Sydney FC vs Melbourne City 0-1 Review

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A win was a must at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Friday night and the odds were stacked against Melbourne City. Although we were entering the match after a 4-0 drubbing of Newcastle Jets at home the previous week, fans still had very little hope. We witnessed two very poor consecutive away losses against CCM and WSW, so the supporters couldn’t have been blamed for the lack of optimism.

A major threat coming into the game for Sydney FC was Austrian striker Marc Janko who recently broke the record for most consecutive matches with a goal in the A-League. But who would have thought that after scoring in seven successive games, that City would not allow the marquee striker to stretch it to eight?

The home side however looked the far more dangerous side. Janko had the first major chance, with the ball played in behind the defence only for his shot to cannon off the post and out of the danger area. Our first opportunity arrived after a delightful ball was played by Aaron Mooy who, despite slipping, had met Germano’s head only for the Argentine’s looping header to fly over and wide of the goal.

Sydney dominated the remainder of the half by getting themselves into great positions. However, although they easily broke through the City defence, they failed to test Velaphi. In the latter stage of the half, Koren had a chance as he stabbed at the ball with the outside of his boot before Janjetovic tipped it onto the crossbar and over for a corner.

The boys in red and white looked lively after the break as an early chance fell to Mate Dugandzic before he quite disappointingly skied the ball over the goal. But the hosts further caused trouble in our penalty area.

Bernie Ibini almost put his side in the lead as Velaphi failed to come out of his area to clear the ball which Ibini was able to hit on target. Fortunately our goalkeeper somehow kept it out, continuing his fine form. The danger was prolonged as the Sky Blues were able to get in behind the last line but Patrick Kisnorbo and Kew Jaliens put in brilliant shifts to keep them scoreless.

In the 81st minute, a quick throw-in was taken which allowed Koren to flick on to Mooy prior to the star man providing a majestic pass to James Brown who calmly went around Janjetovic before slotting into an open net. It was a major shock for Melbourne City fans – obviously a pleasant one. We had taken the lead late on but the fans knew that, knowing our history of late disappointments, it would be a stressful finish to the match.

Fortunately, though, Melbourne City were able to hang on and collect all three points in Sydney. Against all the odds, City had pulled off a valiant win in a type of match that we’ve failed to succeed in for years. The hope of finals remain. Brisbane will play Wellington and Western Sydney both in the space of four days and City will hope that they only gain minimal points before the massive showdown at AAMI Park next Saturday. Another must-win that will define our potential finals appearance.

Come on City!

Melbourne City Vs Sydney FC: Match Preview

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Well, City should be heading into this weekend’s game against Sydney FC on the back of a home win. Two goals and 23 shots at goal proved to be not enough, with Central Coast Mariners taking away the win from us in the dying minutes. The old Heart ways of conceding a lead came back to haunt us. It would have been great to see City fight for another goal, like they did against the Roar.

The big positive I took away from last match was Damian Duff. He has been a fantastic pick up for the club this year. What impressed me was when he rushed right up to Ramsey during the second half and gave him a passionate verbal spray about defending that left back area. It’s great seeing how passionate Duff is playing for City.

Stats VS Sydney FC (W/D/L): 4/6/3
(Stats taken from Ultimate A-League web site)

Sydney is one of the in-form sides at the moment and will be tough to beat. They have not lost a match so far this season and in the last few matches have drawn against the other top teams Adelaide and our cross town rivals. Graham Arnold is a great A-League coach and Sydney did well in recruiting him this season.

Melbourne City need to lift for the full 90+ minutes for this match. We have the players, they just need to fight for the win. This match is going to be tough but I don’t see a reason why we couldn’t win it. Dugandzic is in scoring form at last and our new young recruits like Melling and Brown look hungry to impress.

Good news is that we are sitting in sixth spot after six rounds, which at this point in time is a good spot to be. Other teams at the moment are struggling, we just need to keep our form (and keep it for more than one half) and with returning players and our marquee players coming in soon, our side is developing in the right direction.

Checking my magic eight ball with the question “Will Melbourne City win against Sydney?”, the eight ball replied with “Yes – Definitely”. I hope the magic eight ball is right and I’m picking that result too.

Go City!

Sydney FC 1-1 Melbourne City: Match Review

“The more things change, the more they stay the same”. That was what most Melbourne City fans had thought of when the half time whistle was blown. The club had changed its name, badge and home colours. However, it seemed like the same old Melbourne Heart perhaps due to wearing the red and white shirt in which most of the team’s disappointing results came in.

