City back on the win­ners’ list in style

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

STUN­NING goals from Ritchie De Laet and Bruno Fornaroli have re­turned Mel­bourne City to the A-League win­ners’ list at Welling­ton Phoenix’s ex­pense.

De Laet lashed a 25-me­tre bomb in the open­ing min­utes be­fore Fornaroli made the points safe af­ter half­time at AAMI Park last night.

City swept aside both Mark Ru­dan’s or­di­nary out­fit and the mem­ory of last week’s thrash­ing by Syd­ney FC with a con­fi­dent dis­play.

Per­haps most im­por­tantly, their tal­is­man got his first for the sea­son. Fornaroli had come un­der fire for his goal­less start to the cam­paign, but the golden boot win­ner came alive with a clas­sic strike on the hour mark. Ri­ley McGree showed pa­tience with the ball be­fore tee­ing up the Uruguayan on the edge of the box, who took one touch be­fore curl­ing home at the far post.

His pre­ci­sion strike was in con­trast with the sheer power of De Laet’s opener.

The Bel­gian rasped a cut­back from Lach­lan Wales which sheered into the net, mean­ing City’s two mar­quee men brought home the points.

Last-ditch ef­forts from vet­eran de­fender Andrew Du­rante and Filip Kurto in the Phoenix goal pre­vented a blowout.

Du­rante was at full-stretch to deny Florin Berenguer’s cross aimed for a free Fornaroli be­fore half­time, with the goal­keeper mak­ing handy saves from both those at­tack­ers.

At the other end, Eu­gene Galekovic’s sole in­volve­ment of im­por­tance was clear­ing a Sarpreet Singh free kick.

Welling­ton’s best chance was stymied by ref­eree Adam Field­ing, who over­turned his own free kick with use of the video as­sis­tant.

Pic­ture: AAP

WIN­NING RUN: City’s Ri­ley McGree (cen­tre) un­der pressure from David Wil­liams (left) and Andrew Du­rante.

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