Melbourne City has made it two draws from two on its UK preseason tour after earning a 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic.
City sharpshooter David Williams netted early in the second half to give the away side the advantage. But as was the case in the team's 2-2 stalemate against Bury FC last week, City was unable to preserve its lead as the Latics equalised late on from a set-piece.
Unlike the Bury game, which was played behind closed doors at Manchester City's Carrington training centre, this match took place in front of a small crowd at Oldham's Boundary Park home ground. As such, we have multiple sources from which to source details, including eyewitnesses in addition to live tweets from the official accounts of both City and Oldham.
City put out a fairly experimental side to begin the contest, although seven players who started against Bury kept their places in the line-up, including new recruits Aaron Mooy and James Brown. According to Matt Windley's report for The Herald Sun, Mooy was among the best players in the first half. The cultured midfielder is likely to play a big role in City's 2014-15 campaign, so it is encouraging to hear that he's settling into his new club well.
From all reports, there were chances at both ends throughout the game, but each side found the back of the net just once. Two half-time substitutes combined to give City the lead, with Mate Dugandzic teeing up Williams for his strike. It's difficult to know whether to be glass half-full or half-empty when discussing Williams. Yes, he is likely to be among the team's top goal scorers again this season, but he is also guilty of spurning a number of decent chances. Reports suggest he has squandered opportunities in both of City's UK encounters so far, but here's hoping he sharpens his killer instinct in the coming campaign.
Anyhow, we shouldn't really read too much into preseason results, but if you're that way inclined, City should be relatively happy and the result should not be undersold. Oldham, who play in League One, or two divisions below the English Premier League, kicks off its new campaign in just three weeks' time. The Latics also shocked EPL side Newcastle in their previous preseason fixture. Given that they are therefore far closer to playing truly meaningful games on a consistent basis than City, the Melbourne side can take great heart from the outcome.
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