A late strike from Jordan O’Doherty has helped Adelaide United to a 2-1 Hyundai A-League pre-season friendly win over Melbourne City on Tuesday afternoon.
STORY OF THE GAME
►The match was played in three, 40 minute periods, with all goals coming after the hour-mark.
►Stefan Mauk gave City the lead before goals from George Blackwood and a last-minute O’Doherty strike handed the Reds the win in Bundoora.
►Both sides showed some encouraging signs in a match played in howling winds and driving rain throughout.
City 1-0: Mauk
A slip in the United defence opened the door for Mauk to be one-on-one with Izzo and he finished clinically past the Reds keeper.
Reds 1-1: Blackwood
The dangerous Karim Matmour was taken down in the penalty area and substitute Blackwood sent Bouzanis the wrong way.
Reds 2-1: O'Doherty
O’Doherty stood over a free-kick just outside the area, sending his effort into the top corner on the keeper’s side.
Melbourne City: Dean BOUZANIS, Manny MUSCAT, Scott JAMIESON, Bart SCHENKEVELD, Nick FITZGERALD, Neil KILKENNY, Bruce KAMAU, Stefan MAUK, Denis GENREAU, Michael JAKOBSEN, Iacopo LA ROCCA
Subs: James DELIANOV (GK), Yaren SOZER (GK), Braedyn CROWLEY, Daniel ARZANI, Ruon TONGYIK, Ramy NAJJARINE, Dylan PIERIAS, Marcello CARRUSCA (T), Christian CAVALLO (T)
Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Michael MARRONE, Taylor REGAN, ISAIAS, Baba DIAWARA, Karim MATMOUR, Johan ABSALONSEN, Nathan KOSTANDOPOULOS, Nikola MILEUSNIC, Ersan GULUM, Ryan KITTO
Subs: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Vince LIA, Mark OCHIENG, George BLACKWOOD, Lachlan BROOK, Jordan ELSEY, Jordan O’DOHERTY, Ryan STRAIN, Paul WILSON, Kristin KOSTANDOPOULOS, Blake CARPENTER