City hold off Wanderers in pre-season friendly

Melbourne City have registered a tight 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in their Hyundai A-League pre-season friendly at Shepparton's John McEwen Reserve on Friday night.


►Having played in a Westfield FFA Cup quarter final on Wednesday night, Wanderers boss Tony Popovic played an under-strength side against City.

►City boss Warren Joyce handed a debut to new Polish midfielder and marquee signing Marcin Budzinski.

►City's winner came on 21 minutes when a short corner saw Daniel Arzani felled in the box, with the teenage midfielder stepping up to slot the spot-kick past  keeper John Hall.

►The contest petered out somewhat prior to the break, with the Wanderers making a number of changes at the interval.


Melbourne City: 18. Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK), 3. Scott JAMIESON, 5. Bart SCHENKEVELD, 6. Osama MALIK (C), 11. Bruce KAMAU, 13. Stefan MAUK, 14. Daniel ARZANI, 21. Ruon TONGYIK, 25. Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Marcin BUDZINSKI

Substitutes: 1. Dean BOUZANIS (GK), 9. Marcelo CARRUSCA, 12. Braedyn CROWLEY, 34. Connor METCALFE, 35. Ramy NAJJARINE, 26. Christian CAVALLO

Western Sydney Wanderers: 30. John HALL (GK), 5. Brendan HAMILL, 7. Steven LUSTICA, 10. Alvaro CEJUDO, 11. Brendon SANTALAB (C), 24. Raul LLORENTE, 25. Chris HERD, 42. Keanu BACCUS, 49. Abraham MAJOK, 56. Jordan HALL, 65. Nick KROUSOURATIS

Substitutes: 40. Nick SUMAN (GK), 23. Lachlan SCOTT, 54. Kristian POPOVIC, 55. Thomas AQUILINA,  58. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ, 59. Lochlan CONS