Late goal lifts City to tight win

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - MATT ENCARNACIO­N A-League

AN in­jury-time goal from Jamie Ma­claren has fired Mel­bourne City to a stun­ning 3-2 A-League win over Western Syd­ney.

The Wan­der­ers looked headed for an up­set early last night when Kwame Ye­boah found the net af­ter just 90 sec­onds at Bankwest Sta­dium. Ma­claren equalised af­ter Western Syd­ney mid­fielder Pirmin Sch­we­gler was con­tro­ver­sially ruled to have dragged De­nis Gen­reau in the box in the 55th minute.

Re­plays showed the con­tact was min­i­mal be­tween the pair.

The Wan­der­ers’ frus­tra­tions wors­ened when Josh Bril­lante net­ted in the 73rd minute, be­fore Ye­boah com­pleted his dou­ble soon af­ter to set up a thrilling fin­ish. And up stepped ar­guably the most in-form player in the league in Ma­claren, who was found un­marked by Lach­lan Wales in the se­cond minute of in­jury time.

The Soc­ceroos’ star drove his shot past the out­stretched arms of Daniel Lopar, ex­tend­ing his re­mark­able goalscor­ing run to nine goals in four league games.

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