Melbourne City smash Glory out of the park 5-1

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Melbourne City climbed to fifth on the table after a comprehensive 5-1 win over Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Friday night.

And it was Aaron Mooy once again who was the pinnacle of City’s dominance.

The cool change did not do the Glory any favours and they were caught on the back foot from the outset.

Erik Paartalu added to his tally of headed goals in the sixth minute, opening the scoring from an Aaron Mooy corner after Antony Golec made a flimsy attempt to bring it to a halt.

Mooy would claim his second assist of the game with a beautiful delivery and a collector’s item goal for Connor Chapman at the 20th minute to double the lead.

Four minutes later Richard Garcia tested Thomas Sorensens abilities with a curling shot but was saved by the Dane.

Perth would rue capitalising on their chances as Mooy’s sensational long ball to Corey Gameiro, his cut back found Bruno Fornaroli and took the opportunity to make it 3-0.

There could have and should have been a further two goals.

An interval of City dominance saw Harry Novillo putting the ball just wide at the 40th minute followed on by a Gameiro give and go to Fornaroli who was clean through but was saved by Ante Covic.

On the brink of halftime a Garcia headed goal was disallowed for offside but the goals wouldn’t end there. Glory’s Sidnei Sciola pulled it back to 3-1 following a Nebojsa Marinkovic corner.

City fans found their voice in the second half and despite a documented history of giving goals away they began the second half with a bang.

Mooy received a standing ovation before taking a corner and a bad first touch from Gameiro had it cleared momentarily before landing in Novillo’s path who scored an absolute scorcher to make it 4-1 at the 53rd minute.

The game was put beyond all doubt with eight minutes to go as Stefan Mauk was dragged down in the box by Aryn Williams who was subsequently shown a second yellow.

Mooy made no mistake, sending Covic the wrong way and tucking it into the bottom right of the goal to make it 5-1.

An unforgettable night for the Glory sets up a bottom of the table clash against Adelaide United next week. It was a well needed victory for under pressure Melbourne City manager John van’t Schip.

Melbourne City: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 5. FRANJIC Ivan (36. MILLAR Matthew), 6. PAARTALU Erik, 7. GAMEIRO Corey (15. WILLIAMS David 64’), 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 18. RETRE Paulo (21. MAUK Stefan 80’), 22. CLISBY Jack, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 25. MELLING Jacob

Perth Glory: 1. COVIC Ante, 3. WARREN Marc, 5. GOLEC Antony, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa, 11. GARCIA Richard, 13. FERREIRA Diogo, 14. HAROLD Chris (28. KNOWLES Jamal), 16. SCIOLA Sidnei (18. OXBORROW Mitchell 88’), 17. CASTRO Diego (24. REINERS Jamal 72’), 23. THWAITE Michael, 29. WILLIAMS Aryn

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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