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Jun 18

Big-money Aaron Mooy move sets alarm bells ringing in A-League | Jonathan Howcroft

Manchester City will bank what is set to be an Australian record transfer fee as pure profit after they signed the midfielder for nothing from Melbourne City

The City Football Academy in Melbourne’s north is one of the most impressive sporting amenities in Australia. Architecturally, the complex funnels the attention of staff towards the training ground, as a permanent reminder of the site’s purpose. Those pitches use state of the art hybrid grass technology and their most recent occupants included Lionel Messi, with Argentina using the centre as a training base for the recent SuperClàsico. The facility cost its owners, the City Football Group (CFG), $15m. For context, they acquired City’s A-League licence for $11.25m.

On a tour of the centre shortly after it opened I was taken from the reception atrium into the inner sanctum. One of the first things to emerge behind the security doors was the communal lounge where staff and players ate lunch and played video games. In the corner of the room a noisy table tennis contest was taking place. Among the participants was Aaron Mooy.

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Apr 23

Melbourne City’s desperately timid ending is a microcosm of their slump | Jonathan Howcroft

Six wins in 20 games tells its own story, but even those damning numbers hide constipated play and an uncertainty in tactics and selection

Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar progressed from contrasting elimination finals to move within one game of the A-League championship decider, but it was Melbourne City’s abject capitulation against the former that grew into the story of the weekend. Uncertain in possession, apathetic without the ball, the home side looked overawed by the occasion at AAMI Park. It was a desperately timid end to a campaign that could hardly have begun with greater fanfare.

Related: Perth Glory post rare away win to move within a game of A-League grand final

Related: Brisbane Roar knock Wanderers out of A-League finals on penalties

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Apr 23

Perth Glory post rare away win to move within a game of A-League grand final

Perth Glory beat Melbourne City 2-0 at AAMI ParkGlory to play Sydney FC next Saturday for place in championship deciderDiego Castro embarrassed Melbourne City in their elimination final and sent Perth Glory into the final four of the A-League for the f…

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Apr 19

Tim Cahill relishing underdog status: ‘I’ve been written off my whole life’

  • ‘I like it like this. We know what’s on the line,’ says Melbourne City star
  • City face Perth Glory in Sunday night’s A-League elimination final
  • John Aloisi blames salary cap for the departure of Thomas Broich

Tim Cahill has dared A-League opponents to write off Melbourne City for the title, but the odds are stacked against City, who face Perth on Sunday night in an elimination final for a place in the final four.

Cahill’s side has beaten top-six opposition just twice all season, the last being three months ago – a 1-0 win over Western Sydney. City also have losing form against the Glor, and the latest of two losses this season came last Sunday in a madcap 5-4 loss in Western Australia.

Related: Arturo Vidal rages at referee after Bayern Munich go out to Real Madrid

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Apr 07

Tim Cahill magic earns Melbourne City A-League win over Adelaide

  • Melbourne City 1-0 Adelaide United at AAMI Park
  • Tim Cahill heads home stunning winner to push side close to home final

Melbourne City are within touching distance of a home A-League final after Tim Cahill’s stunning header earned them a well-deserved 1-0 win over Adelaide United. Yet again, Cahill produced the goods for City, elevating his side above above the Reds in a fiery contest on Friday night.

The veteran Socceroo arched his back perfectly to flick Nicolas Colazo’s corner over the Reds defence and inside the back post on 36 minutes. It was a goal that very few could have scored or would have even attempted, putting City in the box seat to return to AAMI Park in a fortnight’s time for just their second home final in their history.

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Apr 06

Roy Hodgson brought to A-League by Melbourne City in advisory role

Former England manager to spend month with City coaches and leadersFriendship with City executive Brian Marwood paves way for moveFormer England national team coach Roy Hodgson has been seconded to Australia in an advisory role to assist A-League club …

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Apr 03

A-League players to be booked if they appeal to referee for video referral

  • New technology to be introduced to top-tier football in Australia
  • Players effectively told to ignore video reviews

A-League players will be shown a yellow card if they urge referees to video review a decision once the technology comes into play from Friday night’s Melbourne City-Adelaide match.

Australia’s elite competition will become the first top-tier league in the world to use the technology and Adelaide defender Michael Marrone says players have been warned about how they should react to it. 

