Harry and Orlando put Heart in the headlines

Written by Hayden - The Big Heart

Topics: Match Preview

Melbourne Heart has been in the headlines and highlights this week thanks to Harry Kewell and Orlando Engelaar, despite the club’s finals chances all but ending last weekend. We look at what went wrong against Central Coast and the team’s chances against the Premiers tonight.

STOP THE PRESS – Kewell retires! Except for the day of the announcement that the Manchester City consortium had purchased our club, rarely has Melbourne Heart been the centre of so much media coverage. The spotlight was actually on club captain Harry Kewell on Wednesday, who announced his retirement from football to the nation. The whole team was there to mark the moment and show respect for arguably Australia’s greatest footballer who will end his amazing career at Melbourne Heart.

Melbourne Heart vs Central Coast Mariners

Oh the highs and lows of following the Heart this season…the Orlando Engelaar long range wonder-goal was thrilling to witness and watch on replay again and again. It deservedly featured in A-league highlights packages and showed just what our marquee player is capable of, he is truly an excitement machine who we hope stays on for another season.

Unfortunately the team then allowed the Mariners to walk away with 3 points, as they’ve done many times before. To give the Mariners their credit, they have a very good squad and players who only need a chance or two in the game to get results. They snuck a goal just before half-time after our defence had done well to contain a subdued Mariners first half line up, then Ibini struck a well taken winner from a sudden counter attack.

Once again it was a story of Heart creating numerous chances but lacking conviction up front to score. Mauk amongst others were gifted a number of chances in the second half which really should have resulted in an equaliser, if not two more. The apparent lack of urgency from the team to score was disappointing. I couldn’t help but feel that the team hadn’t got over the disappointment of the recent loss and home draw which undermined our run for the finals, leaving this game too big a mountain to climb.

Brisbane Roar VS Melbourne Heart

Brisbane Roar might be thinking it’s deja vu playing another Melbourne team at Suncorp Stadium, after they became Premiers by beating Victory last week.

We cannot expect that they will now just put the brakes on against Heart. Heart also having nothing to lose, even winning the remaining 3 rounds will mean missing the finals by just a few points. There are still players who need to show the Manchester City group that they are worth keeping, so we can only expect that they will still be playing hard and for the win to prove that they should be in the team once this season is over.

Roar will be very hard to beat at their home stadium, they will also be preparing themselves for final football and wouldn’t want to be beaten by a team sitting in 9th spot. We can only hope for a great entertaining match with both teams playing for a win.

Who will be in the starting line up?

1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 3.Robbie WIELAERT (C), 4.Orlando ENGELAAR, 6.Patrick GERHARDT, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 13.Jonatan GERMANO, 15.David WILLIAMS, 17.Jason HOFFMAN, 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO, 23.Mate DUGANDZIC, 24.Patrick KISNORBO

  • Unfortunately Harry Kewell has abdonimal strain which puts him out for the next 2 weeks. Let’s hope that he can recover to have his last match against Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park. Maybe Gerhardt to replace Kewell.
  • Aziz Behich hasn’t been in the starting 11 for the last few rounds, we could see Garuccio in the left back again. We also have to remember that Behich will be going back to his club in Europe after this season, so giving the young Garuccio experience for the remaining rounds can only benefit our team for next season.

Go Heart!

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