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Fornaroli double lifts City to first win

Melbourne City snared their first win of the season through a 3-1 defeat of Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Sunday.

A first half goal from Patrick Kisnorbo and two second-half goals from Bruno Fornaroli were enough to see off a spirited Central Coast side who found the net through Nick Fitzgerald.

It was an open game, full of action and pace as we saw the first two goals produced in the opening 15 minutes of the game.

The opening goal was struck nicely by Melbourne City, and was the result of a free kick. City midfielder Aaron Mooy delivered the ball perfectly for a header by Patrick Kisnorbo, who found the back of the net past Paul Izzo.

In retaliation, Central Coast struck within a matter of moments for their first goal of the game. A spectacular long shot from outside the box saw Fitzgerald get his name on the scoreboard, levelling the scores at 1-1.

The Melbourne-based team showed a lot of heart in their attacking game, with Stefan Zinni pulling the ball slightly to the left and marginally missing with the ball slamming into the side of the post.

While Melbourne’s attacking game was in full swing, the Mariners also had their fair share of moments in attack.

Fitzgerald tried his luck for a second goal on the stroke of half time, but aimed too high and the ball went just over the top of the crossbar.

Melbourne City coach John Van’t Schip clearly felt the need to shake things up a little and did so by bringing on livewire David Williams early on in the second half.

The City stalwart made an instant impact as he was involved in his team’s second goal of the evening.

Making a lightning quick run down the right wing, he delivered a pinpoint cross for Bruno Fornaroli who tapped the ball into an empty net, bringing the score to 2-1, and giving City the lead.

Two minutes later, though, and Central Coast were almost back on level terms with youngster Mitch Austin volleying the ball against the crossbar, with City keeper Thomas Sorensen in “no man’s land”.

With an hour on the clock, new City favourite Fornaroli thought that he had put City two goals in front.

Fellow striker Corey Gameiro had a shot parried by Sorenson but despite the Uruguayan scoring in the following play, he was deemed to be offside and the goal did not stand.

For the next ten minutes, both sides would struggle for ascendency with a tense midfield battle taking place as neither side could create a clear-cut chance.

Then, on 72 minutes, City scored a goal that paid testament to their possession in the second half.

After a series of build-up passes, Paulo Retre put the ball to Fornaroli with this back to goal, and the marksman turned to place a shot past a helpless Paul Izzo.

Despite their best efforts, Central Coast couldn’t find a way back into the match as the game ended 3-1 to the home side.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City)
2 Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast)
1 Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)

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avatarGemma is a freelance journalist, and a contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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