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Mooy drives City to comprehensive win

Aaron Mooy put on a masterclass as Melbourne City cruised past Perth Glory with a comprehensive 5-1 victory.

It was an entertaining first half with goals coming from Erik Paartalu, Connor Chapman and Bruno Fornaroli, whilst Sidnei Sciola scored Perth’s only goal of the game. In the second period, Harry Novillo found the back of the net, with Aaron Mooy scoring City’s fifth from the penalty spot.

The home side made one change to their starting eleven with former-Brisbane fullback Ivan Franjic making his starting debut for City in place of Matt Miller.

Meanwhile, further injury woes for Perth Glory forced Kenny Lowe to make two alterations to the side that drew with Sydney FC last week. Antony Golec and Chris Harold rejoined the squad with Alex Grant and Josh Risdon ruled out with injury.

Melbourne City opened the scoring in the 6th minute after Ivan Franjic won a free-kick in a wide position. The resulting set-piece was whipped into the box by Aaron Mooy, picking out Erik Paartalu who towered over Richard Garcia to head the ball past Ante Covic in goal.

Perth, who haven’t scored since Round 3, almost hit back two minutes later after Nebojsa Marinkovic curled in a cross for Sidnei, but the Brazilian’s header was well saved by Thomas Sorensen.

City doubled their lead in the 19th minute after Mooy made a superb dribble down the right wing, skipping past a number of defenders to deliver a cross into a packed goal area. Defender Connor Chapman rose highest to meet the cross and head home his first ever A-League goal.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Fri Nov 27, 2015, 7:40 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 5,953Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones

Melb. City

Goal6′ E.PaartaluGoal19′ C.ChapmanYellow Card29′ P.RetreGoal35′ B.FornaroliGoal53′ H.NovilloPenalty82′ A.Mooy (Pen)Yellow Card84′ M.MillarYellow Card87′ H.Novillo

Perth

Yellow Card31′ M.ThwaiteGoal45′ S.SciolaYellow Card66′ M.WarrenYellow Card75′ A.WilliamsSecond Yellow Card82′ A.Williams

Despite losing 2-0, Glory continued to find space in the final third and created a decent goal-scoring opportunity in the 22nd minute as Chris Harold set up Richard Garcia who fired a curling shot towards goal, forcing a superb save out of Sorensen.

Melbourne City found a third goal in the 35th minute, with Aaron Mooy once again the instigator, deploying a perfectly weighted lob for Corey Gameiro who cut the ball back for Bruno Fornaroli to dispatch his sixth goal of the season.

As City began to take control of the game, Fornaroli and Novillo continued to create chances in front of goal with Glory’s defence struggling to contain the flair in City’s attack.

Novillo almost found a fourth goal for the home side after expertly cutting inside onto his favoured right foot and releasing a long range effort at goal, but the Frenchman’s shot glided past the face of goal.

Perth managed to snatch a goal back late in the first-half with Sidnei firing a header into the back of the net from a well-delivered Marinkovic corner, creating a platform for a possible comeback in the second half.

However, Perth’s hopes of a comeback were quickly suppressed early in the second half as Melbourne City scored their fourth goal of the game. A corner for City was cleared only as a far as Harry Novillo who struck the ball first time, sending a thunderous strike past Ante Covic and into the back of the net.

Aaron Mooy almost joined score sheet moments later as he found a himself with acres of space in the opposition half and released a powerful strike 25 metres out from goal, but the shot flew wide of the target.

Perth Glory strived forward in search of a second goal, but City’s defence were far more disciplined in the second half. Connor Chapman and Jacob Melling maintained a solid partnership the centre defence, cancelling out Glory’s attack, with Ivan Franjic also contributing from right-back.

In the 82nd minute, Melbourne City won a penalty after substitute Stefan Mauk was brought down inside the box by Aryn Williams who subsequently received his second yellow card in the game, leaving Glory with ten men for the remainder of the game.

Aaron Mooy stepped up to the spot to slot home City’s fifth goal of the game, capping off an exceptional performance from the Socceroo midfielder.

The game concluded with Melbourne City reigning victorious with a 5-1 scoreline as Perth’s winless run extends to five games.

City now travel to Gosford to face the Central Coast Mariners next Thursday night, whilst Perth Glory face up against Adelaide United in a bottom of the table clash.

 

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

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