A goal by Connor Metcalfe in 53. Minute proved the difference ball home past Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young.
City had to work hard for her win in hot conditions, especially after the sacking of their Uruguayan midfielder in the 69th division. minute.
After being booked 17 minutes earlier, Luna was unlucky that referee Adam Kersey showed a second yellow card for a foul on Brisbane midfielder Rahmat Akbari.
Despite being a man for more than 20 minutes, City defended heavily to give coach Patrick Kisnorbo a win in his first game as head coach of the A-League.
The Roar had a late chance to level with a shot from substitute Scott McDonald, but flew past the post.
The Roar’s attack lacked box strength for much of the competition, and it wasn’t surprising considering they played more than half of the game without former Socceroos forward Scott McDonald.
The ex-Celtic shooter, who excelled for the Roar in the latter stages of last season, started the match on the bench and apparently had a slight quad load.
And how the Roar could have used him in the first half when they were clearly the better team.
The Roar checked again and again in the first 45 minutes, but the necessary knockout punch was missing when City was not at his best.
How they could have used McDonald if their dominance more than deserved a halftime lead.
Despite his team’s victory, Andrew Nabbout will not remember his first appearance in the A-League in a city jersey.
In the 60. In the 18th minute, Socceroos attacker Nabbout followed Roar’s Japanese midfielder Riku Danzaki and held up his left Achilles tendon sharply.
Much is expected of the Nabbout attack combo with Socceroo colleague Jamie Maclaren this season, so City fans will be confident that their new recruit won’t be on a long break.
After loving the cooler conditions in August until last season, Melbourne City struggled with a hot and sticky night in Queensland – especially the first half.
« Without making too many excuses, we only played three games last season so it’s always difficult, » said Maclaren.
To their credit, City dug deep in the second half to master the difficult conditions and score three valuable points.
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