Melbourne City has returned to the winner’s list with a comfortable 5-0 victory against Hume City.
The A-League side was largely untroubled against its National Premier Leagues opponent, sprinting out to 2-0 lead by half time before adding three second-half goals to complete an easy victory.
The game saw international marquee Robert Koren make his City debut, with the Slovenian playing the first half before being replaced at the interval.
Manager John van ‘t Schip named a fairly strong starting XI that included many likely first-choice players, including new recruits Damien Duff and Aaron Mooy. Tando Velaphi was also preferred to Andrew Redmayne in goal, while David Williams was, as usual, deployed as the lone striker.
Williams opened the scoring halfway through the first period, and centre-back Patrick Kisnorbo doubled the advantage shortly before half-time.
JvS implemented wholesale changes after the break, with several triallists and other youngsters enjoying a run out. The second-half goals were scored by recent youth signing Marc Marino, promising midfielder Stefan Mauk and triallist Stefan Zinni.
I was unable to attend the game, but for some first-hand accounts, visit this thread on the invaluable Melbourne Football forum.
We should not read too much into the result, but here’s hoping the win helped build confidence in the side as it edges closer to the new A-League season.
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