City annihilate Jets in second half blitz

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After a week off, Melbourne City have earned three points with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over a lacklustre, and at times, wretched Newcastle Jets outfit in front of 8,949 fans at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Tim Cahill began the City-party via a trademark header while Bruno Fornaroli concluded the night with a quick-fire brace as the duo worked in tandem to wreak havoc through the Jets defence.

The away side looked energetic early but the game’s first five minutes was essentially the end of their night’s highlight reel.

18 percent of the Jets’ goals this season have been scored through headers, the highest of any team in the competition, but it was marquee-man Tim Cahill who gave City the lead via his head.

Nicolas Colazo fed Josh Rose who crossed to Cahill and City led 1-0 after 12 minutes.

Newcastle’s greatest opportunities to equalise came in quick succession through Aleksandr Kokko and Nigel Boogaard, but sloppy first-touches proved costly for the away side as they entered half-time trailing 1-0.

The second half began with more poor defensive efforts by the Jets which allowed Colazo to threaten for City, but ‘keeper Jack Duncan made an easy save.

Nick Fitzgerald – the game changer – replaced goal scorer Cahill and made an immediate impact.

Anthony Caceres lifted a pass over a Jets defender and Fitzgerald extended City’s lead to two with a wonderful one-touch chip over Duncan’s outstretched arms.

Another City substitution, another immediate impact.

Bruce Kamau had just replaced Colazo before he used his electrifying pace to place himself in a dangerous position inside his attacking box before being brought down by Daniel Mullen.

Referee Chris Beath awarded City their 11th penalty of the 2016/17 season and Fornaroli quickly made it 3-0.

The Jets were dead and buried. And they looked it.

City toyed with a Jets defence who would have been better represented by witches’ hats as Fornaroli scored his second and extended his side’s lead to four.

In the dying stages the City captain was denied a second-half hat trick courtesy of a fantastic save by Duncan. It didn’t matter.

After three minutes of stoppage time, Beath ended an entertaining half that included three City goals as the men in light blue prevailed 4-0.

Melbourne City 4 (Cahill 12’, Fitzgerald 65’, Fornaroli 75’ 81’)
Newcastle Jets 0

Stadium: AAMI Park
Crowd: 8,949

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Ashley Beecham & Wilson Brown
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

Melbourne City SORENSEN Thomas (GK), 3. ROSE Joshua, 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 6. MALIK Osama, 8. KILKENNY Neil, 9. COLAZO Nicolas (11. KAMAU Bruce 73’), 10. CACERES Anthony, 17. CAHILL Tim (12. FITZGERALD Nick 56’), 21. TONGYIK Ruon, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno (C), 26. BRATTAN Luke (18. RETRE Paulo 87′)
Substitutes: 40. SOZER Yaren (GK), 2. MUSCAT Emmanuel, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 12. FITZGERALD Nick, 18. RETRE Paulo

Newcastle Jets 20. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 2. MULLEN Daniel, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel (C), 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin (18.LEI LEI Ma 73’), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven (8. POLJAK Mateo 85′), 7. HOOLE Andrew, 9. KOKKO Aleksandr (19. NORDSTRAND Morten 46′), 10. BROWN Wayne, 15. NABBOUT Andrew, 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 28. KOUTROUMBIS John
Substitutes: 30. CLARK Pierce (GK), 8. POLJAK Mateo, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 18. LEI LEI Ma, 19. NORDSTRAND Morten

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Adrian Johnsonhttps://thefootballsack.com.au
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