Melbourne City triumphed over battling champions Brisbane Roar on Sunday afternoon and FourFourTwo's James Hetherington saw it all and provided his assessment of each individual right here.
Mate Dugandzic 6.5
A solid performance from Dugandzic, he won the deciding penalty and offered plenty going forward.
James Brown 6.5
Gave a lot to the team with two shots and two potential assists before being subbed off in the 76th minute.
Damien Duff 4.5
Struggled to have any real influence on the game and was subbed off at half time.
Aaron Mooy 7.0
Acted as a midfield general setting up teammates for forward runs and providing plenty himself. He’s penalty conversion would have given the keeper no chance, even if he had picked the right way.
Erik Paartalu 6.0
Missed a golden chance to head home in the 33rd but didn’t matter in the end. Was reliable in the centre midfield spot.
Jacob Melling 6.5
Was a very mixed day for Melling. Had some decent input early but skied a great chance right in front of goal in the 62nd minute. His pass in the 75th though was extroadinary.
Ben Garuccio 6.0
Kept his own at full back but struggled slightly once Sorato and Soloranzo were substituted on. Gave away a threatening free kick in the 87the minute after being turned inside out.
Patrick Kisnorbo 6.5
Showed good aerial strength and was consistent throughout the game.
Connor Chapman 6.5
Made several very important challenges that cut out Roar’s attack early.
Jason Hoffman 7.0
Had a great day streaming forward for the counter while still keeping Henrique at bay on the left wing.
Tando Velaphi 6.5
Looked slightly nervy earlier in the game but stayed composed for the clean sheet.
David Williams 6.0
Brought a lot more to City than Duff and played an excellent through ball for Dugandzic. Unfortunately he missed a great chance to convert from that play.
Massimo Murdocca N/A
No time to influence.
Iain Ramsay N/A
No time to influence.
Linked up well with teammates and made some darting runs down the left wing. Struggled to get past Hoffman however.
Mensur Kurtishi 4.5
Never really offered much going forward and registered just one shot before being subbed off in the 67th minute.
Brandon Borrello 5.0
Struggled to really make an influence. Was full of energy but couldn’t convert it into output.
Matt McKay 6.5
McKay offered all the spark early for Brisbane and was unlucky not to score in the 28th minute. Kept running all game.
Luke Brattan 6.0
Showcased his intelligence by trying to catch the keeper off his line in the 39th minute and offered some great long passes.
Dimitri Petratos 6.0
Petratos was eager to invigorate the Roar but his passing rarely went deeper than the 18-yard-box.
Corey Brown 5.0
Passing was very sloppy early and constantly had trouble with the runs of Melbourne City.
Matt Smith 6.0
Had a lot to deal with thanks to his fullbacks but did well with some strong passing around the backline.
Jade North 6.0
Some brilliant slide tackling from North kept Brisbane alive but struggled to get forward.
Daniel Bowles 4.5
Started the game very strong acting as the cleanup crew but conceded the penalty with a (very soft) challenge on Dugandzic. Was ultimately the difference.
Jamie Young 6.0
Made some good decisions to come out of goals and was not at fault for the penalty.
Adam Sarota 6.0
Took a little bit of time to get going but once more substitutions were made he turned into a menace for the City defense.
Jean Carlos Solorzano 6.5
It’s a shame Solorzano wasn’t on earlier as his 23-minute cameo was the highlight of Brisbane’s day. Kept the ball glued to his foot as he danced around opposition players.
Steven Lustica N/A
Apart from one shot, had no time to influence.comments