The floodgates opened at CB Smith reserve as Melbourne City’s season-long frustration in the attacking third was put to rest as they put four past a helpless Newcastle Jets.

After potentially seeing their season end last week in their loss to the Brisbane Roar, City needed a response and the champions delivered in the best possible way.

For the first time this season Melbourne City were ruthless, they dictated the play and looked dangerous right until the final whistle.

The home side were anxious to get going and even more so to open the scoring, playing as though the match was to be decided on golden goal and were eventually rewarded for their persistence with the opening goal.

Rado Vidosic believes the tension eased once his side opened the scoring after failing to score last week.

“After the first goal the pressure was off and there was no rush to score,”  Vidosic said.

“We needed to score first in our previous two games and in the end is what let us down.

“We were lucky to get the penalty and score.

“The team had been playing very similar in the last few weeks but were unable to score.

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“Maybe tonight because we had less pressure, we scored a few more goals.

“But our ability to move the ball worked really well.” Vidosic said.

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City opened the scoring in the 31st minute through a Yukari Kinga penalty after Rhali Dobson had been brought down in the box.

The home side then doubled their lead six minutes later as an unmarked Stephanie Catley headed home City’s second from a corner to give her side a comfortable lead heading into the break.

Newcastle failed to test City’s defence and were punished for their lack of conviction as Kinga completed her brace and debutante Hailie Mace scored her first goal for her new club.

Mace was cleared to play on Friday and made an immediate impact, replacing the injured Jodie Taylor who returned to the US earlier in the season.

“It was very hard with Jodie Taylor leaving us just recently which meant we had to quickly organise Hailie’s documentation,” Vidosic said.

“Her visa was organised on Friday.

“It was hard to get it done earlier but it is good that we get her for the last two games.”

City sit outside the top four on goal difference but have played one more match than the teams around them, requiring a number of results to go their way if they are to make finals to defend their championship.

But while there is the possibility the side will miss out, Catley says the team is not stressed and will only focus on what they can control.

“We’re going to continue to do everything we can and hope everything falls into place,” Catley said.

“We knew we needed to win last week and we’re not looking to excuse our season as being unlucky.

“We’ve had lots of opportunities this year but haven’t capitalised.

“We knew it was so close, it was literally as simple as putting the ball in the back of the net.

“It was a good performance tonight, we played good football and everything came together.”

Melbourne City have a bye next week before taking on Sydney FC in the final round of the W-League season.

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