Aaron Mooy and Bruno Fornaroli have netted a brace every to sink Newcastle four- and claim third spot on the A-League ladder.
SCOREBOARD: NEW -four MCY
|Jets -4 Melb City|
|at Hunter Stadium, December 13, 2015|
|3||Shots on target||six|
|11||Shots off target||16|
|Newcastle Jets: |
Melbourne City: four (A Mooy 43′, 59′ B Fornaroli 56′, 62′)
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The victory requires City’s tally to 14 objectives from their previous 3 games soon after a pair of 5-1 routs of Perth and Central Coast, with 3 second-half objectives in six minutes sinking the hapless Jets at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.
The in-demand Mooy was fairly slow off the blocks in this cease-start off contest but basically could not stay out of the action, while Uruguayan striker Fornaroli ensured his league-higher aim record bulged to nine.
It leaves the Jets wallowing in seventh spot, nevertheless with an appalling property record and without a win because their exceptional round-4 three-two comeback win more than City.
Newcastle pounced early and developed chances but sorely lacked a clinical finish, an all-also-familiar sight that has seen Scott Miller’s men score no more than one aim in eight of their past nine matches.
Returning Brazilian playmaker Leonardo won the ball many occasions even though Milos Trifunovic, who netted a brace in these sides’ final meeting at AAMI Park, penetrated early and dinked a cheeky backheel for Serbian compatriot Enver Alivodic, only for City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to scoop up his effort.
But Newcastle’s audacious start off did not final extended and City stole the edge.
Frenchman Harry Novillo stung the hosts’ sturdy defence with a glorious cross that floated invitingly for somebody to finish, but gloveman Mark Birighitti was fortunate to watch it trickle out.
It was Mooy who delivered the initial blow just prior to half-time.
The 25-year-old flew into the box and toyed with defenders prior to offloading to Ivan Franjic.
When Mooy got the ball back, only Birighitti was standing in his way, and he drove low and hard via the custodian’s legs into the back corner.
After the break, Birighitti was caught among his pins once more when Fornaroli got last touch right after a inexpensive turnover, before Mooy kneed a lovely Franjic cross house 4 minutes later.
Inside two minutes Mooy had set a fourth aim on a plate for Fornaroli, who beat two defenders with some fancy footwork ahead of striking.
The Jets toiled and the rejuvenated David Carney was an outlet on the wing, but the ten,087-sturdy crowd was virtually silent for the final 30 minutes of the game.
Trifunovic, who was offside more than he was on, had possibilities late but there would be no consolation aim.
The only dark spot of the game for City have been the injuries to Chapman and Jacob Melling.
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