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Melbourne City hits Shepparton for double-header

By Alex Mitchell

Footballing cream was on show at McEwen Reserve on Saturday, as the Sky Blue freight train that is Melbourne City rolled through town.

Playing a National Youth League and a W-League fixture, the Citizens produced an undefeated day and did not concede a goal in the process, beating Adelaide United 1-0 in the women's match and taking a 0-0 draw from the youth contest against the Brisbane Roar.

But football - particularly in the region - was the real winner as plenty of fans got to see a City starting 11 featuring 10 international representatives show some serious class, while the club's academy side is loaded with promising talents.

One of those internationals - 87-time Matilda Kyah Simon - would score the fixture's only goal, sliding home to finish a beautiful pass from Ellie Carpenter in the eighth minute, a move that summed up the fluid football the Citizens are capable of.

City locked down defensively, but could not find an avenue to a second goal, and while it would have been satisfied with the three points, it remained looking like the talent-stacked side would still need time to jell.

Coach Rado Vidosic told The Age he was pleased his side had continued to keep ticking along.

“Keeping in mind that we have got a lot of Matildas in the squad who are tired, I am pleased to get the result,” Vidosic said.

“We are putting in not-so good performances, but we are getting the results. We have three games against Sydney, Melbourne Victory and Perth leading up to Christmas, and we hope after that everyone will be sharper and understand our way of playing as they learn more about each other.”

City is still undefeated for the season, with two wins and a draw from its first three games.

Meanwhile, the Youth League clash brought a return to McEwen Reserve for former Goulburn Valley Suns player Alec Mills as Brisbane kept his City side at bay.

The City side featured a string of blue chip youth prospects - Ramy Najjarine, Nathaniel Atkinson, Idrus Adulahi and Moudi Najjar among them - but it could not break down a stubborn Roar backline.

City senior players Florin Berenguer and Tom Glover also took to the field as overage players.