Match Review: Melbourne City VS Adelaide United 3-1

City-Adelaide

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.

Match preview: Melbourne City VS Adelaide United

City-Adelaide

The Adelaide match tonight will round off four weeks of playing against the top four teams. So far we have had one lose and two draws, can we win this one?

Before looking at tonight’s match, you can read all about the Perth match here.

Adelaide punished Western Sydney Wanderers in the dying minutes last round. They are always on the attack and along with the last round win, just recently, smashed the Jets  by 7 goals. Adelaide have the potential to punish City, like Victory did a few rounds previously, our defenders need to be at their best for the full ninety minutes, plus the injury time.

Even with Josh Kennedy in the line up, City have been scoreless the last two matches. City need to score in this match because we will most likely see Adelaide with atleast one goal. To find when they last went scoreless in a match was in round 10 against Brisbane Roar. Maybe some fresh legs might help make this happen with Germano coming into the squad. He is another player who can score when playing well, however we did see him play goalkeeper for the last period of the youth match last week, due to the goal keeper receiving a red card!

Along with this scoreless pressure City needs to stay in sight of that sixth spot. Brisbane has started to find their own winning form and if we are careless it could disappear from us. So a win against Adelaide is important for City to beat one of the top four teams and also to stay in touch for that finals sport.

Maybe we can finally see Kennedy get his first A-League goal along with a win.

An important note to mention is that all members can bring a friend free for the match. Simply show you membership card at gate E ticket window to redeem this offer. Hopefully this might help boost the small crowds we have been seeing recently.

You can catch the squad line up on City’s web site here.

Melbourne City 1-2 Adelaide United: Match Review

After suffering a heart breaking loss against Melbourne Victory in the derby a week before, Melbourne City’s fans knew that anything less than three points would be unacceptable against Adelaide at AAMI Park last Friday night.

City went into the game without a win, having only picked up two draws from the first two rounds. David Villa was set to play his final game for the team, as it was announced his initially promised 10-match guest stint was to be cut short. However, whether or not he will return for a few more matches in December has not been made clear, although, it seems highly unlikely that he will.

The home side started exceptionally well as Patrick Kisnorbo headed home from Damien Duff’s corner to take an early lead. It looked to be the day that could revive our poor start to the season but it wasn’t to be. Adelaide equalised late in the second half through Bruce Djite and the hopes of City fans immediately dropped back to what they were before the match.

David Villa provided plenty of magic down the left side throughout the game, particularly around the 70th minute mark as he beat Cirio and Elrich in terrific fashion before Galekovic saved his shot from a tough angle only for Williams to sky the rebound.

Unfortunately, the Spanish superstar couldn’t bail us out for a third time this season as Adelaide United won a penalty in the 80th minute before Carrusca slotted it past Andrew Redmayne for the 2-1 lead. The match was over and it only seemed like last year (oh wait, it was) that we failed to win a match after so many weeks.

Prior to John van’t Schip’s reappointment, John Aloisi led Melbourne Heart to 18 consecutive matches without a win spanning the 2012-13 and the 2013-14 seasons. Despite JvS’ great start in his second spell with the club, cracks started to show when the team went the last six weeks of last season without a win. That streak has extended to 10 as City are yet to gain 3 points from a match this season.

He has neglected to sign natural full-backs to help the defence and it has definitely proven to be a poor decision as opposing teams are finding it easy to attack through either wing to expose the lack of full-back strength in our side. But that is just one of many issues with the team currently.

City face Brisbane who are also winless but a win for our side seems very unlikely considering our poor form.

Melbourne City VS Adelaide United preview

Ouch! Last week hurt and was hard to watch. It seems it might be easy to change name and colours, but you can’t change the habits of the playing squad overnight, even when new players have been added. It’s going to take some time till we see a strong City line up where we get more than glimpses of the new talent. You can read our match review of the Melbourne Derby, here.

Stats VS Adelaide United (W/D/L): 2/5/5
(Stats taken from Ultimate A-League web site)

Adelaide are playing well, they seem to have kept the great form they finished last season with. Gombau looks like he has his team finely tuned and, like Victory, could cause damage to our defence if we don’t hold the ball.

We really need City to pull their thumbs out and play for the whole 90+ minutes. We have the capability of winning but Adelaide will really test our defence line. Another scary factor is City is on another winless streak of 9 A-League matches now. That’s a place we don’t want to go to again.

