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Ten-man Heart upset Sydney

MHTvSYDMelbourne Heart won their second game of the season with a late David Williams goal against Sydney FC. 7,647 fans cheered their team on to a gutsy 2-1 comeback at AAMI Park, after going a man down in the first half.

John van’t Schip’s patience with misfiring striker Michael Mifsud had finally run out, with the Maltese international not included in the matchday squad. Jonatan Germano replaced him in the starting line-up. The hosts were still stuck on the bottom of the table with one win all season, having conceded in stoppage time last week to share the points with Adelaide United.

Sydney were looking for back to back wins in Melbourne, after a convincing 5-0 win over bitter rivals Melbourne Victory last week. Unsurprisingly, Frank Farina made no forced changes to the starting lineup that stopped the side’s recent form slump in stylish fashion. Nick Carle replaced the injured Terry McFlynn in midfield, who is expected to be sidelined for three weeks.

While the majority of chances in the opening minutes belonged to Heart, Sydney’s Milos Dimitrijevic came closest in the 17th minute, with an audacious effort from afar that struck the top of the crossbar.

The first half was growing dull until just after the half hour mark, with a poorly timed challenge from Orlando Engelaar on Hagi Gligor, resulting in the Dutchman receiving his marching orders with a straight red card.

Shortly after, Corey Gamiero pounced on a fumble from Andrew Redmayne to break the deadlock, after the Heart goalkeeper failed to collect Ali Abbas’ deflected cross from the left wing.

Heart had a penalty shout in first half stoppage time as Iain Ramsay appeared to have been tripped by Nick Carle, but referee Jarred Gillett signalled play on as Vedran Janjetovic collected the loose ball.

Gillett missed another penalty call in the second half, as a shot from Harry Kewell from outside the box was blocked by Alessandro Del Piero, who raised his arms to protect his face as the ball struck his forearm.

In the 53rd minute, Heart found an equaliser in the most comedic fashion. Patrick Kisnorbo looped a header over the Sydney defence to Jonatan Germano, whose initial chance was cleared as he tried to lob an effort over Janjetovic. The clearance went high and should have been an easy take for the Sydney goalkeeper, but the catch was spilled and Germano made no mistake with his second effort as he passed the ball into the empty net.

As full time approached, both teams looked equally likely to score, but neither  were able to capitalise and finish their chances.

With two minutes left in regulation time, however, David Williams went on a lung-bursting run from inside his own half. He cut inside the Sydney defence as he arrived in the box and slotted the shot into the bottom right corner to finish off the counter-attack, and give Melbourne Heart a late winner.

About the author

avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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  • lindis

    You can say that Melbourne showed a big Heart in this game, love to see a team that put in that spirit.