Since Melbourne City’s last win against the Western Sydney Wanderers, the team had not scored. For three games, City failed to record a goal in the A-League. It seemed that they’d make it four games, as the home side went into the dressing rooms at half time trailing Adelaide United 1-0 in front of a disappointed crowd at AAMI Park.
John van’t Schip started with an unusual formation with 3 centre backs and Baharudin and Clisby playing as right and left wing backs. City showed some great signs very early on as Jack Clisby made a huge impact. The former Perth Glory left back attacked down the flank and was almost able to hit the back of the net. However, following these attacks, it seemed that our side would not come close to scoring for the remainder of the match and until half time, it was all Adelaide.
In the 32nd minute, United had slotted past Velaphi through Pablo Sanchez from a tight angle. It seemed to be all doom and gloom as all the fans thought it was another winless game for Melbourne City. We failed to make any impact when going forward let alone look like getting back in the game. The half came to an end and the fans knew that only a miracle would turn it around.
JvS procuced a change right off the bat for the second term as Williams was summoned to replace Jack Clisby who had played relatively well. The alteration saw Baharudin move to left back and he excelled in that position. City started the half looking like a whole new team as they attacked with intent and it didn’t take long to prove it.
A corner in the 52nd minute was delivered and deflected to the back post where our Singaporean superstar was unmarked to thump home in front of the Melburnians. Just three minutes later, Koren received the ball on the left and delivered a peach of a cross for our front man Josh Kennedy to head home his inaugural goal for City. It sent the crowd into ecstasy, as no one had seen this turnaround coming. From here on, it was an open game that opened space to make it three for City.
Baharudin, Kennedy and Massimo Murdocca all had chances inside the box to score a third but the sealer failed to arrive. Our Australian marquee man’s hold up play for the remainder of the game was immense as he proved his worth as the target man. The third and sealing goal was finally netted home. David Williams, who turned out the be the super sub through his determination, won back the ball after fighting desperately for it before playing through Murdocca whose cutback sailed to the back post for Ramsay to finish. It capped off a phenomenal second half performance and the final whistle was blown minutes later.
What a victory it was as we came from behind in fine fashion. The Melburnians sung loudly in the first half and they got even louder when the goals came flying in. The hard fought three points put City back into sixth place but it will require consistency for the remainder of the season to cement that spot and compete in the finals.
We play two consecutive away games as we travel to the Central Coast next weekend before visiting Western Sydney midweek.