Groundhog day for City

By: Mark Gojszyk

Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season, Round 4

7.30pm, Friday 31 October 2014 – AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne City FC 1 (Kisnorbo 8’)
defeated by
Adelaide United FC (Djite 38’, Carrusca 80’)

Melbourne City farewelled David Villa on Friday night winless, losing to Adelaide 2-1 at AAMI Park to go the first four rounds without a victory.

Again they lost after leading early, when Bruce Djite’s header cancelled out Patrick Kisnorbo’s similar goal early in the contest, before Marcelo Carrusca scored the winning penalty in the second period to ensure that Adelaide lead the competition with three wins and a draw.

City came close to opening the scoring early, when Villa used his trickery in the box to cross a ball to Damien Duff, but Eugene Galekovic saved his volley onto the post.

Kisnorbo rammed home the advantage minutes later, heading home Duff’s corner kick.

Villa was again released on the left before cutting back and shooting, but Galekovic pulled off another strong save to deny a goal.

Soon after the half-hour mark the hosts took the pedal off slightly, and Adelaide pounced, when an overlapping Tarek Elrich swung in a pinpoint cross for Djite to nod past Andrew Redmayne.

City pressed high after the break, and the Reds again relied on Galekovic to save them, when David Villa dribbled past three players on a counter-attack and took a shot from an angle.

The ‘keeper’s block landed to David Williams, who fired over the net from close range.

That was as good as it got for the home side, as minutes later young substitute Bruce Kamau was given too much space to dribble into the box, with Redmayne tripping him and conceding the penalty.

Carrusca then made no mistake from the spot.

Kamau was in the action moments later, sliding in and missing an easy chance in front of an open net when Djite’s cross beat Redmayne.

The result leaves the sides on polar opposites of the competition ladder.

MATCH STATS:

Crowd: 13,005

Melbourne City:
1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 2. Rob WIELAERT, 4. Erik PAARTALU, 6. Aaron MOOY, 13. Jonatan GERMANO (19. Ben GARUCCIO), 8. Mass MURDOCCA (18. Paulo RETRE 84’), 11. Damien DUFF, 9. David VILLA, 23. Mate DUGANDZIC (15. David WILLIAMS 58’), 24. Paddy KISNORBO (c), 17. Jason HOFFMAN

Unused Substitutes: 20. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 25. Jacob MELLING

Coach: John Van ‘t Schip
Yellow Cards: Hoffman 54’ Kisnorbo 64’ Redmayne 78’
Red Cards: None

Adelaide United:
1. Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK, c), 3. Nigel BOOGAARD, 5. Osama MALIK, 9. Bruce DJITE (4. Dylan MCGOWAN 84’), 8. ISAIAS, 9. Sergio CIRIO, 10. Marcelo CARRUSCA (2. Michael MARRONE 90+2’), 16. Craig GOODWIN, 18. Jimmy JEGGO, 21. Tarek ELRICH, 17. Awer MABIL (24. Bruce KAMAU 72′)

Coach: Josep Gombau
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None

Ratings
Referee: Chris Beath 8/10

BOTN Player Points: (out of 6, with no less than 3 named)
3. Tarek Elrich (AU)
2. Bruce Djite (AU)
1. Awer Mabl (AU)

Pitch rating: 6/10
Game rating: 6.5/10

By (Mark Gojszyk)