Jamie Maclaren has yet again stamped his claim as the A-League’s most prolific striker leading Melbourne City to a 3-0 romping of Macarthur at AAMI Park.
City put the game to bed in a rampant 12-minute first-half blitz as Maclaren took his tally to ten goals on the season with a first-half brace while Craig Noone sealed it with a stunning individual effort.
After a dull opening, the floodgates opened as Maclaren got to work on Macarthur’s back four.
Maclaren latched on to Nathaniel Atkinson’s well-weighted first-time cross to give Melbourne the lead.
Two minutes later, Andrew Nabbout’s cross found Maclaren yet again whose initial effort was cleared off the line by Antony Golec but wouldn’t be denied twice as he slammed home the rebound.
The reigning Golden Boot winner could’ve easily had his third when his clever flick narrowly drifted past the post.
City would get their third only seconds later when Nabbout’s cross-field ball found Noone who brilliantly dummied past Mark Milligan and curled it into the far corner.
Macarthur were unable to test a resolute City back four who held firm to see out the result and make it a fourth-straight win.
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CITY – TEAM TO BEAT
Melbourne City is electric right now.
Four straight wins and three games without conceding has Melbourne well-placed after a dull-start to the season.
Now perched in second, City ruthlessly put their opponents to the sword in a similar vein to how they blitzed Melbourne Victory a week prior – stamping their claim as the form team in the league.
However, a top of the table clash looms next-week as they face the inspired Central Coast Mariners who are riding a similar wave of momentum.
MACARTHUR’S LEAKY DEFENCE
The A-League’s newest club patchy form continues.
Following a defeat to the Mariners on Monday, the Bulls failed to fire or curtail a shot against a rampant City front-line.
Macarthur’s labouring defence struggled to keep up against the pace of Nabbout and Noone who were able to get in behind time and time again.
After losing their third game in four days, the Bulls will be looking for an immediate response as they return to their home-turf next Saturday.
CITY TERRACE RETURNS
The ‘City Terrace’ is back but not as we know it.
After weeks of football fans being banned from traditional active support at AAMI Park, the football fraternity begged the question as to why Melbourne Storm fans were given a different set of rules which allowed them to provide active support and sit in a tarped area behind the goals which is cordoned off at A-League matches.
The ensuing backlash meant fans were given the same liberties Storm fans had 24 hours earlier including seated active support and the use of drums and flags.
City’s active support was pushed into a corner as the tarp remained with the reasons behind its presence lingering especially if it’s not present at the NRL.