Sunday, September 5, 2010

New Melbourne A-League franchise can take heart from first victory

New A-League club Melbourne Heart won their first match of the season yesterday with a 1-0 triumph over the visiting North Queensland Fury at AAMI Park before just over 4,000 fans.

After Eugene Sseppuya missed a good chance in the opening minutes for the visitors, Heart took the lead in the 11th minute.

Simon Storey conceded a corner for Fury and then fell asleep at the near post. When he awoke, Heart had taken a short corner and Rutger Worm chipped the ball towards the far post, where 22-year-old Nick Kalmar headed home.

A minute later, it was almost 2-0, but Fury goalkeeper Justin Pasfield managed to turn Matt Thompson’s drive over the bar.

Fury still had much of the play and, in the 16th minute, Gareth Edds over-ran a cross from the left which threatened the Heart goal.

The half ended with Edds driving low and hard, but straight at keeper Clint Bolton.

Bolton again denied Edds in the 58th minute as Heart fought desperately to maintain their lead.

A minute later, Fury keeper Pasfield did well to block a shot from Alex Terra from close range.

Heart substitute Aziz Behich went close in the 61st minute when he blazed just over the bar following a corner.

Two minutes later, Simon Colosimo also went close for the home side when he headed Dean Heffernan’s out-swinging corner narrowly wide.

The Fury were far from finished, however, and in the 74th minute, David Williams shot over the bar from a cutback from the left by Edds.

The result leaves North Queensland Fury in fifth place, level with sixth-placed Melbourne Heart on 5 points each, with Fury having the better goal-difference.

No comments: