Job done for City to remain top of the table

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The Newcastle Jets have not won at AAMI Stadium since 2015 and Melbourne City made sure the side’s back run continued by taking a 3-1 win.

There was some deja vu for Newcastle who remain winless in their last 11 games this season, while the win made sure City went further ahead on the A-League ladder.

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However, City coach Patrick Kisnorbo would be disappointed with a late goal against his team to scratch the clean sheet.

Despite being a Thursday night and therefore a smaller number in the ‘City terrace,’ those few made sure to have their voices heard with thundering roars and exploding passion all game long.

While City dominated the opening 30 minutes, the trademark polish was missing from a team that has commanded the final third this year.

Great chances went begging, and even with a huge weight in the numbers of shots, City were unable to break through.

The usual suspects were all up and about as Craig Noone, Jamie Maclaren and Adrian Luna all looked dangerous at times yet failed to find the back of the net. Connor Metcalfe had an opportunity a few minutes prior, as a volley from inside the box struck the woodwork to repel City once again.

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The breakthrough came in the 32nd minute, as Andrew Nabbout was given free rein to use his speed to burn down the right wing. Firing in a cross from the tight angle, City’s luck finally changed.

A deviation off Newcastle defender John Koutroumbis saw the ball finish in the back of the net, and left many wondering if the floodgates had been opened.

They had not, and despite the huge swing of possession towards City throughout the whole half, the scored remained 1-0.

The manner in which City controlled the game in the first half can not be overstated. The Jets had 36 per cent of possession, as they only managed to generate two shots on goal, both of which were blocked before they got anywhere near.

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Compared with the amount of shots City took, it was a minor miracle the game was not over at the halfway mark.

The second half told a similar tale, as Newcastle failed to impose any sort of pressure in their forward half.

Kuach Yuel had a few promising runs for the Jets, yet City’s defence was as resolute as it has been all season.

It appeared to be a straight forward match remaining, as City attacked yet could not convert and Newcastle failed to create any meaningful chances.

However, no one in the stadium picked what was to happen next.

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Scott Jameison, who has not scored since the 14/15 season, weaved a passage and got some assistance from the woodwork to put City 2-0 up. The captain and determined defender was the unlikeliest of heroes for City.

Maclaren also booted his 99th A-League goal and joined Bruno Fornaroli as equal top City goal scorers on 48 goals a piece. Nabbout found himself on the end of a perfect through ball, and with one touch served up the volley on a platter to Maclaren, who made no mistake in finishing.

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City looked to finish as they started, in complete control, but there was one final twist for the game. As Matthew Millar intercepted a City pass and set up Ugarkovic, who secured Newcastle a much needed goal to lessen the blow.

Melbourne City: 3 (Koutroumbis 31′, Jamieson 59′, Maclaren 69′)

Newcastle Jets: 1 (Ugarkovic 87′)

AAMI Stadium

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referees: Wilson Brown & Andrew Meimarakis

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (gk), Scott GALLOWAY, Scott JAMIESON (c), Rostyn GRIFFTHS, Aiden O’NEIL, Jamie MACLAREN (Naoki TSUBAKI 79′), Craig NOONE (Macro TILIO 68′), Andrew NABBOUT (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 75′), Connor METCALFE (Florin BERENGUER 74′), Adrian LUNA, Curtis GOOD

Unused subs: Benjamin GARRUCIO, Alec MILLS, Matthew SUTTON

Newcastle Jets: Lewis ITALIANO (gk), John KOUTROUMBIS, Jason HOFFMAN, Steven UGARKOVIC, Matthew MILLAR, Kuach YUEL (Lucas MAURAGIS 73′), Luke PRSO (ALI ABBAS 63′, Lachlan JACKSON, Angus THURGATE, Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOUS (Kosta PETRATOS 81′), Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Unused subs: Nigel BOOGAARD, Liridon KRASNIQI, Jack DUNCAN

Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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