City take out W-League derby

By Chris Dunkerley:
Westfield W-League – Season 8 – 2015/2016 – Round 2

2pm, Sunday 25 October 2015 – Melbourne Football Stadium (AAMI Park), Melbourne

Melbourne City FC 2 (Marianna Tabain 49′, Aivi Luik 71′)
Melbourne Victory FC 1 (Whitney Knight 90’+2)

New club Melbourne City FC took bragging rights with a solid 2-1 win over established local rivals Melbourne Victory this afternoon.

The first Melbourne derby in national women’s football was always going to be a youthfull enterprise with the Matildas away with the national team in China. Four from City and one from Victory, with a USA international away to boot, made for forced team changes.

It was indeed some of the youngsters who shone in the heat of the day, and the heavy pitch.

The experienced Aivi Luik returning the W-League football as City captain got in a shot in the 22nd minute but it was blocked.

Three minutes later controversy when a ball that it was argued had crossed the line was headed clear by Hannah Brewer. A corner had been swung in from the right, and Jamie Pollock got her head to it for Victory. It failed in its course toward goal and Enza Barilla got her boot to it to lob it goalward.

Alex Chidiac, playing wide on the left for City, was having a great time and her steeply angled shot from the left in the 27th minute gave Melissa Barbieri in the Victory goal some cause for caution.

Beattie Goad hit a speculator to Barbieri in the 35th minute, and  one minute later Laura Spiranovic did likewise to Bourke in the City goal.                                   

Chidiac was again free on the left and came in to grab hold of a loose ball, but her shot was just wide to the right of the post, just before the break.

City took the lead early in the second half, with Marianna Tabain picking up  apass from Rachael Quigley and beating the defence to slip the ball past the advancing Barbieri.  1-0

In the 71st minute Tabain was tripped in the area by Alex Natoli. Aivi Luik made no mistake with her penalty, sending Barbiieri the wrong way.  2-0

Into stoppage time Victory grabbed a consolation, when substitute Whitney Knight made a run on the right, and hot a dipping shot over Bourke from 20m. 2-1

Match details
Crowd: tba

Melbourne City FC: 20. Trudy Burke (gk), 3. Alex Chidiac, 6. Aivi Luik, 13. Rebekah Stott, 15. Amy Jackson (12. Olivia Ellis +86’), 16. Beatrice Goad ( 25. Tessa Sernio +90′), 17. Marianna Tabain, 18. Anisa Guajardo, 22. Hannah Brewer, 23. Tyla-Jay Vlajnic, 24. Racheal Quigley (14. Melina Ayres +83′)
Substitutes not used:   30. Kelsey Quinn (gk)
Cards: Nil

Coach:  Joe Montemurro

Melbourne Victory FC: 1. Melissa Barbieri (gk), 2. Annabel Martin, 3. Thea Slatyer, 5. Brooke Elby, 6. Adriana Taranto (4. Alexandra Natoli +33′), 7. Enza Barilla, 9. Jamie Pollock (15. Jessica Pitts +78′), 10. MelindaJ Barbieri (8. Whitney Knight +69′), 11. Briar Palmer, 12. Melissa Taranto, 14. Laura Spiranovic
Substitutes not used:  13. Cassandra Dimovski (rgk)
Cards: Yellow – Alexandra Natoli 71′

Coach: David Edmondson

Referee: Casey Reibelt   8/10
Assistants:   Laura Moya, Joanna Charaktis
Fourth Official:  Kate Jacewicz

Ratings and points

Game   7/10
Pitch  7/10

3. Alex Chidiac (MC)
2. Beatie Goad (MC)
1. Enza Barilla (MV)