City down ‘Nix 3-1 in Novillo & Fornaroli masterclass

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Melbourne City have climbed to second on the A-League table with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park on Monday night.

Everything clicked into play for Melbourne City and it was Aaron Mooy, Harry Novillo and Bruno Fornaroli once again turning heads.

Anthony Caceres and Osama Malik made their debut as well as Michael Zullo making his long awaited return from an ACL injury.

Michael Zullo’s welcomed his return with a blistering run down the left wing, releasing a shot that forced a save from Glen Moss after only five minutes.

At the 12 minute mark Bruno Fornaroli’s class showed, skinning Manny Muscat and curling it past Moss to make it 1-0.

Minutes later Fornaroli brought out the party tricks with a rabona cross to Erik Paartalu whose shot was blocked by Moss.

Just after the half hour mark Michael Zullo staked his claim in the squad when his cross found Novillo who flicked it past the keeper to make it 2-0.

Wellington then had a few chances but could not capitalise and it wasn’t looking like it was their night.

With five minutes remaining Paartalu released an amazing lob to Fornaroli who found himself one-on-one with the keeper however it was snuffed out by Moss. At half time it was City with a two goal lead.

Four minutes into the second half saw City made it a 3-0 lead courtesy of Mooy’s tee up to Novillo who placed it perfectly into the top left corner.

Then on 56 minutes City were all over Wellington as Ivan Franjic’s ball that found Novillo hit the crossbar, a minute later Zullo’s cross in found Fornaroli whose flick forced a dive from Moss to tip it over the bar.

An against the run of play goal came ten minutes later when Rolieny Bonevacia’s shot from 30 metres out flew past Thomas Sorensen to pull it back 3-1.

The goal seemed to have stopped City’s momentum and, with little clear cut chances for both teams to follow, it ultimately finished 3-1 in Melbourne’s favor.

Melbourne City: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 3. HUGHES Aaron, 5. FRANJIC Ivan (62’ 18. RETRE Paulo), 6. PAARTALU Erik (79’ 27. FITZGERALD Nick), 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 11. ZULLO Michael, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24. KISNORBO Patrick, 25. MELLING Jacob, 29. CACERES Anthony (69’ 33. MALIK Osama)

Wellington Phoenix: 1. MOSS Glen, 2. MUSCAT Emmanuel, 4. BONEVACIA Rolieny, 8. RODRIGUEZ Alex (71’ 11. APPIAH-KUBI Kwabena), 10. MCGLINCHEY Michael, 12. POWELL Blake, 13. RIERA Albert, 17. LIA Vince (53’ 16. FENTON Louis), 19. DOYLE Thomas, 22. DURANTE Andrew, 23. RIDENTON Matthew (59’ 28. STEVENS Joel)

Referee: Peter Green

 

 

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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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