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Melbourne City hangs on for 1-0 win over Adelaide United

Melbourne City teammates mob Terry Antonis after his early goal on Thursday night.

Melbourne City teammates mob Terry Antonis after his early goal on Thursday night. Photo: Getty

A stunning fifth-minute strike from Terry Antonis has proved enough for Melbourne City to record a 1-0 A-League Men victory over Adelaide United at AAMI Park.

Thursday night’s win snapped a run of consecutive losses for the home side and moved them up to fifth on the table, leapfrogging Macarthur FC only on goal difference.

The Reds were under siege from the opening minute with Scott Galloway charging down the left and crossing for Jamie Maclaren, who swept his shot just over the bar from close range.

City were completely dominant and the early pressure told when they broke the deadlock on five minutes.

Leo Natel found Tolgay Arslan, who laid off for Terry Antonis.

The City midfielder ran on to the pass and, without breaking stride, let fly first time from outside the area to leave James Delianov no chance in goal.

Adelaide absorbed more pressure before eventually working their way back into the contest.

On the half hour, City had Jamie Young to thank for ensuring their lead remained intact.

The shot stopper produced a stunning reflex save to deny Hiroshi Ibusuki, whose near-post header from Zach Clough’s corner was destined for the back of the net.

Nestory Irankunda had a couple of chances late in the half, but Young was again equal to the task.

The two sides traded blows following the interval, creating a lively opening to the second half.

Irankunda continued to look dangerous while City attacker Ben Mazzeo had two chances from the right wing, first cutting inside and curling a shot past the far post with his left foot before firing wide with his right.

On 78 minutes, Irankunda squandered a golden chance to equalise. Following a City corner, the 17-year-old winger robbed Callum Talbot just before the halfway line and took off towards Young’s goal with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Before shaping to shoot on the edge of the area, the Bayern Munich-bound attacker appeared to change his mind and attempt to dribble past Young.

But the City ‘keeper won the battle and thwarted the attack.

The game opened up in the closing stages as United pushed for an equaliser and City looked to kill off the contest on the counter.

-AAP
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