Bryleeh Henry move pays dividends for Melbourne City

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Melbourne City moved to the top of the table after their 5-1 victory over Newcastle Jets on Saturday. With a game in hand, they will now be looking to go to four wins in a row when they play third-place Western United at AAMI Park next week.

To keep the streak going, City will be looking toward key player Bryleeh Henry to continue her outstanding form, who now has three goals in three games.

A part of the Western Sydney Wanderers outfit since 2020, the 19-year-old Henry only managed to make 15 appearances for the club. However, after signing with Melbourne City in 2022, you wouldn’t be questioned if you thought she was a seasoned veteran who plays week in week out.

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The talented forward was once again in top form for her new club adding a third goal to her season tally. Her ability to play out wide on the right wing and find tap-ins at the far post has been a part of her game head coach Dario Vidosic has been working on.

“One thing we work on is obviously our frontline, I think we should have had more goals in the first half there were opportunities where we worked on it and we just didn’t manage to get to that far post [where Henry was], we probably should have had three or four more tap ins,” Vidosic said.

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It is now looking like questions must be asked of the Wanderers on how (or why) they let such a talented young prospect get away.

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Looking ahead to City’s clash against Western United next week, City will need to be prepared for United’s rock-solid defence that has only conceded two goals this season.

Despite this statistic, Vidosic has made it known to Henry and the rest of his players that he expects nothing but a win.

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“I was asked this week about what our goal is, every week our goal is to win, so we’ll never approach a game where we’re happy just to say, ‘You know, a draw is good enough today’ so the mentality that we try to instil in the girls is that we want to win,” he said.

“I will start to look at Western United now, and we’ll prepare. That will be a good game at AAMI Park it will be a blockbuster top of the table clash, so you know these are the games that we want. I’m sure the girls will be ready and I’m looking forward to it.”

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Henry will have her first opportunity of the season to play at AAMI Park and will surely be hoping that her good form in front of goal ensures she is a constant headache for United.

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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