Tonight we will see Williams, Germano and Garuccio back in the line up. Koren is still 3-5 weeks away from playing. This is quite possibly Villa’s final game for us and it would be great if he could turn on the class and get the goals to see off Adelaide. Crowd numbers will hopefully be up again to see the Spanish legend in action. I will hedge my bets for this one, if City play strong for the full 90+ minutes then we will win, if not then Adelaide will capitalise and take the points.

Go City!

Melbourne City FC squad:
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
3.Robbie WIELAERT
5.Erik PAARTALU
6.Aaron MOOY
7.Iain RAMSAY
8.Massimo MURDOCCA
9.David VILLA
11.Damien DUFF
13.Jonatan GERMANO
14.James BROWN
15.David WILLIAMS
17.Jason HOFFMAN
18.Paulo RETRE
19.Ben GARUCCIO
20.Tando VELAPHI (GK)
23.Mate DUGANDZIC
24.Patrick KISNORBO (C)
27.Ross ARCHIBALD
***two to be omitted***
Ins:
13.Jonatan GERMANO (promoted)
15.David WILLIAMS (returns from injury)
19.Ben GARUCCIO
Outs: 25.Jacob MELLING (omitted)
Unavailable: 10.Robert KOREN (calf – 3-5 weeks)

More Migliorini-type madness needed against Wanderers

Who hasn’t been a bit inspired by Andrea Migliorini’s two great goals against Adelaide? His efforts fired up the players and the home crowd last week, now we need more of the same from the Heart this weekend. Max and Ash take a look at the week that was and what will be.

Melbourne Heart VS Adelaide United
Ash: The Yarraside’s silent protest during the first half created a very eerie atmosphere. With Mifsud misfiring a few times, defenders making bad mistakes, and ending up with 2 goals down, you could just feel it in the guts. Then the second half started with a bang, Yarraside were as loud as what they ever have been, and Migliorini kicked those 2 great goals. We were looking like a different team. Then Williams got the 3rd to put us in front! I cannot remember the last time that Heart actually won from being down 2 nil, if they ever had. Unfortunately Heart’s luck run out with Adelaide’s equalizer coming from a free kick, which rebounded off Murdocca’s head.

Max: I stared at my twitter feed in disbelief…could the Heart have really bounced back from 2-0 down?! I couldn’t get to the game and how I regret not being there to celebrate with our fans that second half performance, especially those 2 wonder goals from Migliorini – finally someone stood up to inspire the team and restore some belief! How relieved Aloisi and the club must have been to witness this turn around, albeit in front of a lowly crowd, and then how disappointing to not hold on for the win. We shouldn’t pin any blame on giving away that free kick from which Adelaide scored; we have to look at why we didn’t score more goals from excellent chances earlier in the game. I’ve been giving Mifsud the benefit of the doubt for weeks now, but his lack of poise and conviction to score prove he wasn’t the right acquisition. The Mig has proven he can make and take his chances, so why wouldn’t the club do whatever it can to keep a player in great form and release one who’s not? One thing I wondered about the penalty we won – instead of Williams, could Mifsud have taken up the responsibility, if anything to prove to himself that he can score when it matters?

Heart’s stats against WSW (Win/Draw/Lost): 0/0/4(Source: Ultimate A-league)

Our Predictions for Western Sydney Wanderers VS Melbourne Heart:
Ash:Our stats against WSW is played 4 and lost 4. This will be a Mount Everest challenge for the team. If they wanted a turning point match, then this would be a perfect time and club to do it against. I am still down in the gutter, and not sure if we can do it. Looking at the players, this is a game where Kewell needs to come back in and be the star player. We only have Migliorini for, I hear, 2 more weeks, he has become one of our main goal scorers. Not only that all his goals have been outside the box and all have been great goals. If I was in the decision making room I would probably say goodbye to Mifsud and give Migliorini a contract for the rest of the season, because at the moment Heart have all the international spots taken and the Italian is only an injury replacement. If we don’t sign him he could go to another A-League club based on his performances so far.

I am tipping Heart will most likely lose this one, a great result would be a draw and as always would love to see a win.

Max: Equally as exasperating as Mifsud has been the Kewell situation, every week recently we’ve wondered if he will return. This is the game where his experience would be invaluable. Regardless of Kewell, we showed against WSW at home recently that we can match it with this well-drilled unit. Wanderers will have a few key players missing at a time when they look indifferent, whereas the Heart’s desperation to prove itself off the back of a rousing performance should see us not slump back to our typical lethargic away form. But we need a display of courage in the face of Western Sydney’s home ground fire, it’s time players like Golgol and Ramsay stood up and turned good approach work into goals. If Murdocca or Migliorini create the chances, we need others to apply a killer finish. I predict an encouraging draw for the Heart.