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Fornaroli drives City into first

Melbourne City have claimed top spot on the ladder after they defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-0 in an Easter Monday clash at AAMI Park.

The home side’s first goal came from Harry Novillo in the 43rd minute, while Bruno Fornaroli claimed the record for the most goals scored in a single season with two strikes in the second half.

Melbourne City made two changes to their starting side, with Connor Chapman and Anthony Caceres replacing Socceroos duo Alex Wilkinson and Aaron Mooy.

For Wellington Phoenix, Louis Fenton replaced Tom Doyle while Vince Lia was preferred to Alex Rodriguez in midfield. Fijian attacker Roy Krishna also returned to the squad after a lengthy stint on the sidelines with injury.

City dominated the game’s early stages and broke through the Wellington defence in the 11th minute after Bruno Fornaroli combined with Nick Fitzgerald to create a gap in the Phoenix defence with keeper Glen Moss saving the Uruguayan’s effort on goal.

Wellington had their first chance of the game in the 18th minute after Ben Garuccio coughed up the ball in defence allowing for Roy Krishna to snatch the ball and fire a shot on goal, but his curling effort flew wide of the target.

Melbourne City continued to dominate the first half with the likes of Nick Fitzgerald and Michael Zullo attempting shots at goal and the Phoenix defence finally gave way in the 43rd minute after a superb goal from Harry Novillo.

Novillo combined well with Fornaroli who sent a delightful chip over the Wellington defenders for Novillo to chase and slot the ball home with expert precision for his tenth goal of the season.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Mon Mar 28, 2016, 7:30 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 9,895Referee Chris Beath

Wellington

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The teams went into half-time with Melbourne City taking a deserved lead into the break while Wellington hoped to bounce back after a disappointing first period.

The second half was far more open with chances at both ends including a shot on target from Wellington’s Hamish Watson, but it was City who scored the games next goal via the penalty spot in the 66th minute.

After Albert Riera brought down Michael Zullo inside the box, Fornaroli stepped up to take the penalty and while Glen Moss did extremely well to save the penalty shot, he could do nothing to stop the follow up as City went 2-0 up.

Novillo had a free-kick in a dangerous position in the 75th minute, but the Frenchman’s dipping effort failed to hit the target.

In the 80th minute, Bruno Fornaroli broke the record for most goals scored in a single season as he grabbed City’s third goal of the night. Fitzgerald set up Fornaroli who controlled the ball on the edge of the box and curled a long-range strike into the top corner to take his season goal tally to 22.

Chris Beath called for full-time with City claiming victory with a resounding 3-0 scoreline.

Melbourne City have two challenging fixtures to wrap up their season with an away trip to Perth next week and a home game against Adelaide in the final round. Meanwhile, Wellington will conclude their disappointing campaign with two home games against Melbourne Victory and the Wanderers.

 

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