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Melbourne City triumph over lacklustre Reds

Melbourne City has opened round 5 with a much needed win against fellow strugglers Adelaide United.

A brace from Bruno Fornaroli as well as goals from Eric Paartalu and Aaron Mooy secured a 4-2 win for City at Hindmarsh Stadium. Sergio Cirio and Pablo Sanchez’s goals for Adelaide were mere consolation.

The hosts were encouraged by the return of Bruce Djite, who made his first start this season for the Reds.

Meanwhile for City, Harry Novillo and Aaron Hughes were declared fit to play, with both players starting on the bench.

Erik Paartalu opened the scoring after just six minutes, reaching Aaron Mooy’s near post delivery from the corner. The big midfielder broke from the penalty spot to beat John Hall to the ball and head the ball into the back of the net.

Mooy then scored a goal of his own in the 35th minute with a blistering strike that hit the underside of the crossbar twice before rippling the back of the net. Hall didn’t stand a chance as Mooy’s shot from the edge of the box rocketed past him, after some clever interplay with Bruno Fornaroli.

City would take that 2-0 lead to the half time break, with thoughts of last week’s second-half capitulation fresh in their minds.

Those thoughts were quickly banished, though, when Fornaroli killed the game off just before the hour mark, after twisting and turning in the box before chipping over Hall. The chance initially came from a surgical pass from Harry Novillo, his first involvement of the game and the A-League season.

Adelaide were able to claw one goal back as Mate Dugandzic laid off to Cirio who was able to curl a great shot past Sorensen and inside the post.

Any hope of a comeback was short lived, however, as Fornaroli scored his second goal of the game. Once again played through by Novillo, the Uruguayan casually dribbled around the hapless John Hall before passing the ball into the back of the net.

With five minutes remaining, Reds’ substitute Bruce Kamau was adjudged to have been illegally brought down in the box, and referee Kris Griffiths-Jones pointed to the spot after some degree of hesitation. Pablo Sanchez then stepped up to the spot to score Adelaide’s second goal of the night.

The 4-2 scoreline would remain until the final whistle, as Melbourne City joined cross-town rivals Victory on 7 points, and Adelaide remained rooted to the bottom of the A-League table.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City)
2 Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)
1 Harry Novillo (Melbourne City)

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avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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