGree to misjudge the ball slightly before leaving it for Luke Brattan who took a touch and unleashed a thunderbolt which rocketed into the goal underneath a diving Paul Izzo.

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United continued to push for a goal to get back into the game and found a lot of joy exploiting the left wing as Ben Halloran managed to find a late-arriving Scott Galloway with a laser-like cross.

Galloway smashed a volley first-time which looked to be a certain goal, only to be denied by the lighting reflexes of ex-United captain Eugene Galekovic: securing the three points and clean-sheet.

The win sees City move into fourth position and set-up a mouth-watering Melbourne Derby with Melbourne Victory next week while Adelaide welcome fellow mid-table side Western Sydney Wanderers to Coopers Stadium.

Adelaide United 0
Melbourne City 2  (Elsey own-goal 25′, Brattan 50′)
Coopers Stadium

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Shchetinin
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE (4.Ryan STRAIN 64′), 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 6.Vince LIA,  8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 10.Ken ILSØ (16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 86′), 11.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ (7.Ryan KITTO 46′), 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN.

Unused Substitutes: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 5.Taylor REGAN.

Melbourne City FC squad: 2.Ritchie De LAET (21.Ramy NAJJARINE 22′), 3.Scott JAMIESON (c) , 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD,  8.Riley MCGREE, 10.Dario VIDOSIC (7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS 69′), 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 15.Kearyn BACCUS ( 6.Osama MALIK 91′), 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 19.Lachlan WALES,  26.Luke BRATTAN,

Unused Substitutes: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 11. Michael O’HALLORAN

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A student at University of South Australia who hopes his writing disguises his lack of sporting prowess and a fan who masquerades his choice in mediocre teams as being hipster

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