Melbourne City continue undefeated run

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Melbourne City’s undefeated start to the season has continued with a hard-fought 3-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners on a wet night at AAMI Park.

Sporting their inaugural red and white strip, Melbourne celebrated their tenth anniversary in style, with Curtis Good scoring a magnificent header early in the first half.

Adrian Luna and Rostyn Griffiths also hit the scoreboard after the break, delivering the three points to Melbourne.

An 89’ minute goal from Jordan Murray would reduce the margin back to two goals after a second half that was dominated by City.

Melbourne peppered the goals in the opening minute, creating several shots but the defence held strong clearing several crosses, while a wild attempt from Adrian Luna sailed wide.

The Mariners first chance came in the 10’ with a low strike from Samuel Silvera, however it fizzled wide.

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In the 16th minute a thundering shot from City captain Scott Jamieson was belted away by keeper Mark Birighitti, setting up a corner for Melbourne.

From the set play Melbourne struck. Good got his head to ball from the Lachlan Wales cross and found the bottom left corner.

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In the 35th minute a long strike from Craig Noone was deflected away setting up another corner for City. This time Scott Galloway connected with the cross but his header missed wide.

Moments later Noone had another opportunity, however his powerful strike thundered into the crossbar.

Melbourne would create one more chance late in the half with Adrian Luna sliding the ball wide off a Connor Metcalfe pass. At the half Melbourne entered the sheds with a 1-0 lead.

Early in the second half Silvera earned a freekick for the Mariners following an undisciplined foul from Wales. The attempt from Thomas Oar sailed across the face of goal.

In the 52th minute Melbourne had three chances to score with Luna, Wales and Metcalfe all taking shots in quick succession, but the defence scrambled to prevent a score.

However just before an hour of play the Mariners weren’t so lucky.

Melbourne City doubled their lead after Metcalfe surged down the left side delivering a magnificent cross to Luna who slotted the goal into bottom right corner.

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As the half rolled on, the one-way traffic continued.

In the 63th minute City almost scored again. A diving Birighitt blocked Luna’s free kick attempt from distance.

From the corner Melbourne created another chance, but Harrison Delbridge’s shot was deflected by the keeper.

A corner kick in the 77th minute for Central Coast created a scoring opportunity with a header angled towards goal, however Dean Bouzanis managed to gather the bouncing ball on the line.

Up the other end Rostyn Griffiths extended Melbourne’s lead tapping the ball into the back of the net from a free kick play.

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In the 89’ Murray would find space behind the City defence and nail a late goal for the Mariners.

City remain undefeated through five rounds of the A-League while Central Coast after a stunning win last week were unable to back up their performance in Melbourne.

AAMI Park

Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referees: Daniel Ilievski, Andrew Meimarakis
Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Melbourne City: Dean BOUZANIS (gk) Scott GALLOWAY, Scott JAMIESON, Harrison DELBRIDGE, Josh BRILLANTE, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Craig NOONE, Lachlan WALES, Adrian LUNA, Curtis GOOD, Connor METCALFE, Stefan COLAKOVSKI (Sub 80’), Javier CABRERA (84’), Denis GENREAU (Sub 87’).
Unused Subs: Tom GLOVER (gk), Nathaniel ATKINSON, Ramy NAJJARINE, Moudi NAJJAR

Central Coast Mariners:  Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), Ian Zygmunt GORDON, Jack CLISBY, Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, Milan DURIC, Thomas OAR, Daniel DE SILVA, Kye ROWLES, Dylan FOX, Samuel SILVERA, Gianni STENSNESS, Eunsun KIM (Sub 56’), Jordan MURRAY (Sub 67’), Matthew SIMON (81’).
Unused Subs: Adam PEARCE (gk), Michael MCGLINCHEY, Ruon TONGYIK, Joshua NISBET

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan  

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