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Mooy and Prickly Pear show grounds Jets

10,087 fans bared witness to a footballing masterclass as Melbourne City easily accounted for an out-of-sorts Newcastle Jets in a 4-0 victory on Sunday.

Surprisingly, the home side had the better of the opportunites early on, but high balls into the box to the tall Thomas Sorensen only resulted in the ball being easily turned over.

Whilst Milos Trifunovic constantly found himself at the ire of the linesman’s flag, City were finding out their only avenue of attack early on would be from the set piece.

That said, the first goal would come from a defensive lapse deep into the first half, when marquee man Aaron Mooy was allowed to waltz into the box unchecked.

Mooy would take one touch before firing the ball low past the helpless Mark Birighitti to give the visitors the lead.

However, just minutes into the second half, and the two star attractions at City kicked it into overdrive, with the first of three goals in six minutes being scored by the enigmatic Uruguayan.

After some great lead up play from Garuccio, the striker broke free before hitting a shot with the outside of his right boot under Birighitti to double the lead.

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Just minutes later and winger Ivan Franjic found himself streaking down the right wing, and put in a sharp cross hoping to find a body in red and white. Find a player he did, with Mooy undertaking a gut busting run to latch onto the ball and power it past Birighitti.

But it would be Fornaroli who showed just why he’s the competition’s leading goalscorer with a quality second goal minutes later.

The striker latched onto a delightful long through ball by Mooy, and beating two men, unleashed a powerful finish to make it four goals and nine from ten matches.

City had a late moment of calamity late on as Thomas Sorensen brought down Trifunovic, but with the referee calling play on, Leonardo skied the ball over the bar with the net at his mercy.

The win puts City in third spot ahead of neighbours Victory, and in fine form going into next weekend’s vital Melbourne derby.


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

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avatarKris is a freelance sports journalist, a two-time WA media guild award winner, and podcast host and writer for Ultimate A-League.

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