Melbourne City has continued its impressive start to the 2022/23 A-League Women’s campaign following an emphatic 3-0 victory over the Brisbane Roar at Casey Fields.
Having looked impressive in their season opener against Wellington Phoenix, recording a convincing 4-1 win on the road in New Zealand, they put in just as dominant of a showing in their first game of the season in their home state running out three goal winners once again in front of a healthy home crowd support.
Having taken maximum points from their opening two games, no team has started the season in hotter form with City sitting amongst the top sides on the ladder with a game in hand and a positive goal difference of six goals in just two games.
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Rado Vidosic had star contributors all over the park with his attack threatening while in possession, while the defence was rock solid, City shot-stopper Sally James and her defence keeping a clean sheet.
Boasting the majority of possession (66-34 percent in City’s favour) and registering an additional 10 shots on goal (22-10), the Roar were on the back foot for most of the afternoon, and having started slow out of the blocks they’d finally go down a goal at the half-hour mark before going on to be on the end of a heavy defeat.
Teenager Bryleeh Flo Henry would be the one to break the deadlock, scoring from inside the six-yard box after 30 minutes. Having spurned chances earlier, with Maria Rojas missing a penalty to put the side a goal ahead inside the opening 10 minutes hitting the post and Roar keeper Hensley Hancuff stepping up to deny several chances for City, the home side finally got reward for effort.
The teenager has enjoyed a bright start to life in Melbourne, having come across from the Wanderers during the offseason, Henry has now scored in each of their opening two fixtures. Fellow winger Emina Ekic was impressive on the left side of the pitch, finishing the game with a pass completion rate of 87 percent, she’d cause problems for the Roar’s defence and also added some icing to the cake in the 8th minute, netting City’s third goal of the game.
Maria Rojas was also influential up top, the veteran had an impressive day, missing from the penalty spot early in the game, but she’d not let that get the better of her finishing the game with two goal contributions, playing a large part in putting the game beyond doubt in the second half. She’d double the side’s advantage with a header from close range five minutes into the second half before setting up Ekic for her side’s third goal.
Deeper afield was Leah Davidson who versatile in midfield, rotating through central and defensive midfield, she impressed with her work rate. Driving her side forward in possession, she’d also track back and make several interceptions and recoveries.
Though just two games into the 2022/23 campaign, City is looking like a dangerous threat. While crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory have been the premier side of the competition in recent seasons, City looks to be on a mission to knock their more established neighbour off their perch.
Set to take on the Newcastle Jets next weekend, they’d be eager to continue their winning run going.
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