Melbourne City has continued its preseason with a comfortable 4-0 victory over FC Bendigo.
All four goals were scored by youngsters and trialists, with recent youth signing Marc Marino bagging a brace and trialists Luke Prelevic and Wade Dekker notching goals in the game’s dying stages.
Just as it did in previous matches against semi-professional opponents this preseason, City put out a relatively strong side in the first half before withdrawing many of the regulars at the interval.
Andrew Redmayne started in goal for the first time since his howler against Sydney FC in the FFA Cup defeat, while Iain Ramsay was again deployed at left-back. Manager John van ‘t Schip appears hell-bent on converting yet another winger into a full-back, but the early returns have been far from convincing. Robert Koren sat out the match, but Damien Duff continued his preparations for his inaugural A-League season with a solid display from all reports.
Interestingly, centre-back Paddy Kisnorbo was deployed as striker late in the first half for the second time this preseason. It’s difficult to believe JvS would adopt such a ploy in a serious match against superior opposition, and if anything it has served to highlight a glaring need in the team. Josh Kennedy, come on down!
I did not watch 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 like the recent result against Hume City, here’s hoping the win helped build confidence in the side as it moves closer to the new A-League season.
Up next for City is a match against the Central Coast Mariners in Lismore this weekend.
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