Melbourne City’s 16-year-old shines in defeat

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Amidst the noise of the APL’s grand final debacle, Australian football fans may struggle to hold out hope for the future of the sport. Despite this, one young Melbourne City midfielder could be the bright light in gloomy skies.

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Daniela Galic is a tall attacking midfielder who, at the age of 16, has already cemented her place as a mainstay in the starting 11 for Melbourne City.

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On Saturday afternoon’s top of the table clash against Western United, Galic looked comfortable on the ball and was able to successfully link up with Melbourne City’s front three. She was millimetres away from claiming her first goal of the season in her 70-minute spell, when attempting a shot from close range only to lose her balance.

Melbourne City recorded their first loss for the season, however, head coach Dario Vidosic was pleased with Galic’s performance despite making the choice to substitute her in the second half.

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“It was a little bit of a tactical decision, but we also can’t forget that she is a 16-year-old, so we want to develop her, but I also want to look after her as well,” he said.

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“I think it was just a game where we could give her a bit of a rest. We have got good players returning that we have to give minutes to as well, as we have a heavy schedule coming up.”

With the Women’s World Cup only seven months away, the 2022/23 A-League Women season is going to be so important for Galic if she hopes to secure herself a spot in the Australian squad.

Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson most likely will want to go with experience in a World Cup that he will be hoping to go deep in.

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If unsuccessful in gaining selection for 2023, Galic has time on her side. There may be interest from abroad or if she stays home, continuing to develop her game with the 2027 tournament firmly entrenched in her mind.

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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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