Related: Western Sydney emerge as unlikely title contenders with Antonis pulling strings | Jonathan Howcroft

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Apr 01

Sydney FC 3-0 Melbourne City: A-League – as it happened!

  • Second-half blitz from Sydney seals victory
  • Bobo hits brace after Brosque opener

12.09pm BST

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any better…

Another second-half masterclass of high-pressing, high-tempo football from Sydney FC as they roar towards the finals. I’m trying to think of any potential chinks in their armour, something that might offer hope to the other title contenders, but the only weakness I could see was the pitch. It was brutal.

11.48am BST

That’s all she wrote. Ominous, ominous stuff from Graham Arnold’s men – they are looking unstoppable.

11.45am BST

90 mins: Someone call the vet because City need to be put out of their misery. Bobo adds the cherry on the cake for the Sky Blues, heading home at the back post from a deep cross.

11.44am BST

89 mins: Bobo latches onto a pass from O’Neill and tries to dink it past the keeper – but it’s deflected for a corner. City clear it comfortably enough and head on the counter attack. Somehow, after being on the attack moments ago, Sydney have got their entire team back in the box waiting to defend. Ninkovic eventually makes the block. That’s why they’re champions.

11.41am BST

86 mins: Kamau has worked hard since he’s come on, but he can’t find a way through. Grant outfoxes him this time, harrying him until Sydney get the ball back. It’s been a typical Sydney performance, hard work and high pressing – with several players who can finish off a chance. They are in flying form heading into the finals.

11.38am BST

84 mins: Genreau with a strike that forces Vukovic into a smart save. A goal for City now would make the last five minutes interesting. I can’t see it happening though, more likely to go the other way. Talking of making things more interesting, Matt Simon is coming on. Enough time for a booking? Off comes Brosque.

11.37am BST

82 mins: Just counting down the clock now, both teams seem to have gone down a gear. Caceres comes on for Colazo in a last roll of the dice for City.

11.33am BST

80 mins: Ooo, it was almost three. Carney lashes one into the sidenetting after some poor scrambling in defence. Dimitrijevic comes on for Brillante.

11.32am BST

77 mins: Having said that, I’m just starting to feel like the Sydney defence have taken their foot off the gas. A few uncharacteristic errors creeping in, nothing too serious though. A bandaged-up Cahill comes off for Arzani.

11.29am BST

76 mins: Is it possible that Sydney are actually playing better now than they have done all season? It’s a frightening thought.

11.28am BST

75 mins: Grant flashes a powerful shot straight at Bouzanis, who saves it comfortably. City race to the other end and win a corner. They haven’t given up, but Sydney have just been too good. Calver gets a head to the corner… but it flies backwards for another one. The second corner is overhit and goes out for a throw.

11.26am BST

73 mins: City still down to 10 men as Cahill’s cut keeps him off the pitch. O’Neill booked for taking too long with his throw. You’d think he’d want to hurry things up while they have a numerical advantage. Sydney still in total control.

11.25am BST

70 mins: Sydney’s first sub of the night, Holosko off for Carney. Cahill needs some treatment for a nasty cut above his eye. He’s had a quiet night.

11.24am BST

69 mins: Valkanis in deep discussion with his staff. It’s going to take something special to turn this around. There’s a glimmer of hope when Kamau breaks into the box, but a wall of Sky Blue eventually forces the ball back out of the danger zone.

11.22am BST

67 mins: Game over? It’s got that feel to it now. City were more than a match for Sydney in the first half but it’s been one-way traffic since the break. If City don’t pull a goal back soon, I can’t see it ever coming. Ninkovic tries from distance after some nice footwork, but it flies over. The Cove don’t mind though, they’re still celebrating the second goal.

11.18am BST

64 mins: Zullo finds himself in acres of space on the left and whips an excellent ball into the box. There’s a very slight deflection but it goes straight to the back post where Bobo is lurking like the predator he is. He doesn’t miss from that distance, sliding it home with ease.

11.17am BST

63 mins: Sydney have got their tails up now. They can smell blood. Kamau gets his first touch, looking to find a way through down the right. He’s eventually forced to pass backwards and Sydney win possession.

