Classic Clashes: Wanderers v City


There has always been plenty of action and goals when the Wanderers play Melbourne City.

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We’ve listed the top five Wanderers moments against Melbourne City.

Round 5, 2 November 2012
Wanderers 2 (28′ Mark Bridge, 52′ Patrick Gerhardt OG ) v Melbourne Heart 1 (57′ Tadic).
Pirtek Stadium
Line-up: Ante Covic, Adam D’Apuzzo, Michael Beauchamp, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Mateo Poljak, Youssouf Hersi, Aaron Mooy, Shinji Ono, Joey Gibbs, Mark Bridge, Jerome Polenz.

The Wanderers went into this game having come off their history-making first win as a club in the Hyundai A-League. More history followed when they made it two in a row with Bridge scoring on 28 minutes and an own goal handing the Red & Black a 2-0 lead.

2 November 2012

Round 18, 26 January 2013
Wanderers 1 (73′ Shinji Ono) v Melbourne Heart 0
Pirtek Stadium
Line-up: Ante Covic, Adam D’Apuzzo, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Michael Beauchamp, Mateo Poljak, Shinji Ono, Aaron Mooy, Youssouf Hersi, Jerome Polenz, Dino Kressinger, Mark Bridge.

After Jerome Polenz was red-carded in just the 13th minute, the Wanderers produced a super effort to record an important win through a Shinji Ono penalty. The result made it seven wins in their last nine games as the Red & Black continued to make their famous charge for the Premier’s Plate.


Round 10, 11 March 2015
Wanderers 3 (37′ Mateo Poljak, 79′ Tomi Juric, 90′ Nikita Rukavytsya) Melbourne City 2 (27′ Baharudin, 71′ Mooy)
Pirtek Stadium
Line-up: Dean Bouzanis, Antony Golec, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Yusuke Tanaka, Mateo Poljak, Yojiro Takahaki, Nick Kalmar, Labinot Haliti, Tomi Juric, Nikita Rukavytsya.

The Wanderers, bottom of the table at the time following a tough playing schedule of ACL and Club World Cup games, came off a three-match losing streak to win a tight match. Twice they came from a goal down to record an impressive win with Rukavytsya grabbing the winning goal in injury time. 


Round 17, 29 January 2016
Wanderers 4 (32′ Mitch Nichols, 60′ 66′ Mark Bridge, 89′ Brendon Santalab) v Melbourne City 3 (76′ Novillo, 78′ Fornaroli, 90′ Paartalu)
Pirtek Stadium
Line-up: Andrew Redmayne, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Scott Neville, Dimas Delgado, Andreu Guerao, Mitch Nichols, Jaushua Sotirio, Mark Bridge, Alberto Aguilar.

This was a top of the table clash. The win helped the Red & Black skip five points clear of second-placed City. The Wanderers were traveling easily leading 3-0 before City hit back with two goals in two minutes. But Santalab made sure of the three points with a goal in the 90th minute.


Round 23, 30 March 2019
Wanderers 3 (35′ 84′ Oriol Riera, 53′ Mitchell Duke ) v Melbourne City 0
ANZ Stadium
Line-up: Vedran Janjetovic, Raul Llorente, Giancarlo Gallifuocco, Brendan Hamill, Tarek Elrich, Rashid Mahazi, Roly Bonevacia, Bruce Kamau, Oriol Riera, Mitchell Duke, Kwame Yeboah.

The Wanderers were out of race for the finals against the fifth-placed City, but produced one of their best performances of the season as a brace from Riera and a Duke goal earned three points for the Red & Black.