Match Review: Central Coast VS Melbourne City 1-0

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Melbourne City just continues to disappoint its fans. After an impressive second half performance against Adelaide United last week to earn all three points, it seemed that it could have fired up the team, built confidence and ultimately allowed us to reach the finals.

However, once again, the team dished out a poor performance against a team we have beaten on just one occasion – a little over three years ago. We were to face the bottom three teams in the league in succession but almost unsurprisingly, the run of games has already got off to a bad start. City actually started the game with real, attacking intent and despite finding plenty of space in the final third, it appeared as if they weren’t desperate enough to score.

Very early on, Robert Koren attempted a strike from almost 30 yards out but Reddy was able to parry it away. The opportunities continued to present themselves to the visitors as Aaron Mooy found himself free at the edge of the box and, despite Koren being unmarked on the other side, he chose to try one with his left only for it to be comfortably saved.

The Mariners also had some decent chances in the first term as Isaka Cernak cut in on his right foot only for his effort to swerve away from the net. Josh Kennedy, who opened his scoring account for City last week, also could have put one of his chances away. As expected, he was a threat from corners as the ball met him twice only for the headed attempts to fly over the bar and subsequently kept out by Reddy before Kisnorbo missed the rebound into practically an open net.

The half ended and the fans knew that these missed opportunities would come back to haunt us as they so often do. The team showed very little in the second half which is a reflection on our manager. The importance of the next few games that will define our season, and incidentally decide if we make the finals, should have reminded the players that they needed to play with more aggression and eagerness and take all three points from Gosford. Instead, the players acted completely opposite to that.

A poor second half by City allowed the Mariners to get forward and cause trouble. One major event for our side in the half was the debut of 23-year-old French injury replacement signing – Harry Novillo. He appeared very confident on the ball and wasn’t afraid to beat defenders and have a go. He almost sparked the side’s revival but it wasn’t to be. Eventually, the home side broke the deadlock through a free kick scored by Fabio Ferreira.

City did not seem to be desperate enough to get back into the game as the heads started to drop. Poor decision making on the ball led to costly mistakes. However, a major chance fell to substitute Iain Ramsay right at the death as the ball fell to him at the back post only for Liam Reddy once again to pull off a remarkable save.

The final whistle was blown and it was another terrible performance dished out by Melbourne City. Central Coast were able to edge out the visitors and take all three points once again. Hope for the finals is almost lost for City fans; not because of the predicament on the table but due to our tendency to fail in matches that should very easily be won. A midweek game away to Western Sydney follows before returning to AAMI Park next Saturday against Newcastle Jets.

 

City finished 2014 on a win, will they start 2015 with a win?

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City finished their great performance in December with a win away. Showing that it wasn’t just home advantage but they seem to have hit some winning form.

Newcastle Jets VS Melbourne City:
City travelled to Hunter stadium for this match.

With Koren and Duff in the squad and starting eleven, our forward line up had a completely different look to what we have been used too. With the international stars coming in Dugandzic and Williams both took to the bench for the start.

Koren become the second person, in our short history, to score a hat trick for City, along with him Duff and Mooy were also able to add to the scoreboard, making the final score 5-2 in City’s favour. It was great to see the attacking line up doing what needed to be done and getting the goals, which seemed to be where City had issues for most of the first part of the season.

Our defence had their usual flakey moments which help the Jets create some good goals of their own. Maybe one of the negatives from the match would be to address these moments that our defence still seem to have (from the old Heart days).

Overall it was a great performance from City.

Central Coast Mariners VS Melbourne City:
This game sees Germano coming back from injury and also Retre being promoted, while Melling is out due to suspension. It will be interesting to see the starting line up for the match with players starting to show they are determined to stay in the starting line up.

With the way City has been playing along with the issues hovering over the Mariners this is certainly a match City should capitalise on.

Go City!

Melbourne City VS Central Coast Mariners: Preview

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Firstly it was great being able to watch City vs Roar on SBS last Saturday night. Well done to the A-League, Foxtel and SBS for working that out. I am guessing it could be because of the Asian Cup in January there won’t be as many Friday night games as last season.

Anyway, how was last week? The prospect of being Brisbane Roar’s first victim of the season was scary and going by the past history of our club, it seemed certain. But Melbourne City played a good solid match and it was fitting that our club’s first win under the new owners came against the reigning champions. You can read our full review of the match here.

Stats VS Central Coast Mariners (W/D/L): 1/3/8
(Stats taken from Ultimate A-League web site)

Our form against Central Coast, even at AAMI park, has never been good. However, they seem to be a different club this season. The only win for the Mariners so far was in the first round against Newcastle Jets, with the winning goal from Duke in the 90″ minute.

I think I have worked out Melbourne City’s recruitment policy – players have to have beer names! First Duff and now Miller! Liam Miller is on a short loan, with Mooy and Mauk on international duties and Koren, Germano and Murdocca injured.

City took the advantage early last week and held firm in the second half so it will be interesting to see if they can back it up with our first home win for the season. We will need another solid performance over 90 minutes to make sure we get over the struggling Mariners. It would also be fitting to have our first home win over the Mariners seeing that they were the very first team we played in the A-League and we lost that one.

I’m sure all City fans are eager to see a winning home performance from the club, it’s long overdue.

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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