Melbourne City have enjoyed a comfortable two-goal victory over Brisbane Roar during Friday’s opening Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season at AAMI Park in front of almost 10,000 fans.
Bruce Kamau gave City a strong start to the campaign scoring both the goals, coolly breaking the deadlock just before half-time, after slotting in from the edge of the penalty area and wrapping things up with a deflected effort 16 minutes from time.
It was the 22-year-olds first career brace and no doubt a relief after two earlier chances went begging. It also meant the winger has now doubled his last year’s tally for City.
The three points were a great start to the campaign for City and put a smile on the face of English manager Joyce Warren in his debut role for the club, having previously managed Manchester City reserves.
City had dominated possession throughout even though Joyce had some of the squad’s key men missing, such as Tim Cahill who is on Socceroos duty and injured Bruno Fornaroli and Fernando Brandan.
Nick Fitzgerald who joined City last season and is now a consistent starter was influential during the game and whilst unlucky to not score a goal himself, created multiple opportunities and created the all important second goal of Kamau’s.
A delighted Fitzgerald told Fox Sports after the match: “It’s a great start and a clean sheet as well which is great for the boys down back who did the job.
“And the midfield was great as well, we got wide and let Bruce [Kamau] do his thing. The team has to gel a little bit but it’s a great start.
“Happy to start with a clean sheet and our work ethic in the off-season has been top notch – and the boys are open to it [a new work ethic].”