Melbourne City dispose of outnumbered Roar

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Melbourne City momentarily claimed top spot after defeating a 10-man Brisbane Roar 3-1 at AAMI Park on Friday night.

It was a mouthwatering spectacle with first versing fourth to start Round 24.

The game started off fairly even, Aaron Mooy squandering a chance in the first 10 minutes with his shot going over the bar.

After 20 minutes Corona’s lob into the box was spilled by Thomas Sorensen and the error proved costly. The corner was cleared only to land to Dimi Petratos who’s sizzling volley outside the box opened the scoring.

Eight minutes into half time Jack Hingert brought Bruno Fornaroli down in the box to receive his second yellow card and be sent off. Subsequently Mooy had no trouble equalising from the spot.

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After the red card Brisbane were withstanding pressure and at 70 minutes Mooy’s blasting shot was dramatically punched away by Young.

Brisbane did well to contain Melbourne City but they couldn’t keep it up and in the final ten minutes Ivan Franjic’s ball in found Anthony Caceres’ head who put them up 2-1 to claim his first goal of the season.

Two minutes later Fornaroli’s free kick cannoned off the crossbar and it fell fortuitously to Nick Fitzgerald who headed into the net to make it 3-1.

Tommy Oar made his long awaited comeback to the A-League just after the third goal but in a one-sided second half, City prevailed to claim first position temporarily. They now sit second, only one point behind Western Sydney Wanderers in a tussle for the Premiership.

Melbourne City: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 2. WILKINSON Alex, 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 11. ZULLO Michael (29. CACERES Anthony), 19. GARUCCIO Ben, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24. KISNORBO Patrick, 27. FITZGERALD Nick, 33. MALIK Osama

Brisbane Roar: 21. YOUNG Jamie, 5. BROWN Corey, 7. CORONA (85’ 24. OAR Tommy), 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas (57’ 3. STEFANUTTO Shane, 23. PETRATOS Dimi, 28. BORRELLO Brandon (69’ 10. HENRIQUE)

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Attendance: 7658

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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.