Melbourne City fight past Brisbane Roar to bolster premiership credentials

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After drawing three of their last four games, Melbourne City have returned to winning ways defeating a resurgent Brisbane Roar 2-1 on Wednesday night to further boost their premiership credentials. 

Coming into the midweek fixture in Brisbane, City have won four of the last five against the Roar.

Both teams came out of the gate fast looking to push and break the other’s resolve early on.

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Brisbane were rewarded for their fast start within the opening 10 minutes.

Henry Hore opened the scoring in the ninth minute collecting a short corner on the edge of the box before dribbling past a defender into the box and calmly curling the ball around Tom Glover in the Melbourne goal slotting it inside the left post for Brisbane to take the lead.

It didn’t take long for City to re-establish themselves in the match, however. 

Less than five minutes later, Andrew Nabout collected a ball out on the wing before cutting it back for Aiden O’Neill, who drove into the box and whipped the ball across the face for Kai Trewin to turn into his own net under heavy pressure from Rodrigues.

The first half continued to feature both teams fighting for control of the match as City began to overrun the Roar. 

Melbourne found their groove and started to control the first half finishing with 60% possession and making 100 more passes than the Roar as the half-time whistle went.

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Coming out of half-time, Melbourne looked to continue with their late dominance from the first half, pushing high and taking the game on more than before. 

This energy early from the break was rewarded as City took the lead for the first time within the first five minutes of the second half. 

Raphael Borges Rodrigues scored with a glancing header, past Jordan Holmes in the Roar goal, from a City free-kick off the right-wing.

Now chasing the game, Brisbane made chances through Luke Ivanovic, who had multiple shots on goal challenging the City defence to show their worth.

Melbourne began to further their dominance, snuffing out Brisbane attacks and controlling the game.

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Cyrus Dehmie had a chance to level the game as he forced a header goalward but the Melbourne City keeper was alert and made a superb save pushing it onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

The Roar continued to try and force their way into the box but City held strong to bag the win away from home.

This win sees City further strengthen their premiership credentials, while the Roar must once again work to prove their place in the league. 

Brisbane Roar 1 (Henry Hore 9’)

Melbourne City 2 (Kai Trewin OG 14’, Raphael Borges Rodrigues 49’)

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Tom ALDRED (C), Luke IVANOVIC (Nikola MILEUSNIC 71’), Jesse DALEY (Ville Matti STEINMANN 80’), Henry HORE, Ryo WADA (Cyrus DEHMIE 57’), Kai TREWIN, Nick OLSEN (Jez LOFTHOUSE81’), Jay O’SHEA, Louis ZABALA (Jack HINGERT 56’)

Unused Subs: Macklin FREKE, Anton Mlinaric, 

Melbourne City: Tom GLOVER (GK), Kerrin STOKES (Carl JENKINSON 60’), Jordan HALL, Curtis GOOD, Jordan BOS, Taras GOMULKA, Aiden O’NEILL, Florin BERENGUER (Tsubasa ENDOH 72’), Stefan COLAKOVSKI, Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES (Max CAPUTO 75’), Andrew NABBOUT (C)

Unused Subs: Manuel PUCCIARELLI, Matt SUTTON (GK), Harry POLITIDIS, Luke ORESTI

Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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Bill Hedley
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Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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