April 18, 2021

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Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers, Craig Noone free kick goal

Craig Noone and Andrew Nabbout have led Melbourne City to a club-record sixth-straight win leading...


Craig Noone and Andrew Nabbout have led Melbourne City to a club-record sixth-straight win leading a second-half blitz over the Western Sydney Wanderers.

The English winger scored two goals either side of half-time, while Nabbout got his first in City colours helping turn-around an early deficit following Bernie Ibini’s opener.

Jamie Maclaren helped round-out the win with his 12th of the season extending his lead in the Golden Boot race to four.

The win puts Patrick Kisnorbo’s men into second-place, leapfrogging their opponents and caps off a week which has seen them knock off the two top sides heading into last night’s contest.

Despite being in full-control, City were exposed following a mix-up at the back allowing for Mitch Duke to whip in a well-timed cross to Ibini who nodded home the opener – the first goal they had conceded in just over four games.

Melbourne’s equaliser eventually came when Noone’s quickly taken free-kick looped over an unsuspecting Margush – catching the entire Wanderers team and the fans in attendance off-guard.

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Cute free kick or unsportsmanlike goal? | 00:25

Noone, continued to cause headaches on the left-flank putting the Wanderers defence into a spin and whipped in a superb cross to Nabbout who chested-home his first in City colours.

The English winger’s night was far from done as Nabbout turned provider finding Noone in an acre of space to slam home their third.

Nabbout and Noone linked-up yet again as the former put home his second but after VAR review Noone was found to be only a fraction off-side – ruling out a fourth for City.

Maclaren slammed home a well-deserved fourth for City while simultaneously breaking a club record for consecutive games scored with six.

NOONE AND NABBOUT SHOW

On most weeks, Craig Noone and Andrew Nabbout are playing the supporting cast to Jamie Maclaren but on this occasion – it was the wingers who stole the show.

The duo put on a second-half clinic with a seven-minute blitz of the Wanderers defence which saw the two link-up for three goals but unfortunately only the two stood.

Their impact multiplied once the Wanderers were forced to ditch their low-block in search of a winner allowing for the wingers to penetrate the away side’s back three who were left exposed by Western Sydney’s marauding wingbacks.

WANDERERS LACK RESPONSE

When the pressure turned up and City came charging – Western Sydney crumbled.

The Wanderers, who were fresh off three straight wins looked to be on track for yet another win after opening the scoring but that’s where the buck stopped.

They registered five shots for the game and were overwhelmed by the sheer ferocity and speed City played at – being unable to wrestle control in midfield and get their star-studded attack into the game.

BLINK AND YOU MISS IT

Craig Noone may have scored one of the most unorthodox goals seen in A-League history.

The Englishman caught the crowd, the broadcasters and the Wanderers players off-guard with a surprisingly taken quick free-kick which incredibly found its way into the back of the net.

Daniel Margush, for one, would not be in a rush to watch the replay as he was caught napping off his line after an almost flawless opening half.



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