An empathic Melbourne City went to Newcastle and ruined the Ernie Merrick’s Sunday afternoon by unleashing a pair of Uruguayans (and JMac).
Citeh were really good. Painfully so. Clinical with a ‘we don’t give an eff’ attitude that some teams can’t muster after a 0—3 thumping the week before.
When you see the 0-4 score line you would assume that the Jets just weren’t that good. Sure at times they looked helpless but they had their moments and fair share of chances. The real story here is that City were just too good, cementing their position on the table as they so desperately aim to claim their first Premiership.
The visitors drew first blood just on the stroke of 3 minutes. Adrian Luna found himself on the end of Craig Noone’s through ball and effortlessly slipped it past Glen Moss, immediately justifying his newly promoted spot in the starting XI.
The Jets got their first real look on goal in the 24th when Dimitri Petratos tried a somewhat audacious acrobatic volley that was aimed straight at Tom Glover. Petratos was again on the attack moments later with a shot from range but Glover’s quick reaction pushed it out for a Jets corner.
With nothing coming from the set piece, Merrick laid into his team about their positioning from the sideline. That little pep talk did nought for the home side as Luna bagged his second shortly after, connecting with Josh Brillante’s almost cheeky cross to head it home. Ooof.
Despite City’s best efforts and another chance for Dimi it stayed 0-2 to the visitors at halftime and I feared for the safety of the Jets players heading back to the dressing room with Merrick.
HT: NEW 0-2 MCY
Merrick’s message was clear. He wanted his team to commit during the second half to salvage the game. Unfortunately the Jets interpreted this as committing to letting City run all over them, giving Javier Cabrera the most ridiculous amount of space so he could compose and fire a rocket from inside the box in the 47th. A moment Nikolai Topor-Stanley would want to forget during his 300th HAL game.
Jamie Maclaren came into this match on the verge of history, just needing a goal to become the fastest player to double digit goals in a season. So, of course on a night were City running riot he bagged a record. Cabrera casually took on two defenders and threaded the ball to JMac who tapped it in from close range.
That’s now 10 goals in six matches and SOMEONE GET HIM BACK TO BRISBANE RIGHT NOW. Hingert has an interest in property (marketing) now so I’m sure he can swing him some advice on buying and settling in the great BrisVegas.
Also, Dimi. We’ll take Dimi back please. Despite Dimi’s best efforts the match ended with a 0-4 victory to City. At least this means they’ll most likely crush the Vuck in next weeks derby, so there’s that.
FT: NEW 0-4 MCY
By Bree Reidy