It was Sydney’s third game in six days in case you hadn’t heard, they arrived with the same starting eleven, is this an indication of the lack of depth in their side or justified faith from their coach? Melbourne City should have come into the game with a spring in their step, ready to take control of Sydney, but maybe they were also confused to be in sky blue shirts.
Whilst City dominated possession they never did enough with the ball to look intimidating, with only two shots on target with their 61% possession. When Sydney had the ball they looked more like the slick Sydney we know (thanks for only arriving now and not Tuesday night!).
It only took 16 minutes for Sydney to capitalise from a well hit ball from “mullet man” Grant allowing Retre to score through Galekovic’s legs with many women in attendance/viewing desperate they were Galekovic receiving Retre’s ball through their legs. Ten minutes later Delbridge produces an impressive header to stop Sydney scoring a second. Sydney are unable to capitalise from the resulting corner. Both teams spend the next half an hour pressing each other with minimal result and I find my attention span drifting after a long day and googling seagull jokes, as their numbers increase on the pitch. Not many were very funny….
As the second half begins Seagull FC have too many players on the pitch and it is hard to tell which small white thing is the ball, maybe City are having the same problem. In the 61st minute Grant managed to get another nice pass off to Retre, who put the ball in the path of Le Fondre, who tapped the goal home.
McGree found himself with a yellow card after sliding in, perhaps should have been a red but perhaps LeFondre doesn’t milk it enough and stays on his feet. It is LeFondre that gets the last laugh, scoring his second goal of the match in the 92nd minute. He has now scored seven goals in six appearances, have to be happy with that stat.
While the match was a convincing performance for the sky blues (I think, I THINK this may be their 3rd game in 6 days?) the City Group didn’t have very much to be excited about. Full strength team, Fornaroli up front, the man with the short shorts at the back and the kid who was invited to the Puskas starting.. Is this worrying signs for Melbourne City?
Post match sees Grant win player of the match and even more importantly, our girl Cassandra Treppiedi gave Grant a 10/10 in her Player Ratings on ftbl.com.au. Surely that’s for the haircut, right Cass?
Grant lets everyone know during the post match press conference that he will be keeping the haircut for the season which means we need to work on our jokes, so we don’t repeat them for the next few months!
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