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Maclaren brace sparks Melbourne Metropolis victory over Adelaide United
Jamie MacLaren scores his second goal for Melbourne City against Adelaide United in their Round 2 A-League clash at AAMI Park. (AAP: George Salpigtidis)
Jamie Maclaren’s scorching run of type has continued in his first A-League look of the season, with the Socceroos striker’s brace serving to Melbourne Metropolis to a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United at AAMI Park.
Recent off 4 objectives in two appearances for Australia and 6 FFA Cup objectives, Maclaren struck within the 24th and 28th minutes handy Metropolis an early ascendancy and in the end, their opening win on Sunday.
Metropolis swung 4 modifications after their 1-1 Melbourne derby draw, whereas Adelaide made 5 modifications to the beginning line-up that misplaced to Sydney FC — with either side rotating their sides forward of Wednesday’s FFA Cup last.
Metropolis drew first blood within the 24th minute when Connor Metcalfe’s blocked shot fell to Maclaren, who managed the ball together with his thigh, then toe-poked previous Paul Izzo.
Metropolis’s second got here simply 4 minutes later, when off the again of a brief nook, captain Scott Jamieson looped a ball into the mixer, with Rostyn Griffiths and Richard Windbichler going up for the header.
It fell to Maclaren, who powered it residence together with his left foot.
The Socceroos striker continued to probe, trying to find his hat-trick.
Within the 56th minute, he compelled Michael Jakobsen right into a shallow clearance and pounced, solely to steer his shot off course. Three minutes later, he fired one other straight at Izzo.
With Metropolis failing to place the sport away, Adelaide hit again within the 67th minute, courtesy of former Metropolis loanee Riley McGree.
Metropolis’s defence didn’t clear a set piece, with Michael Marrone holding up the ball and dealing it again to McGree, who powered a shot into the underside nook.
He then scuppered an opportunity to equalise within the 72nd minute. Louis D’Arrigo received the ball in defence and located Nikola Mileusnic, who dashed down the left and whipped it to the again submit, just for McGree to ship it extensive.
From there, Metropolis held on to say all three factors.