Maclaren dominates display against Sydney

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Melbourne City logged in their best win of the season, dominating a helpless Sydney Fc side at home with some critical performance from key players.

City was rewarded for their early pressure with a well-worked goal culminating in a typical Jamie Maclaren finish.

With Andrew Nabbout cutting in on the left side only to have his shot deflected into Adrian Luna’s path who’s shot was blocked into MacLaren’s path who put it in the back of the net.

With a great combination of passes, City was gifted their second goal with Luna’s simple finish. After a set of clinical passes from Florin Berenguer- Bohrer and Craig Noone, who wiped in a cross that just missed MacLaren’s head only to fall at the feet of a waiting Luna, who tapped it in.

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Sydney’s chances of a comeback were almost dashed as Maclaren put in City’s third goal. Nabbout set Maclaren up after collecting a right-hand cross in with some fancy crossovers to confuse Joey King, allowing for his low-cross to find the feet of Maclaren.

The Sky Blues were awarded a goal in the 72nd minute after a deflected Anthony Caceres cross landed in the path of sub-Milos Ninkovic. Ninkovic neatly tucked it past Thomas Glover.

Sydney gave City a late scare when Ninkovic managed to slip through City’s defence to set up fellow sub, Patrick Wood, for a light tap in.

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This performance comes as a much-needed reprieve from City’s poor form as late. A controlled performance leading to excellent play on the counter to allow wing players Noone and Nabbout to be most effective.

Sydney was handed a significant blow in the 20th minute with midfielder Luke Brattan forced off for a potential concussion in what looked like a moment of confusion on the bench with Brattan wanting to stay on but being forced off by the team doctor.

The concussion means Brattan will have to sit out for the next six days. Meaning Sydney will be without Brattan for their clash against Macarthur on the 28th.

This blow could cost Sydney their standing in the table following, a draw with Brisbane on the weekend, combined with this loss. Sydney could face more despair before they see the light again.

Melbourne City: 3 (Maclaren 8’, 53′,  Luna 28’)

Sydney FC: 2 (Ninkovic 72′, Wood 90′)

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Melbourne City: Thomas Glover, Scott Jamieson, Rostyn Griffiths, Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer-Bohrer, Craig Noone, Nathaniel Atkinson, Andrew Nabbout, Connor Metcalfe, Adrian Luna, Curtis Good, Nuno Pereira Reis (Sub 63’) ,Taras Gomulka (Sub 90), Marco Tilio (Sub 92′)

Unused subs: Naoki Tsubaki,  Stefan Colakovski, Benjamin Garuccio,  Matthew Sutton (gk)

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (gk), Andrew Wilkinson, Alexander Baumjohann, Ryan McGowan, Paulo Retre, Deyvinson Da silva, Kosta Barbarouses, Joel King, Anthony Caceres, Rhyan Grant, Luke Brattan, Calem Nieuwenhof (Sub 22’), Patrick Wood (Sub 57’), Jordan Swibel (Sub 57’), Benjamin Warland (Sub 86′)

Unused subs: Patrick Flottmann, Milos Ninkovic, Thomas Heward-Belle

Feature Image Credit: Supplied

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