11.15am BST

61 mins: Changes ahoy. Kamau comes on for Fitzgerald in a like-for-like swap. City looking to shake things up.

11.14am BST

59 mins: The question now is how will City respond? After defending solidly for so long, it was a pretty poor effort to let a throw-in bounce all the way to the six-yard box. Ninkovic chips one into the box but it’s cleared. City under pressure.

11.12am BST

57 mins: A long throw eventually bobbles its way to Brosque who nips in front of his marker and pokes it past Bouzanis. There was a sense that was coming. The Cove are in full voice as Sydney take a grip on the game.

11.10am BST

55 mins: An odd, lofted cross into the box from O’Neill. Bouzanis plucks it out of the sky harmlessly. City go right up the other end but the move breaks down courtesy of an offside.

11.07am BST

53 mins: Speaking of which… Franjic is forced into a clearance on the line from Grant’s shot after a goalmouth scramble. Bouzanis was stranded after making a previous save. Sydney starting to crank up the pressure.

11.06am BST

52 mins: Sydney don’t seem to be in a rush to get a goal, but then why would they? Considering their track record in second halves this season, they must be pretty confident a chance will show itself.

11.05am BST

50 mins: For all their defensive woes in the absence of Michael Jakobsen, City have looked pretty good at the back today. I’ve even had to revise my opinion of Muscat, who has looked solid throughout. #kissofdeath

11.03am BST

48 mins: Scrappy start to the half so far, both teams seem to be looking for that killer pass but both defences have answered everything asked of them… with the possible exception of Grant’s passback in the first half. Less said about that the better.

11.00am BST

45 mins: Peeep! And we’re back, slightly late due to a cameraman obliviously waiting around on the pitch as the players wait to kick off. Graham Arnold doesn’t look best pleased. But then he never does.

10.43am BST

That’s it for now folks, no goals in the first half but at the risk of jinxing it, I suspect that will change in the next 45. See you in 15.

10.42am BST

45 mins: City struggling to find a way out of their own half, Sydney’s forwards not giving them an inch of space. Eventually Colazo runs clear and wins a corner on the right. He’s arguably been their most dangerous player. The corner comes to nothing though, Sydney have been solid in defence. A minute of added time to come.

10.39am BST

43 mins: Half-time ahead and City will probably be thankful for it – Sydney are just starting to build up a head of steam. Brosque booked for a foul on Brattan.

10.37am BST

42 min: Zullo with a deep cross that finds Holosko in the box. He meets it with his head, but doesn’t get enough on it and it slips wide. Great footwork from Ninkovic on the left to set up the cross for Zullo. No wonder Sydney are so keen to keep him for next season.

10.35am BST

39 mins: Great challenge from Muscat to stop a Sydney counter-attack. Just starting to sense that the

Premiers are getting on top as the half-time break looms.

10.34am BST

37 min: Muscat with a header that goes well wide. It was a difficult one, the ball was a little behind him when he connected with it, he actually did well just to steer it in the right direction. Sydney decide to take things down a notch, passing it around, cool and calm, probing forward then bringing it back.

10.32am BST

35 mins: I’m still not sure who’s on top here, chances at either end with Sydney arguably having the better ones in the last 10 minutes or so. All that intensity is finally starting to create a few cracks.

10.30am BST

33 min: Ninkovic! Ooo, a lovely feint to get away from his marker, then the Sydney star hits a dipping effort that just goes over the bar. I think Bouzanis had it covered to be fair but it would have been awkward.

10.27am BST

31 mins: Zullo with a wicked cross that Bobo heads just wide under pressure from Tongyik. Good defending at the near post. A few openings just starting to show themselves.

10.26am BST

30 mins: Fornaroli with a scissor kick… that flies harmlessly away into the sea of Sky Blue known as the Cove. Laughter from the Sydney fans. Would have looked spectacular had it come off. But it didn’t. All that was missing was a swannee whistle.

10.25am BST

28 mins: The game needs someone to grab it by the scruff of the neck, it’s been an evenly matched arm-wrestle so far. Cahill maybe? Is he capable of doing that these days?

10.23am BST

25 mins: It’s been a bit of a see-saw game so far, just when one team looks to be pressing home an advantage, the momentum starts to tilt the other way. Nothing between them so far. We’ve got a game on our hands. Colazo almost clean through after a cross from Genreau… but he’s marginally offside.

