Hyundai A-League friendly wrap


Another goal for Bruno Fornaroli in Melbourne City’s win, silverware for Perth Glory and the Wanderers rack up the goals. Here’s your mid-week Hyundai A-League friendly update.

City took on champions Adelaide United behind closed doors in Melbourne and emerged 1-0 winners thanks to Fornaroli’s first-half penalty.

Former Red Bruce Kamau was quickest to a loose ball in the box, nipping in front of Eugene Galekovic who took the winger down.

Fornaroli made no mistake from the spot, with City holding on against an improved Adelaide after the break to register the win.

New signings Neil Kilkenny and Luke Brattan were impressive in midfield for City, which augurs well for their Westfield FFA Cup clash with Brisbane Strikers next week.

In Perth, Glory took on a WA State Team in the inaugural Heritage Cup.

And Glory took the honours 1-0 thanks to a goal in first-half stoppage time from Chris Harold.

The attacker latched onto a cross into the box, controlling superbly with his first touch before stabbing home at the far post.

Coach Kenny Lowe gave a host of his squad some game time as they prepare to take on Sydney FC in the Westfield FFA Cup on August 30.

Western Sydney Wanderers survived a scare in the nation’s capital, eventually running out 4-1 winners over Canberra FC at Deakin Reserve.

The hosts actually led 1-0 in the second half, with a 67-minute penalty converted by Shannon Cole drawing the Wanderers level.

The Hyundai A-League club then finished all over FC, with Lachlan Scott, Mitch Nichols and new boy Jacob Melling all finding the net for Tony Popovic’s side.

Finally, Central Coast Mariners cruised to a big win in their clash with Rydalmere FC at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence on Wednesday afternoon.

Trent Buhagiar and Matt Fletcher both grabbed doubles in the 5-0 triumph.

Youngster Jake McGing grabbed the other goal, with all five strikes coming in the second half.