City have pulled off a spectacular Derby win in front of a home AAMI Park crowd for the first time in just over four years, putting a significant dent in Victory’s finals hopes with an impressive 2-1 win over the crosstown rival.
Florin Berenguer opened the scoring early on with a well-placed finish past Lawrence Thomas for his first-ever City goal, a moment which drew frenzied celebrations from the City faithful.
The Frenchman was again involved later on, providing the assist for our second with a mouth-watering backheel into the path of Jamie Maclaren to finish into the back of the net.
A goalkeeping howler from Tom Glover allowed Victory back into the game late on, but the City lads dug in to hold onto their 2-1 lead for a crucial win which keeps us in second place for another week.
Here’s what we learned:
Frenchy comes to the forefront
Florin Berenguer has been berated by fans since his arrival at the club at the beginning of last season and despite his injuries and being played out of position by Warren Joyce, the criticism has probably been very much warranted.
With zero goals to his name, the Frenchman almost certainly seemed destined to become yet another failed marquee/VISA signing, but last night’s performance deservedly thrust Berenguer into the spotlight, earning ‘Man of the Match’ plaudits for his crucial goal and assist.