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McCormack brace helps 10-man City to gritty win over United

On-loan striker Ross McCormack hit a first-half double to help Melbourne City maintain their 100% start to the Hyundai A-League season with a classy 2-0 win over Adelaide United on Saturday night. 

In a quality contest, City's hugely impressive start to the season continued with a brilliant defensive display and steely resolve across the park.

For their part, after a big week that included qualifying for the Westfield FFA Cup Final, the Reds were handed a first loss of the A-League campaign in front of a noisy 11,689 fans at Coopers stadium. 

STORY OF THE GAME

  • City were 2-0 up in the first 20 minutes thanks to their Scottish forward, on loan from Aston Villa.
  • The Reds pushed hard after the break as they pinned City back. 
  • City's Osama Malik received his second yellow card after the hour mark to set up a grandstand finish. 
  • United dominated the final stages of the game as they tried to make their one-man advantage pay dividends. 
  • Stefan Mauk had a golden chance to finish United off with 10 mins to go, but prodded his effort wide. 
Matmour (Reds) and Muscat (City) tangle at Coopers
Matmour (Reds) and Muscat (City) tangle at Coopers

GOALS

McCormack (pen), City 11’: 0-1

Izzo was booked for a foul on Stefan Mauk which saw the penalty awarded and the Scot finished with ease. 

McCormack, City 16’: 0-2

McCormack won the foul and then curled a fabulous free-kick from just outside the box. 

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