City had dominated the home side in the first 45 minutes and could have easily gone into the change rooms with a comfortable lead. John van’t Schip’s side, for the first half at least, had carried out what they intended to do; dominate possession and press hard to regain it when it was lost. This was helped by a poor Sydney FC side who had not seemed to turn up until the second term.

A great chance had fallen to the visitors early in the game as a cut back to the edge of the box from Damien Duff had met James Brown who hit the crossbar. The chances didn’t end there as a miss-timed clearance by Ognenovski had led to a chance that should have easily been put away by Dugandzic but had somehow missed. It was a moment that had been a regular occurrence last season as simple chances had gone begging.

Dugandzic had almost allowed fans to forget his disastrous moment as the ball had fallen to him outside the box before he lashed at it first time only to see Janjetovic pull out a great save. City had gone into the half time break looking the better side but the missed chances had let Sydney off the hook.

In the 48th minute, the moment all Melbourne City fans and Australian football fans in general had been waiting for had arrived. David Villa; a former World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and La Liga winner had come on for the visitors.

It appeared to be a completely different home side that entered the pitch for the second stanza as the sky blues had struck first in the 54th minute. Nick Carle’s pass to Corey Gameiro led to a fantastic finish from the 21-year-old from a tough angle which left Andrew Redmayne fuming. It was deja vu for Melbourne City fans as the missed chances had come back to haunt them as they were taken advantage of through Sydney’s first real chance of the game.

The home side suddenly looked very comfortable until a surreal moment had occurred. With his first chance since coming on, David Villa scored for Melbourne City after a great pass from Duff had fallen to his feet. The Spaniard instantly showed his class as he gathered, controlled and slotted the ball in the bottom corner and set the A-League alight. It was something that no City fan, especially those who travelled to the Allianz Stadium, would ever forget.

Chances were few and far between until late in the game when Terry Antonis’ pearler of a shot had rattled the crossbar and was unable to be turned in on the follow up by young Max Burgess.

The final whistle was blown and despite dominating the early stages of the game, City fans along with van’t Schip would be content with a point as it will be something to build on in the next 26 matches. We return to AAMI Park after six months as we host the Newcastle Jets in front of what should be a great crowd.

 

 

Sydney FC VS Melbourne City match preview

Sydney vs heart pictureThat’s me in the picture, top right with that ‘BELIEVE’ cap on, arms crossed standing in the aisle, frustrated. That picture was taken last time we played Sydney over at Allianz Stadium. We lost that day 2-1 with Harry Kewell missing a penalty and of course that Maltese Mifdud, sorry Mifsud, missing a few open goals that my friend’s 5 year son could have kicked.

A lot has changed since that match and now we find ourselves starting the new season against Sydney. Lucky for us this time no Mifsud, in fact, we have lots of new faces along with the new colours, logo and team name. This match could nearly be called ‘The Battle of the Sky Blue’, ironically we will be in our old home colours of red and white.

Stats VS Sydney (W/D/L): 4/5/3
Allianz Stadium (W/D/L): 2/1/2
(Stats taken from Ultimate A-League web site)

Sydney have had a great pre season, which included beating us in the round of 32 FFA cup. Our defence let us down in that match. Our pre season hasn’t been too bad, we played well over in England and we finally had our first pre season win over another A-League club, against Perth Glory recently. Pre season form is often not a gauge for how round 1 will go.

Sydney will be without a few of their key players, I believe some will be on international duty and will miss this match. I think the main advantage that Sydney have over Melbourne City in this match is Graeme Arnold, their coach. He has a fantastic record against us and I am not sure if we did actually beat them while he was coaching Central Coast Mariners.

Let’s hope for our sake that Arnold doesn’t have that hold on us in his new club and that we can come away with a win in the first round to start our new journey on a high. Hopefully David Villa takes the field, while bringing his quality and goals with him.

Looking forward to the new season and round 1.
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
10. Robert KOREN
11. Damien DUFF
14. James BROWN
15. David WILLIAMS
18. Paulo RETRE
20. Tando VELAPHI (GK)
22. Nick KALMAR
23. Mate DUGANDZIC
24. Patrick KISNORBO (C)
26. Marco MARINO
27. Ross ARCHIBALD

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.
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