Melbourne City come from behind to record famous win

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A stoppage time Bart Schenkeveld goal has sealed a famous come-from-behind victory for Melbourne City over the Western Sydney Wanderers in a seven-goal thriller at AAMI Park.

The match had everything as fans were ventured out to AAMI Park for this mid-week fixture were treated to a heart-stopping contest with goals, drama and controversy.

In an eventful first half it was City who wasted little time in opening the scoring.

The home side applied pressure from the kick off and were rewarded with a goal inside the first minute after Ritchie De Laet intercepted a Keanu Baccus back pass which had Wanderers fans shutting their eyes and City fans jumping for joy as De Laet put away the easiest of goals.

Though the Wanderers were quick to put this error behind them and nearly found of the net through Roly Bonevacia in the seventh minute in a passage head coach Markus Babbel would be proud of.

The Wanderers were then granted the chance get back into the game when referee Stephen Lucas pointed to the spot after Curtis Good fouled Jaushua Sotirio in the box, allowing Bonevacia to equalise in the 28th minute.

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But this revival was short lived as Luke Brattan, upon his return, put City in front with a strike from outside the area which had fans at home wishing they were at the ground.

Brattan’s fourth goal of the season coming in the 38th minute with the City midfielder finding space where there was none to put City back in front heading into the break.

The second half started in a similar way to the first albeit it was the Wanderers in the ascendancy.

Tass Mourdoukoutas rose to head home his first A-League goal off a Jordan O’Doherty cross to level the scores in the 49th minute before a hectic turn of events saw Wanderers in front just five minutes later.

Jaushua Sotirio silenced the AAMI Park crowd with a perfectly hit first time attempt from outside the box to give the Wanderers the lead which sparked an all-in brawl in the middle of the ground.

Western Sydney’s task in keeping City out was made all the more difficult a few minutes later when Keanu Baccus was booked for a second time to reduce the visitors to ten-men.

This opened the door for City who peppered the Wanderers goal in a period which saw Kearyn Baccus nearly file a contender for goal of the season and Tarek Elrich deny Lachlan Wales a one-on-one opportunity, robbing the striker of possession as he entered the box.

But the Wanderers could not keep City out forever and the home side found themselves back on level terms in the 84th minute through De Laet who completed his first brace at his new club to set up an exciting final few minutes.

With the match headed for a draw Schenkeveld headed home a 93rd minute winner, sending the home fans into raptures and creating scenes often reserved for Championship winning moments.

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Melbourne City 4 (De Laet 1′ & 84′, Brattan 38′, Schenkeveld 90+5′)

Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Bonevacia 28′, Mourdoukoutas 49′, Sotirio 54′)

AAMI Park

Melbourne City.

2.Ritchie De LAET, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD,  7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Riley MCGREE, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 22.Curtis GOOD, (13.Nathaniel ATKINSON 62’) 26.Luke BRATTAN (30. Moudi NAJJAR 83’), 27.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER , (19.Lachlan WALES 58’)

Unused Substitutes:

1.Mark BIRIGHITTI, 25.Iacopo LA ROCCA,

Western Sydney Wanderers

40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk), 7.Nick FITZGERALD,(11.Bruce KAMAU 72’), 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Rashid MAHAZI, 24.Raul LLORENTE, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 28.Roly BONEVACIA, (18.Marc TOKICH 72’) 33.Tate RUSSELL, 49.Abraham MAJOK (Oriol Riera 86’)

Unused substitutes:

14.Mathieu CORDIER,  20.Vedran JANJETOVIC,

 

Match Official: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Ilievski

Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Meimarakis

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Video Assistant Referee: Kristian Griffiths-Jones

 

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Athos Sirianos
Athos Sirianos
RMIT Journalism | Football Nation Radio Like all football fans my general mood for the week is dictated by how my team performs over the weekend.

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