Dream start for Cahill as City claim Melbourne Derby

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Melbourne City have dismantled Melbourne Victory in front of 43,188 people at Etihad Stadium.

Tim Cahill’s super volley from almost 40 yards kick-started the City machine into gear and they never looked like stopping, running out 4-1 victors in the first Melbourne Derby for the season.

Melbourne City dominated proceedings in the first 45 having up to 66% of possession.

Victory were unable to combat the slick passion combinations in the heart of midfield with Luke Brattan dictating the pace of the game for City.

City pressed from the start and were rewarded in the 27th minute after Cahill’s volley soared into the top corner of goal, leaving Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas grasping at thin air.

The goal was the start of an irresistible 15 minute patch of football from City and were soon rewarded five minutes later with a terrific move down the left hand side.

Josh Rose whipped in an inch perfect ball to the back post where Fornaroli was on hand to nod it past Thomas despite getting hands to it, giving City at 2-0 lead after 31 minutes.

Victory had no answer to the City onslaught and were begging for referee Chris Beath to end the first period.

Whatever Kevin Muscat said at the break had little effect as seven minutes into the second period City cut Victory open for a third time.

Fornaroli disposed Geria on the wing then played in Kamau who clinically cut the ball back to Brattan who made no mistake from 12 yards out.

Victory looked out on their feet.

Despite the complete lack of intensity Maro Rojas handed Victory a lifeline, weaving his way through the City defence and sliding the pall past the oncoming Bouzanis to make it 3-1.

But just as quickly as the Victory revival started, City finished it, Fernando Brandan placing the ball past Thomas to end and any hope of a Victory revival.

Cahill made way in the 66th minute and his replacement Anthony Caceres made an instant impact playing an inch perfect ball into Kamau’s direction.

Thomas came rushing out and stopped a near certain goal, whilst taking out Kamau.

Victory didn’t give up, with Geria trying to atone for his previous mistakes with runs down the right.

A shining light on a dark day for Victory was 16 year old Sebastian Pasquali making his A-League debut, becoming the youngest Victory player to ever do so.

City then brought on Malik and Fitzgerald for Kamau and Brandon to help close out the win.

This gave Victory a bit more space to launch attacks, none of which bore any fruit.

Fornaroli cheekily saw Thomas off his line in the 90th minute and audaciously tried to catch him out with a long bomb but the Victory keeper scampered back in time to save his blushes.

Melbourne City remain undefeated so far this campaign and claim bragging rights in the first derby for the season, and the first featuring the league’s marquee man, Tim Cahill. Victory will be upset to lose by such a margin and will come out firing next week with a trip to Adelaide.

 

Melbourne Victory: 1 (Rojas 62′)
Melbourne City: 4 (Cahill 27′, Fornaroli 31′, Brattan 52′, Brandan 63′)

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Anton Schetinin, Luke Brennan
Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

Melbourne Victory: 20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 2. GERIA Jason, 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 7. ROJAS Marco, 17. DONACHIE James, 21 VALERI Carl (C), 13 BOZANIC Oliver (56’), 11. AUSTIN Mitchell, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid (75’), 8. BERISHA Besart, 15 BARO Alan
Substitutes: 23. INGHAM Jai, 6. BROXHAM Leigh (56’), 25. PASQUALI Sebastian (75’) , 4. ANSELL Nicholas, 27. BRAY Alastair (GK)

Melbourne City: 20. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 3. ROSE Joshua, 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 2. MUSCAT Emmanuel, 27. BRANDAN Fernando (77’), 8. KILKENNY Neil, 26 BRATTAN Luke, 17 CAHILL Timothy (66’), 9. COLAZO Nicolas, 11. KAMAU Bruce (76’), 23. FORNAROLI Bruno (C)
Substitutes: 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 6. MALIK Osama (77’), 12. FITZGERALD Nick (76’), 10. CACERES Anthony (66’), 40. SOZER Yaren (GK)

Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 43,188

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