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City put disappointing Jets to the sword

Melbourne City have regained 6th spot on the A-League table tonight, with a 4-0 win over cellar-dwellers Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

Goals to Kew Jaliens, Harry Novillo, David Williams and Iain Ramsay proved far too much for a poor Jets outfit, as City rebounded from a two-game losing streak.

With Taylor Regan out of the Newcastle squad, Ben Kantarovski was forced into a more defensive role alongside Daniel Mullen, with Jacob Pepper stepping into a familiar role in midfield.

With Phil Stubbins looking for the right formation following last week’s 1-0 home loss to Sydney FC, Edson Montano was replaced in the starting line-up by youngster Radovan Pavicevic, whilst Brandon Lundy retained his place on the bench.

For John van’t Schip, rotation was the order of the day, with Connor Chapman’s sending off in Wednesday’s loss to Western Sydney requiring a defensive re-shuffle.

Singaporean Safuwan Baharudin was left out of the squad after suffering a concussion, paving the way for Jack Clisby to re-claim his place in the starting XI. Josh Kennedy also returned to the fold after being rested for the mid-week game in Parramatta.

Kennedy could’ve had an early impact in this game, as City pressured the Jets across the entirety of AAMI Park. A cross into the box found an inexplicably unmarked Kennedy, but his headed effort at goal was poorly executed. In truth, with Dugandzic also open near the penalty spot, Kennedy’s decision making was just as poor.

The most dangerous City player in the first half, though, was Harry Novillo. The former Olympique Lyonnais youngster had three good chances to score in the opening stages, but all but one were fired narrowly wide of Ben Kennedy’s net. The other chance, in the 13th minute, was blazed high and wide of the bar, after Novillo was allowed to waltz into the Jets’ penalty area unchallenged.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Mar 14, 2015, 7:30 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 5,867Referee Peter Green

Melb. City

Goal18′ K.JaliensGoal47′ H.NovilloGoal63′ D.WilliamsGoal88′ I.Ramsay



City would take advantage of their dominance in the 18th minute, but through an unlikely source. Aaron Mooy whipped in a corner toward the penalty spot where, unbelievably, former Jets defender Kew Jaliens was able to slam the ball home on the half volley with no challenge or pressure from the Jets defence.

The home side continued to press the visitors for the remainder of the half, and despite some good lead-up play from the likes of Robi Koren and Aaron Mooy, the final ball was lacking and the Jets survived with no further damage on the scoreboard.

It wouldn’t take long after the break, though, for the Jets’ luck to run out.

Some diabolical defending in the 47th minute allowed Josh Kennedy to strip Daniel Mullen of the ball, and feed the ball to Koren in space at the edge of the box. The City marquee lost out to a Lee Ki-Je tackle, but that only succeeded in teeing up Novillo, who fired home at the near post past Ben Kennedy.

Newcastle’s first chance of the game fell to Enver Alivodic in the 51st minute, but his quality effort just flashed wide of the far post, out of reach of the in-form Tando Velaphi in the City goal.

That was only a brief respite for the visitors, however, as City added a third just after the hour mark. A sublime through-ball by Robi Koren found David Williams in behind Daniel Mullen and, with the simplest of chipped shots, he found the back of the net past a frustrated Ben Kennedy.

City had chances to add a fourth in the final half an hour, as the home side continued to shade the visitors. Chances to Mooy, Germano and Williams, in particular, couldn’t be converted, though.

Then, with only a few minutes left in the game, substitute Iain Ramsay eventually pocketed his side’s fourth, with Aaron Mooy breaking through midfield before laying the ball on a platter for him to shoot past Kennedy and into the far corner.

The comprehensive win sees City supplant Brisbane in 6th place on the A-League table, however the Roar have played three less games at this point in the season.

The one downside for Melbourne City occurred in the 54th minute, when a dejected-looking Josh Kennedy sat himself down on the field with what could be a hamstring injury.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Harry Novillo (Melbourne City)
2 Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)
1 Kew Jaliens (Melbourne City)
Youth Harry Novillo (Melbourne City)

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