10.20am BST

23 mins: Ooo, that could have been a clanger. Calver saves Grant’s bacon after a shocker of a passback that Cahill almost latches onto. Calver gets a crucial touch to get it to safety. Big Timmy would have been clean through.

10.19am BST

21 mins: There’s a high intensity to the game yet neither side has looked dangerous in the final third so far. Some silky skills from Bouzanis under pressure to throw a charging Grant off the scent. Shades of Schmeichel snr from about 20 years ago.

10.16am BST

10.13am BST

17 mins: City seem to have adopted a similar/less intense high-pressing tactic to Sydney’s, which you’d think would lead to openings at either end. Both teams have defended well so far though, nothing on offer from open play in terms of chances. Not yet anyway.

10.12am BST

15 mins: That little hold-up seems to have slowed the pace of the game, which was a little overly frantic in the opening 10 minutes. Brillante whips a free-kick into the box but it’s easily cleared by the City defence.

10.10am BST

10.08am BST

12 mins: Bouzanis charges off his line to punch away a deep cross into the box. City eventually clear it, but it looks like Holosko has been hurt by the big shotstopper in the challenge. There’s a pause in proceedings as the physio comes on to have a look.

10.07am BST

10 mins: The hosts respond well to that little scare, putting their foot on the ball and calming things down a bit with some simple passes in the defence. They eventually work it all the way into the penalty area but Bobo’s eventual shot is easily blocked by his marker.

10.05am BST

8 mins: Oooof! Fornaroli curls it past the wall and it smacks the outside of the post, bouncing away for a goal-kick. Warning sign for Sydney.

10.04am BST

7 mins: City playing the ball around nicely in the Sydney half. Fornaroli has a crack from the edge of the box but its miles wide. Not that it matters, Peter Green has given them a free-kick for a challenge just before the strike. Dangerous position.

10.01am BST

5 mins: It’s been a bit of a physical start from both sides, hard tackling and free-kicks the order of the day. Pretty 50-50 so far, City possibly shading it.

9.59am BST

3 mins: Zullo gives away a free-kick on the left-side of the box. Colazo looks like he’s going to whip it in. Cahill lurking. But it’s too close and low to Vukovic who dives on it. Good first touch for the keeper.

9.57am BST

1 min: Peeeeep! And we’re off. Sydney get us underway and Rose greets Holosko with a meaty challenge for a high ball. Free-kick. That’ll have woken him up.

9.55am BST

Not long to go

The players are coming onto the pitch, which doesn’t look in great shape to be honest. I’ve said that far too often this season. Doesn’t bode well for free-flowing football, although it might lead to a few nerves in defence.

9.50am BST

Top scorer

The loss of key defender Michael Jakobsen to a suspiciously lengthy calf injury has certainly hampered City in the run up to the finals but the form of Bruno Fornaroli will give them hope of breaking down that stubborn Sydney defence. Can he overhaul Berisha in the race for the golden boot? Just one goal in it at the minute.

9.48am BST


Melbourne City: Bouzanis, Muscat, Franjic, Tongyik, Rose, Genreau, Colazo, Brattan, Fitzgerald, Cahill, Fornaroli. Subs: Sorensen, Caceres, Kamau, Retre, Arzani

9.44am BST

Last time

Here’s something a little more encouraging for City fans, footage from the last time this fixture was played in Sydney. City came within a whisker of ending the Sky Blues’ unbeaten run before it had really begun – only to be denied by a late penalty.

9.41am BST

FT: Newcastle 0-3 Wanderers

So the Wanderers have continued their run of form with a comprehensive victory over the Jets that puts them just two points behind City in third. It also means just three points separate third place from sixth. The prospect of City finishing sixth would have been laughable a couple of months ago…

9.38am BST

Speaking of April Fools

The A-League got into the spirit of April 1 with a couple of ‘hilarious’ *cough* stories. Judging by the outrage directed at the Melbourne Victory-Big Bash yarn, they seemed to have fooled a few people.

