Macarthur’s defence goes missing as City romp in win

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Melbourne City put on a dominant performance to beat Macarthur 3-0 on Friday night as the atmosphere returned to AAMI stadium.

The majority of the first half defined the game, as City were able to gain exorbitant space inside their final third.

They could not have picked a better night to put on one of their best performances for the season, as the City ‘active supporters’ were allowed to bust out all the bells and whistles for the first time this season.

There was not too much happening on-field for the first 15 minutes of the match, but off-field was another story as drums, flags and chants were allowed back inside AAMI stadium.

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City controlled the first 15 minutes with a few promising attacks, sending their cheer squad into raptors up on City terrace.

But the action came back on field in the 23rd minute, and did not leave for the rest of the first half as City slammed in three goals in 12 minutes.

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Jamie Maclaren slotted the first two in for the hosts, but those goals belonged to Andrew Nabbout as his creativity was essential in both.

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A big run from Craig Noone ensured City had their third well before half time, and the A-League was put on notice by how effortlessly City were tearing apart the defence of the team occupying second on the ladder. However, some of the space afforded to City’s stars in their final third was subpar, and for the majority of the first half Macarthur’s defence was not switched on.

The second half saw the teams switch roles, as Macarthur were the ones with the energy and surging attacks, while City perhaps looked like they had checked out.

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Macarthur’s half-time sub Lachlan Rose was a big part of Macarthur’s newfound energy, with the youngster finding as much of the ball as anyone in the second half.

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The best chance of the half occurred when Stefan Colakovski was on the end of a through ball, however the pass was miss hit and Macarthur sent it for a corner.

While the second half fizzled in terms of goals, the atmosphere went up a notch inside AAMI as the cheer squad refused to give peace to the Macarthur players for the final 45 minutes.

The win for City moves them into outright second on the ladder, meaning Macarthur drop down into third.

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Melbourne City: 3 (Maclaren 23′ 25′, Noone 35′)

Macarthur: 0

AAMI stadium 

Referee: Alex King

Assistant referees: David Walsh, Andrew Meimarakis

Fourth official: Jonathon Barreiro

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (gk), Scott JAMEISON (c), Nuno PEREIRA REIS, Rostyn GRIFFTHS, Jamie MACLAREN (Naoki TSUBAKI 89′), Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, Craig NOONE (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 85′), Nathaniel ATKINSON, Andrew NABBOUT (Benjamin GARRUCIO 79′), Connor METCALFE, Curtis GOOD

Unused subs: Scott GALLOWAY, Marco TILIO, Alec MILLS, Matthew SUTTON (gk)

Macarthur: Adam FEDERICI (gk), Antony GOLEC, Benat ETXEBARRIA URKIAGA, Mark Milligan (c), Ivan FRANJIC, Denis GENREAU (Antonis MARTIS 82′), Thomas OAR (Jake HOLLMAN 66′), Aleksander SUSNJAR, Michael RUHS (Lachlan ROSE 46′), Matthew DERBYSHIRE, Markel SUSAETA LASCURAIN (Loik PUYO 65′)

Unused subs: Aleksander JOVANOVIC, Walter SCOTT, Ryan WOOD (gk)

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