In a game where City’s kit was the sharpest thing on the field, the Mariners’ newfound luck seemed to run out in the Heart of Melbourne.
On a cold and drizzly night in Melbourne, we celebrate and give thanks for 10 years of Heart/City not being able to win the league. City are sitting pretty at the top of the league with the Wanderers as they adjust to life as the middle child in the Victoria. Not the hated older sibling, not the younger, shinier sibling but a sibling that Noone cares about.
Both teams looked to make it two in a row following their respective wins from last week, City winning perhaps the most important the battle of the night – the battle of the strips. I hate myself for liking the kit.
I still find it so weird to see the mix of red and white then blue and white in the group of City fans. One team, sure… but it feels like a group of away fans got lost and were so drunk they just didn’t care who they ended up standing with, as long as the beer kept flowing.
The Mariners were the slightly better of the two teams in the first 10 mins, Sammy Silerva looking most likely to score but his shot was just wide.
As the rain continued to come down, City started to build some momentum. Scott Jamieson tried his luck from range in the 16th, forcing Birighitti into a full stretch save using his fingertips to push it over for a corner.
Staj already looks pissed to be sitting in the cold while rocking a beanie, so I can only delight in how annoyed he must be to have his team concede from an early corner. Curtis Good gets a head on the corner to make it 1-0 in the 17th, in a move that looked effortless and must (read: should) be crushing for Mariners fans after last week’s performance.
Tommy Oar does his best in the 30th to level the scores with a low shot towards the bottom right but Dean Bouzanis makes a diving save, pushing it as far as Milan Duric, who is ultimately denied by a Jamieson block.
From there City started to control the game a little more, Noone shots from long range here followed by Noone hitting the cross bar there. No one scores and it remains MCY 1 – 0 CCM at HT.
City came out the stronger team in the second half, so it’s no surprise when they made it 2-0 in the 59th. Connor Metcalfe’s cross finds Adrian Luna on the edge of the box who slots it home.
As the half drags on, it’s hard to see the Mariners come back from this even though I’d love to see City lose the week before they travel to Brisbane. Staj sends Matt Simon on in the 81st with the aim to f**k s**t up but City score almost immediately via a Rostyn Griffiths tap in.
A consolation goal for the Mariners in the 89th as Jordan Murray bags a goal and ruins Bouzanis’ clean sheet but it’s a little too late.
Was it a thrilling game? Not by a long shot but City secure the 3 points and Mariners slowly slip out of the Top 6.
FT MCY 3-1 CCM
By Bree Reidy