9.33am BST

Evening everyone, thanks for joining me tonight for a fixture that may well be repeated in a few weeks when we finally get into the nitty gritty of finals football. Whether that happens or not basically depends on City, who seem to think the word “consistency” is some sort of April Fools prank to be avoided. Do they have the talent to beat this season’s runaway

Premiers? Certainly. But the fact that they’re a whopping 23 points behind the league leaders tells you just how often they’ve failed to hit the heights they’re capable of this season.

For Sydney, the opposite has been true, and anyone who thought Graham Arnold’s premiership steamroller might veer off the road once he picked up the Premiers Plate got a rude awakening in Perth last week – when the Sky Blues rode right over poor Glory in a 3-0 shellacking. With Arnold also eyeing up a record points haul for the season, and urging his players to play for their finals places, a lack of motivation doesn’t seem to be an issue. City will have to be at the top of their game to get something from this one.

4.27am BST

Richard will be with you shortly. In the meantime, check out Joe Gorman’s stroll down memory lane with NSL pioneers Canberra City.

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Mar 19

Melbourne City give reminder that for football to flourish it has to entertain | Jonathan Howcroft

Watching City briefly reach a level comparable to last season brought home how many A-League teams have stagnated or declined year on year

On Saturday night, a funny thing happened: Melbourne City entertained their home crowd for a full 90 minutes. The 4-0 rout of Newcastle Jets was only the second time City have scored more than twice at AAMI Park this season and the first occasion they’ve won at home by more than a single goal.

Related: A-League: Tim Cahill sparks Melbourne City rout of Jets

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Mar 18

A-League: Tim Cahill sparks Melbourne City rout of Jets

  • Melbourne City 4-0 Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park
  • First-half Cahill header puts City on path to home final

Tim Cahill delighted both his club and country bosses on Saturday night, sending Melbourne City on their way to a 4-0 A-League rout of Newcastle Jets. The Socceroos veteran kept City in control of the race for third place on the ladder, and a home final, with a trademark first-half header against the Jets.

Nick Fitzgerald, who replaced him as a second-half substitute, doubled their lead with a delightful chip before Bruno Fornaroli’s late double. But Cahill stole the show on the way from AAMI Park to two World Cup qualifiers in the next fortnight. The 37-year-old hung in the air on the back of young defender John Koutroumbis, powerfully heading past goalkeeper Jack Duncan.

Related: Pep Guardiola’s zonal theory will take time for Manchester City to learn | Jonathan Wilson

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Mar 05

Melbourne City hold on in frantic finish to keep Central Coast at bay

  • Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Melbourne City
  • Newcastle Jets 1-3 Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City climbed into third place after surviving a frenetic 3-2 A-League thriller against 10-man Central Coast, thanks to some luck and Paul Izzo’s goalkeeping implosion.

A Bruno Fornaroli brace, own-goals and goalkeeping howlers were the order of the day as Mariners captain Nick Montgomery and young City defender Ruon Tongyik both found the wrong net, before Izzo’s 62nd-minute red card and the subsequent penalty finished City’s job for them.

Related: Further frustration for Wanderers in stalemate with struggling Adelaide

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Feb 18

A-League: Wanderers win Sydney derby as Melbourne City thrash Phoenix

  • Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 Sydney FC
  • Wellington Phoenix 1-5 Melbourne City

Western Sydney have sent Sydney FC to their first A-League defeat this season, shocking the runaway leaders 1-0 to claim their first derby win in more than three years.

Thirty-seven months after Brendon Santalab scored the winner in the Wanderers’s last cross-town victory, the veteran striker set the stands alight on Saturday night with a 26th-minute opener that was never answered at ANZ Stadium.

Related: A-League: Adelaide United too good for Newcastle Jets in heated encounter

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Feb 11

Depleted Melbourne City come back to earn draw against Brisbane Roar

  • Melbourne City 2-2 Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park
  • Second-string City side recover from two goals down

Melbourne City’s second-stringers showed their wares, earning a point with a gritty comeback to draw 2-2 with the Roar in Brisbane.

Bereft of star power with seven suspensions and a further two injuries to senior players, City looked gone for all money when Jamie Maclaren put his side two up by half-time.

