Melbourne City W-League Head Coach Patrick Kisnorbo believes his side did enough to emerge with three points from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Adelaide United at Lakeside Stadium.
City struck first when Ashley Hatch registered her maiden goal for the club with a glancing header in the 14th minute, before disaster struck in the 73rd minute as Mautz equalised for the Reds. Kyah Simon had a chance to put the home side ahead in the dying moments, but Willacy spectacularly denied her from the penalty spot.
City had the lion’s share of possession throughout the 90 minutes and created several clear-cut chances, and Kisnorbo admitted the result felt like a defeat.
“I don’t know how many chances we missed, the penalty at the end, the ball just didn’t want to go in,” he said.
“We must be more clinical in finishing – but to come away 1-1 – we obviously dominated the whole game for 90 minutes and we didn’t capitalise on our chances.
“It feels like a loss to be honest. We take the positives, but at the end of the day we walk away with one point instead of three.”
Despite the disappointing result, the City boss is confident in his team’s ability to bounce back and praised the character of his group.
“I think we are gelling really well – we play great football, we are a great group on and off the park,” Kisnorbo said.
“We play with a lot of cohesion, which is promising.
“These girls are world-class, that is why they get Matildas and international call-ups.
“There’s obviously a lot to play for, a lot of points, but we will concentrate on one game at a time.
“We look forward and we start building towards next week.”
City will look to bounce back when they host Canberra United in a double header with the Club’s Men’s team at AAMI Park next Sunday. Click below to purchase your tickets!