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Sunday 21 September 2014

Duff suffers cup defeat on his Melbourne City debut

Published 13/08/2014 | 02:30

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Damien Duff suffered defeat on his competitive debut for Melbourne losing 3-1  to Sydney.  Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images
Damien Duff suffered defeat on his competitive debut for Melbourne losing 3-1 to Sydney. Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images

Damien Duff's competitive debut for Melbourne City culminated in defeat, with the Irishman playing 62 minutes of his new club's FFA Cup defeat to Sydney.

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Duff is settling into his new life Down Under after parting company with Fulham at the end of last season and heading to foreign pastures with a view to sampling a different lifestyle before eventually coming home.

He linked up with the newly branded Melbourne outfit - a wing of Manchester City's operation - who do not begin their first league campaign under this guise until October. This round-of-32 match in the cup competition attracted a crowd of 2,800 and the Ballyboden man was withdrawn with his team trailing by one goal.

Melbourne subsequently equalised to bring the game to extra-time, but Sydney struck twice from the spot to register a 3-1 success.

Duff did threaten to score, but is still finding his feet in new surrounds after injury.

Spanish striker David Villa will assist Duff for the first part of the Australian season. However, he is on loan from the New York City operation and will return to link up with the MLS debutants next March along with their other marquee recruit Frank Lampard.

Duff arrived in Australia at the beginning of the month and starred in his first friendly appearance against a weakened Bolton Wanderers selection.

Across the globe, it's been a good week for his former international colleague Andy O'Brien. He returned from a lengthy absence to help Vancouver Whitecaps register a 2-0 MLS success over Kansas.

O'Brien, who won 26 caps for Ireland, joined Vancouver two years ago following his release from Leeds United. The veteran had been out of action since June before his Sunday comeback.

Irish Independent

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