Melbourne City have stunned Adelaide United as they may finally have gotten their form together at AAMI Stadium on Friday night. It was an impressive second half performance from City as they managed a 3-1 win over Premiership chasing Adelaide United.
Melbourne City started the match well, with Jack Clisby looking dangerous for the hosts, nd just four minutes in he forced a save from Eugene Galekovic. Clisby had another chance almost instantly as he took possession and ran forward but shot his effort wide of goal.
But after a good ten minutes for Melbourne City Adelaide City started coming back and had a good ten minute passage of their own. Following that the match went back to a lull as both sides really struggled to break out of the half and they could not create any clear chances.
It looked like the Melbourne City attack was finally starting to click but Adelaide started coming out to control the match. In the 32nd minute the Reds had the lead as some stunning passing movement allowed Sergio Cirio to set up Pablo Sanchez who ran on and slammed the ball past Tando Velaphi.
The lead to a series of just absolute domination for Adelaide United as they completely peppered the Melbourne City goal with shots. That domination did not result in another goal though as they headed to the break just 1-0 up over Melbourne City.
But Melbourne City came out from the break on fire determined to respond and seven minutes in to the half they were back on level terms. The goal was a first for Safuwan Baharudin who was able to get on the end of a ball as Aaron Mooy’s corner was deflected to him allowing him to hit a high powerful shot.
That goal ended 345 scoreless minutes for Melbourne City and just two minutes later they had another and again it was a new signing that managed the goal. Robert Koren sent in a cross that took full advantage of Josh Kennedy’s height allowing him to head it home and give City a shock lead.
Forcing Adelaide United to go for the match, the goal forced the match to open up in an entertaining final half-hour of the match. Adelaide should have had a goal in the 74th minute as they worked the ball in the box well which allowed Craig Goodwin to shoot but his effort was poor and went well wide of the goal.
Ten minutes from time Adelaide could well have been on level terms as Miguel Palanca was able to get a shot away but the challenge from Patrick Kisnorbo was good enough. Palanca went down under that challenge and appealed for a penalty but it was not forthcoming as Adelaide were let down.
Two minutes from time Melbourne City wrapped up a long awaited win and it came thanks to a tap-in. Massimo Murdocca sent in a perfect cross which left Iain Ramsay with the simplest of finishes as he just simply tapped the ball in to the back of the net to seal all three points.