Slick City soar past bottom placed Newcastle in style

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Melbourne City has dispatched the lowly Newcastle Jets 2-0 at AAMI Park to record their eighth win of the season.

Craig Noone got the home team off to the perfect start, nailing a goal inside the first ten minutes.

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From there, the hosts never looked back, controlling the game with their trademark high press, limiting opportunities for the Jets to score.

In the second half, Jamie Maclaren would score his 13th goal of the season, scoring a penalty.

In what has been an inconsistent past month, the win sees City hold onto second place on the ladder with a looming showdown against third-placed Perth Glory next week.

Maclaren set up the first goal of the evening, taking off on a long run down the left side before delicately feeding the ball into Noone, who unleashed a thundering strike from the edge of the box into the bottom left corner after eight minutes of play.

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City would continue to ramp up the pressure at the half unfolded, pressing up the field and creating chances. Both Maclaren and Harrison Delbridge had opportunities: Maclaren’s strike was denied by a diving Lewis Italiano, while Deblridge’s header drifted just wide.

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The Jets created their best scoring opportunity of the half in the 35th minute when Matt Millar headed a ball towards goal, only to be denied by Dean Bouzanis who knocked the ball out of play.

City would withstand a late Newcastle surge to wrap up the first half leading by one goal.

Early in the second half Florin Berenguer almost doubled the host’s lead, unloading a powerful strike on goal, only to be stopped by Italiano.

The Jets thought they had found the equaliser when Abdeil Arroyo found the back of the net in the 57th minute, however he was adjudged offside.

In the 63rd minute, VAR would intervene up the other end, overturning a non-handball call against Jets defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley to grant Maclaren a penalty, which the sharpshooter would hammer into the bottom left corner.

City would hold Newcastle in check for the remainder of the match, to pick up their first clean sheet since round ten, which also came against the Jets.

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Melbourne will be looking to string together back-to-back wins for the first time since round five next week against the in-form Glory.

Meanwhile the Jets winless streak extends to seven games, with a road game against Wellington Phoenix up next.

Melbourne City 2 Noone (8’), Maclaren (63’)

Newcastle Jets 0

AAMI Park

Referee: Kate Jacewicz

Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis, Daniel Ilievski

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Melbourne City: Dean BOUZANIS (gk), Scott JAMIESON (c), Harrison DELBRIDGE, Josh BRILLANTE, Jamie MACLAREN, Florin BERENGUER, Craig NOONE, Nathaniel ATKINSON, Lachlan WALES, Adrian LUNA, Curtis GOOD, Rostyn GRIFFITHS (Sub 64’), Markel SUSAETA (Sub 86’), Stefan COLAKOVSKI (Sub 90’)

Unused Subs: JOE GAUCI (gk), Kerrin STOKES, Yaya DUKULY, Idrus ABDULAHI

Newcastle Jets: Lewis ITALIANO (gk) Bobby BURNS, Jason HOFFMAN, Ben KANTAROVSKI, Steven UGARKOVIC, Abdiel ARROYO, Dimi PETRATOS, Nick FITZGERALD, Matt MILLAR, Lachlan JACKSON, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Angus THURGATE (Sub 64’), Kaine SHEPPARD (Sub 64’). Johnny KOUTROUMBIS (Sub 81’)

Unused Subs: Noah JAMES (gk), Pat LANGLOIS

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Michael Patane
Student at Monash University and lover of all things football covering Melbourne City in 2019/20.