Related: A-League: Castro nets twice as Perth Glory thrash Adelaide

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Feb 10

Glory coach: pressure on cashed-up Melbourne City in W-League final

  • Bobby Despotovski says Melbourne City are no longer untouchable
  • ‘We all try to be like City. But we don’t have the funds of tycoons’

Perth Glory women’s coach Bobby Despotovski insists Melbourne City are no longer untouchable, and says all the pressure will be on the cashed-up club in the W-League grand final.

City went undefeated on the way to winning last season’s title in their maiden campaign in the W-League, but the star-studded squad have done it much tougher this time, overcoming a mid-season slump to scrape into fourth spot.

Related: Melbourne City down Canberra United in extra-time to reach W-League final

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Feb 05

Ignorance over Melbourne derby slur opens door to wider education | Francis Awaritefe

This is a big opportunity for FFA to harness the power of sport to promote non-discrimination, diversity and the principle of inclusivityLate in the highly charged atmosphere of the A-League Melbourne derby, Melbourne City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis clas…

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Feb 05

Dean Bouzanis apologises for Besart Berisha ‘gypsy’ slur in Melbourne derby

  • City goalkeeper admits remarks made out of ignorance
  • Pair had clashed all night during Melbourne derby

Melbourne City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis will undergo an education course after abusing Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha in Saturday night’s A-League derby.

The keeper has apologised to the Albanian for calling him a “fucking gypsy” in heated scenes at Etihad Stadium. The pair clashed all night, with Bouzanis saving Berisha’s penalty with the scores locked at 0-0.

Related: Victory seal controversial comeback win in Melbourne derby

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Feb 04

Victory seal controversial comeback win in Melbourne derby

Besart Berisha propelled Melbourne Victory to an A-League derby comeback for the ages, coming from a goal behind to defeat Melbourne City 2-1 in the dying stages. Amid high drama on Saturday, Tim Cahill was sent off for dissent without making it onto the pitch as Victory jumped off the canvas with six minutes remaining.

City appeared to be heading for a win when Neil Kilkenny scored the first goal of his Australian career to put them ahead after 70 minutes. But Berisha – who had threatened to be the night’s villain after having a penalty saved brilliantly by Dean Bouzanis – put Victory on terms from Marco Rojas’ cut-back.

Related: Sydney FC undefeated from 18 A-League starts after Brisbane draw

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Jan 27

Andrew Nabbout’s A-League double helps Jets past Melbourne City

  • Newcastle Jets 2-1 Melbourne City at Coffs Harbour
  • Livewire Andrew Habbout nets twice as Jets move inside top six

Newcastle livewire Andrew Nabbout has continued his A-League purple patch, scoring twice to dismantle Melbourne City 2-1 and lift the Jets back into the top six. A flat City were caught on the break either side of halftime in Coffs Harbour on Friday night as Nabbout delivered a finishing masterclass to notch his first brace since bursting on the scene in 2012 with Melbourne Victory.

Although the 24-year-old winger conceded a controversial penalty converted by Bruno Fornaroli to give the visitors hope, Michael Valkanis’ side slumped to another loss on the road to flounder six points behind Victory ahead of next week’s final Melbourne derby.

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Jan 19

Tim Cahill at the double as Melbourne City claim victory over Mariners

  • Melbourne City 2-1 Central Coast Mariners
  • Cahill brace hands City all three points at AAMI Park

Tim Cahill headed Melbourne City to a much-needed A-League win, dismissing the challenge of 10-man Central Coast with a 2-1 result at AAMI Park.

Roy O’Donovan equalised and was dismissed within 23 minutes on Thursday night, either side of two first-half Cahill strikes.

Related: David Squires on … fan behaviour at the Sydney derby

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Jan 12

Adelaide United stun Melbourne City after late Mark Ochieng winner

  • Adelaide Unitd 2-1 Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium
  • Substitute Mark Ochieng scores 87th minute winner to stun City

Adelaide United have stunned Melbourne City 2-1 in their A-League clash at Coopers Stadium, courtesy of a dramatic 87th-minute goal by young substitute Mark Ochieng. The Reds were forced to come from behind on Thursday night after Bruno Fornaroli opened the scoring in just the fourth minute.

It was just the defending champions’ second win of the season and a less-than-ideal return to Coopers Stadium for former Adelaide assistant and interim City coach Michael Valkanis.

Related: David Squires on … Melbourne City’s next coach

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