The City boys made a statement in the FFA Cup last night, comfortably dispatching the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 thanks to a brace from class-above Craig Noone and a delightful finish from in-form Jamie Maclaren.
Rami Najjarine was the surprise inclusion to the starting lineup, with the youngster taking up a position on the right-wing which would typically have been occupied by Javier Cabrera or Adrián Luna. Connor Metcalfe continues to look like a probable midfield starter alongside Florin Berenguer and Josh Brillante.
Despite the Wanderers fast start in the game’s early minutes, it was Craig Noone who would establish dominance over the match soon after.
The Englishman was on fire early, setting up numerous chances for Jamie Maclaren in the opening twenty minutes, including a brilliant cross to our number 9 who broke away from his marker but placed his close-range shot straight at Wanderers keeper Daniel Lopar, who was able to force it over the bar.
Noone’s class was only further exemplified just a few minutes later, when he whipped in yet another dangerous cross which evaded Maclaren in the middle but found Najjarine who was trailing closely behind at the far post. The youngster got his timing wrong, however, and missed the ball entirely... an accurate representation of the remainder of his performance; the less said about which, the better.