Melbourne City FC return to action after a week long hiatus as they look to secure a maiden NPL 1 victory against strugglers Brunswick City at Dunstan Reserve on Saturday.
The newly crowned FNYL champions made a promising start to their debut NPL campaign two weeks ago, coming from behind to secure a hard fought 2-2 draw with Moreland City.
Goals from A-League striker Marc Marino and Matthew Millar rescued a point for Joe Montemurro’s side, who showed great character in a resilient performance against a physical Moreland outfit.
After scoring a league high 40 goals in the National Youth League, City will look to continue their fine goalscoring form against a Brunswick side who boast the competition’s worst defensive record.
A horror start to the campaign which has seen them concede a whopping nine goals in their opening three matches, a 3-0 loss to Bendigo City has left the winless Brunswick stranded at the bottom of the NPL 1 West table.
Brunswick’s defensive frailties have been exacerbated by a lack of creativity in attack, with Ahmed Turer netting their only goal of the campaign so far in a 2-1 defeat against Moreland City.
However a crucial 2-0 victory over Dandenong City in the FFA Cup last week will provide the side with a much needed confidence booster as they look to kick start their 2015 season.
Melbourne City FC reserves are also in action against Brunswick City, with their clash taking place at 1pm before the seniors kick-off at 3pm.
PS4 NPL 1 West Round 4
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Melbourne City FC vs Brunswick City
Kick-off: Seniors 3pm, Reserves 1pm.
Venue: Dunstan Reserve – Pitch 1, Brunswick West.