Sports - Football - Pre-Season Friendly - 1st Half Notes:
MVFC kick off the game at the MCG.
20th minute: 1st chance on target falls to MVFC, Enrique's mistake, gives ball away to Nabbout who pulls a fine save out of Jones.
21st: Gerrard shot deflected & saved by Coe.
The tempo has certainly gone up after a slow, comfortable start.
31:01min and the star skipper gets the breakthrough in the centre of the box, nice run, nice placement, comfy finish off Borini, 0-1.
Ibe & Sterling are producing a fine display, creating some good buildups, unpredictable for the young MVFC side. LFC seem to have more control now, approaching half time.
LFC finish the half on top, enjoying more chances & a one-goal lead thanks to skipper Steven Gerrard. The young Melbourne side are holding on & making a fine match of it though. More to come of the second half, I'm sure.
MVFC: 1 Coe; 4 Ansell, 23 Leijer (c), 24 Galloway, 30 Geria; 6 Broxham, 14 Celeski, 17 Jeggo; 13 Nabbout, 19 Pain, 22 Makarounas.
Coaches: Ange Postecoglou & Kevin Muscat
LFC Team: 1 Jones; 2 Johnson, 37 Skrtel, 47 Wisdom, 3 Enrique; 8 Gerrard (c), 24 Allen, 14 Henderson, 44 Ibe, 31 Sterling; 29 Borini.
Subs: 22 Mignolet, 34 Kelly, 16 Coates, 5 Agger, 38 Flanagan, - Spearing, 21 Lucas, 19 Downing, 6 Alberto, 9 Aspas, 7 Suarez, 49 Robinson, 11 Assaidi.
Kolo Toure is out with tight calf & Philippe Coutinho with a training ground knock, neither are thought to be serious.
1st half stats:
MVFC v LFC:
On target: 1-5
Free kicks: 0-0
Referee: Jumpi Iida
At the MCG