Cahill leads way as City ground Jets

19 March 2017 07:09:31 EST

Tim Cahill put Melbourne City on their way to a comfortable 4-0 home win over Newcastle Jets.

The veteran Australia international striker netted the only goal of the first half at AAMI Park, in a display that will have delighted Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

Cahill tuned up for his involvement in the two World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE with an impressive performance before he was withdrawn in the second half by City coach Michael Valkanis.

His replacement Nick Fitzgerald scored the second goal against the Jets and leading scorer Bruno Fornaroli iced the victory with two more in the final 15 minutes.

It keeps City in control of the race for third place in the A-League, while making it tough for Newcastle to qualify for the Finals Series.

Josh Rose's 12th-minute cross set up the opener, with Cahill climbing above Jonny Koutroumbis to head past keeper Jack Duncan.

The home side had to wait until midway through the second half to double their advantage. Then it was two former Central Coast players, Anthony Caceres and Fitzgerald, who combined to unlock the visitors' defence
Caceres chipped over the backline to give his teammate the chance to volley the ball over the onrushing Duncan.

With one substitute having got on the mark it was another - Bruce Kamau, who had been on the pitch less than three minutes - who was instrumental in making it 3-0. He was tripped in the box by Daniel Mullen and skipper Fornaroli sent Duncan the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Six minutes later City had their fourth, Fornaroli netting his 17th goal of the campaign at the far post after Caceres had miscued his shot following Fitzgerald's cross.

City are 15/8 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 7/5 with the draw 13/5.

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