Melbourne City secure hard fought win over Brisbane Roar

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Melbourne City began a new decade of the W League in perfect fashion, downing Brisbane Roar 2-0 away from home.

City came out guns blazing in the first half at Dolphin Stadium, nabbing their first goal after just six minutes as Milica Mijatovic pounced onto a loose ball in the area to silence the vocal home crowd.

The Roar worked their way back into the game, creating plenty of chances through Hayley Raso and Rylee Baisden and putting the City defence under considerable pressure.

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City midfielder Aivi Luik was pleased with the way her team handled the attacking pressure from the Roar despite being pegged down for much of the match.

“We dropped off a bit, I think we weren’t as good with our organisation, especially in the midfield.

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“We kind of lost track of them a little bit, I think that hurt us. But we were able to get the win, so we’re happy away from home.”

The Roar came from a goal down to defeat Newcastle Jets last week and threatened to do the same again, but the City defence (who have only conceded three goals this season) held firm against the onslaught of chances.

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City had the perfect chance to put Brisbane to bed early in the second half after Katrina Gorry brought down Luik in the home side’s penalty area, but Steph Catley pushed the spot kick wide.

Brisbane continued to press forward for an equaliser as Raso caused plenty of headaches for the City defence, but it wasn’t enough as City nabbed their second goal in the 75th minute.

Mijatovic set up Luik on the edge of the box and the former Roar midfielder thundered the ball past Mackenzie Arnold to assure City of a sixth win on the trot.

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Luik said the team deserved their win after overcoming several periods of shakiness in defence.

“It’s always nice to score but more so to win and I think our team, although it was hard and it wasn’t our best game, I think we played well together and got the win together so that was nice.”

City were able to secure the win despite a number of players falling ill before match, but Luik said coach Rado Vidosic wouldn’t accept any excuses from his team.

“He just told us before the game there were no excuses, a championship team goes out there and gets the job done whether there’s heat, whether there’s illness, whatever there is.”

City leap to the top of the table ahead of the Western Sydney Wanderers after their win and are certainly looking like a championship team after this performance.

The Roar meanwhile face a tough battle to remain in the top four as they face the Wanderers next to begin a run of three matches on the road.

Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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Former snowmaker, TomTom salesman and subpar barista giving sports journalism a whirl. QUT Journalism student covering Brisbane Roar FC in the A-League and W-League.