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Second-half treble pushes City into first

Melbourne City has jumped from fourth to first on the ladder after defeating Brisbane Roar 3-1 at AAMI Park. Brisbane had taken the lead in the first half but three goals in the second half, including two in the last ten minutes, saw City take the three points.

Brisbane played the majority of the second half with ten men after Jack Hingert was sent off after bringing down Bruno Fornaroli in the box before the first goal was scored from the spot. Two former Mariners in Anthony Caceres and Nick Fitzgerald then sealed the result late for City.

Unsurprisingly City coach John van’t Schip opted for an unchanged line-up to the side that stopped Adelaide United’s 14 game unbeaten streak last week.

John Aloisi also named an unchanged starting eleven after his side jumped to the top of the table with a 5-0 win over Melbourne Victory last week. Tommy Oar started on the bench and replaced Corona with five minutes remaining as he made his first appearance for Brisbane in over six years.

Despite the hosts creating the bulk of chances in the first half, Roar went ahead after 22 minutes as Dimitri Petratos hit a cracking volley from outside the box. The ball came to the winger after being partially cleared from the corner but Petratos returned the ball with superb technique to ripple the back of Thomas Sorensen’s net.

The home fans had appeals for a penalty not long after, as Harry Novillo worked his way into the box before going down. Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones gave the Frenchman a yellow card for simulation despite Thomas Broich making contact in the penalty area.

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Date/Time Fri Mar 18, 2016, 7:40 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 7,658Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones

Melb. City

Yellow Card26′ H.NovilloYellow Card33′ I.FranjicPenalty54′ A.Mooy (Pen)Goal81′ A.CaceresGoal84′ N.Fitzgerald

Brisbane

Goal22′ D.PetratosYellow Card27′ J.NorthYellow Card45′ J.HingertSecond Yellow Card54′ J.HingertYellow Card58′ D.Bowles

City were awarded a penalty in the second half however, as Bruno Fornaroli squirmed and turned past Jack Hingert who dragged the Uruguayan down as he passed him in the box. Adding insult to injury, Hingert was shown a yellow card, his second of the game, and was consequently sent off.

Aaron Mooy converted the spot-kick to equalise for Melbourne City.

City looked to make the most of its numerical advantage on the park as they pressed for a winner in the second half and it came with ten minutes remaining as Anthony Caceres met Ivan Franjic’s cross to score his first goal for his new club. The cross from the right side reached the back post and the former Mariner powered a header past Jamie Young.

It was another former Mariner who sealed the win minutes later, as Nick Fitzgerald scored his second goal in as many weeks, nodding in the rebound from Fornaroli’s free-kick. The striker smacked the underside of the crossbar from just outside the box and Fitzgerald was alive to the opportunity and made no mistake.

The win means City are well in the hunt for the premiership race as they are one of the top three teams sitting on 41 points. City currently sit on top of the table due to superior goal difference.

 

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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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