Tilio brilliance guides City to dominant win over Jets

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A Marco Tilio masterclass in contributing to all of Melbourne City’s goals led his side to a 3-0 win over the Newcastle Jets, following a commanding second-half display.

The match started in end-to-end fashion, with both sides pressing high when out of possession allowing plenty of space in behind.

Whilst sights of goal were rare in the opening phases, the game was captivating in its intensity with no player allowed more than a moment on the ball before feeling the pressure.

The first major flash point arrived just after 20 minutes, when a late Jason Hoffman challenge prompted a visceral response from Andrew Nabbout. Taylor Regan soon became involved, as both Nabbout and Hoffman were booked following the incident.

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Beka Mikeltadze was as influential as ever for Newcastle, consistently dropping deep to create space for his fellow attackers, whilst distributing the ball early and intelligently whenever it came to his feet.

The game appeared to be heading towards a 0-0 half-time score line, however, it was City who struck just before the break.

Florin Berenguer continued his superb form with another assist, this time crossing the ball into the box for Jamie Maclaren to calmly volley the opener past Jack Duncan.

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By the start of the second half, the tempo had largely settled.

The conditions were ripe for Tilio to explode – and explode he did.

A moment of pure magic saw Tiliio execute an outrageous run filled with trickery, before delightfully squeezing a pass to Mathew Leckie, in plenty of space in the box, for a relatively simple finish to make it 2-0.

City had doubled their lead and they capitalised on the momentum just moments later when more superb skill on the ball from Tilio enticed a mistimed challenge from Regan, leading to the Newcastle defender’s second yellow-card and subsequent sending off.

Tilio played a part yet again as City scored their third, banking another assist as he played through Carl Jenkinson who fired across Duncan’s goal into the bottom corner in the 64th minute.

City were strolling at 3-0 up having well and truly extinguished Newcastle’s fighting spirit.

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Patrick Kisnorbo was afforded the luxury of taking off Berenguer for most of the second half, a major bonus considering City’s congested fixture list for the remainder of the season.

City were comfortable for the remainder of the contest as they saw out the 3-0 win.

A much-needed bounce back result for Kisnorbo’s side in a game where Tilio stole the show. An even clearer indication, if it were needed, that Tilio must be given more opportunities to start games.

For Newcastle it was the same old story, so much of their play was highly impressive but they failed to make it count on the scoreboard.

Melbourne City: 3 (Maclaren 45+2’, Leckie 52’, Jenkinson 64’)

Newcastle Jets: 0

AAMI Park

Referee: Tim Danaskos

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick, Daniel Ilievski

Fourth Official: Adam Bavcar

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott GALLOWAY, Nuno REIS, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Carl JENKINSON, Mathew LECKIE, Aiden O’NEILL (Taras GOMULKA 80’), Jamie MACLAREN (c) (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 80’), Florin BERENGUER (Connor METCALFE 67’), Andrew NABBOUT (Manuel Pucciarelli 80’), Marco TILIO

Unused subs: Matthew SUTTON (GK), Curtis GOOD, Jordon HALL

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM, Jason HOFFMAN, Jordan ELSEY (c), Jordan O’DOHERTY (Mario ARQUES 61’), Beka MIKELTADZE, Olivier BOUMAL (Savvas Siatravanis 61’), Daniel PENHA (Dylan MURNANE 58’), Valentino YUEL (Samuel SILVERA 90’), Taylor REGAN, Angus THURGATE (Kostandinos GROZOS 45’)

Unused subs: Michael WEIER (GK), Eli BABALJ

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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Oscar Rutherford
Oscar Rutherford
Sports tragic studying Law/Arts at Monash University. Second-best paid Oscar working in football who has been to China.

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