Melbourne City has played out a 2-2 draw with English League Two outfit Bury FC in the opening game of its preseason tour in the United Kingdom.
The game was played behind closed doors at City’s new home away from home at Manchester City’s Carrington training ground, meaning we are only left with the match report released by the club for details of the encounter. According to that recap, City led the game twice through goals from new recruit James Brown and triallist James Poole, but as was a theme throughout much of Melbourne Heart’s history, the side was unable to hold its advantage.
Playing against a team in the fourth tier of English football, City started the game with a strong-ish team featuring the likes of Andrew Redmayne, Jason Hoffman, Rob Wielaert, Mate Dugandzic and David Williams, as well as new recruits Brown and Aaron Mooy.
Many of those players were replaced at half-time, and City’s second half line-up featured no fewer than four triallists, including the goal scorer Poole. Also featuring after half time for the first time in City colours was big-name Irish recruit Damien Duff.
Reading the official match report, it appears that despite all of the cosmetic changes that have taken place at the club, some themes have not changed...yet. For example, the team “conceded a soft goal from a corner”, while David Williams “spurned a fine chance...rounding the goalkeeper before firing over”.
Okay, that’s a little harsh. This was one of the team’s first friendlies of the new season, but here’s hoping City irons out some of the problems that constantly befell the club in its previous incarnation.
Melbourne City’s next match is on Saturday, when it faces League One team Oldham Athletic at its Boundary Park home ground.
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