Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar 1-0 Review

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The stage was set at AAMI Park for a massive showdown that would incidentally be very much a six-pointer.

Melbourne City: Played 22 matches. 6th. 30 points

Brisbane Roar: Played 21 matches. 7th. 25 points

A win for City would increase the gap to 8 points as we headed into the tail-end of the season knowing that a finals position is a must. Coming off two consecutive impressive victories against Newcastle and Sydney, we were in good form and having not lost in 7 appearances at AAMI Park, nothing but a win would be acceptable.

Josh Kennedy returned from injury and was immediately at the heart of the action. A ball from Koren in the opening moments of the match saw our Australian marquee man rise to meet it with his head, only to somehow be kept out allowing Jonatan Germano to tap it in for the early lead.

It begged the thought of whether it could be a massively dominant result but it was anything but. City opted to sit back for the majority of the match after the goal which provided the Roar with plenty of possession. James Brown, last week’s match winner, suffered an injury which brought him off and was replaced by Harry Novillo.

Brisbane looked the more threatening as they tested the Melbourne City defence but another brilliant performance by the pairing of Kisnorbo and Jaliens stopped most of their attacks. Tando Velaphi also failed to put a foot wrong once again and kept out every shot that hit him.

The second half continued to see a conservative City side that still had a few chances to kill off the game. Novillo and Germano both saw their attempts fly off target. Fortunately, despite having plenty of the ball, the Roar did not create any clear chances which kept off much of the stress for the home fans and the counter attacks that City were relying on couldn’t be thrived on.

Novillo once again picked up the ball in space in his own defence before striding on towards the other end. He ignored the option Koren provided on the left and opted to shoot himself which allowed a comfortable save for Young in goals.

In the end the three points were ours. However, they weren’t gained in the expected fashion. Fans wanted to see an attacking showcase to provide excitement but City displayed very little of it. Perhaps a while ago (like against CCM in round 6) we would’ve given up a goal late in the match as the team sat deep piling on the pressure, but we were able to win ‘ugly’ similar to last week against Sydney.

The win was the third successive victory and finals, unless an immensely disappointing run-in to the end of the season awaits, seems certain. But will we make it beyond the first round – elimination final?

Brisbane Roar 1-3 Melbourne City: Match Review

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It has been a while since we’ve witnessed Melbourne City win an A-League game. In fact, we hadn’t won one since March when we were still known as Melbourne Heart. Fans were losing hope after having plenty of it before the season kicked off. Winless after four games, City had been put under pressure by pundits, the media and its supporters. But it was eight minutes into the match at Suncorp Stadium against the champions of last season, who were without a point this season, when things started to change.

Patrick Kisnorbo’s long ball from defence led to an opportunity that was surprisingly grasped given our history with missed chances. The ball fell to Mate Dugandzic who set up David Williams for the opener. The goal still left City fans feeling that we’d lose the lead, similarly to the past two weeks. However, just two minutes later, the tide had seemed to turn. Erik Paartalu’s brilliant ball played through Dugandzic who this time took it all the way and finished clinically to extend the lead.

Melbourne City fans, including myself, became shocked. The last time we took a two goal lead was incidentally when we won our last game; in the third derby of last season. However, fans continued to expect a comeback from the Roar but they went into the half time break without pulling a goal back.

Aaron Mooy was once again the outstanding performer in the first term and has quickly become a fan favourite due to his hard work and quality on the ball. Andrew Redmayne also impressed as he pulled off a couple of great saves in a half that saw the visitors opt to play a more counter attacking brand of football as opposed to a possession based one that has been utilised as part of the CFG brand.

The second half saw a debut for 19-year-old Jacob Melling who almost scored within seconds as link up play led to a shot on target for the midfielder. A goal finally came for Brisbane as numerous attacks led to their first. It was a rather fortuitous goal as a shot by McKay had come off Borrello’s head forcing a change of direction, leaving Redmayne with no chance.

It was almost inevitable that the home side would score but they never looked like equalising. Melbourne City continued to hang on to a one goal lead until Aaron Mooy started a counter attack as he spun his marker before producing a wonderful pass to James Brown who set up Marc Marino who came on to score his first ever A-League goal. The 18-year-old celebrated along with the City fans as they knew know that three points beckoned.

The final whistle was blown and the first victory as Melbourne City was achieved. It’s a win that has brought confidence to some fans and hopefully the players as the season started horribly. It was a different style employed by John van’t Schip but it proved to be more effective than the past month of football. However, how will JvS go about the round 6 clash with Central Coast who will not leave many gaps in defence unlike the Roar? We’ll find out next Sunday at AAMI Park!

 

Brisbane Roar VS Melbourne City: preview

¡Adiós David Villa and welcome Jesus! Well, that’s how the Herald Sun confirmed yesterday the arrival of Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy. He won’t actually appear for a few months and hopefully by then Melbourne City is still not searching for a saviour.

It was fun watching Villa play, brief(er) though it was, and good luck to him over in New York City. Our team showed promise once again last week, but there’s still lots to work on. You can read our review of the last match, here.

Stats VS Brisbane Roar (W/D/L): 4/2/6
City at Suncorp stadium (W/D/L): 1/1/4
(Stats taken from Ultimate A-League web site)

Brisbane is our next opponent, the cream of the crop, um, well, maybe not this season. They lost a few good men in the pre-season and it’s showing in their results with no wins so far this season. But playing Melbourne City could be their turning point!

We are sure we don’t need to remind our fans that our team is also on a winless streak, far ahead of Brisbane with a tally of ten matches without a win including last season’s horror end. Mark ‘Bozza’ Bosnich highlighted this in his scathing critique of the club this week. We’d like to say again we hope the team steps up for this one in Brisbane, but we share Bozza’s concerns that there are deep problems and old habits that we just can’t shake off yet. Is it a question of our club leadership or simply poor choices in the selection of players? Let the debate continue as patience starts to wear thin.

This is a pressure match for both teams. We want a win of course, we are hoping for a draw, but the outlook isn’t looking good (ok, Ash checked his magic eight ball for an answer to this).

Go City!

The Big Heart Show “What lies ahead”

Hope you enjoy our latest podcast show “What lies ahead”.

On the show I look at a few of our competition and play some great songs.

A big thank you goes out to The Ugly Kings, secLuse and YIS for letting us play their songs on the show. Melbourne has some fantastic bands going around at the moment and make our show sound great (cause I bring the show down!).

If you have a band in Melbourne and playing gigs and want us to play your song on our show please email us at ash@thebigheart.co, we would love to play your song on our show.

I apologies for it being just me too. I found it strange and hard creating the show on my own, hope you enjoy.

You can also listen too it or download the show via our SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/cityhasheart.
Also follow us on our SoundCloud page so you get our latest show when it happens. SoundCloud of course have an APP so you can listen to it and download it onto your iPhone or Android mobile.

Thanks.

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Harry and Orlando put Heart in the headlines

Melbourne Heart has been in the headlines and highlights this week thanks to Harry Kewell and Orlando Engelaar, despite the club’s finals chances all but ending last weekend. We look at what went wrong against Central Coast and the team’s chances against the Premiers tonight.

Read the full story at redwhiteunite.com, click HERE