City blast back with a dominant display against the Jets


In contrast, Newcastle face a week of soul-searching following one of their worst efforts of the season that has left them languishing in ninth spot.

City looked like a team on a mission from the kickoff at Newcastle International Sports Centre on Sunday evening, and got the perfect start when Cabrera took advantage of a flat-footed Jets defence.

The Uruguayan split their central defenders with a precision through ball for Luna, who simply helped it past an advancing Glen Moss in just the third minute.

Newcastle slowly warmed back into the contest only to concede from a recycled corner, with Luna nodding home a teasing Josh Brillante cross.

The set piece for City came moments after most of the Jets were caught straddling the sidelines sipping water during a stoppage.

Their opposition meanwhile thirsted for more goals, and again found a Newcastle backline napping just minutes after the halftime break.

Divided loyalties: A supporter puts a Jets scarf on Melbourne City goalscorer Javier Cabrera (left) after the match against Newcastle.Credit:AAP

A quick free kick from Denis Genreau hit an unmarked Cabrera, who waltzed into the box and thumped a rocket past Moss at his near post.

Maclaren completed the beatdown when he tapped in a Cabrera cross soon after.

The only positive for the hosts was the performance of star Dimi Petratos, who drew two saves from City’s new goalkeeper Thomas Glover.

Acrobatic: Melbourne City keeper Tom Glover leaps to make a save during the round 10 match at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

Acrobatic: Melbourne City keeper Tom Glover leaps to make a save during the round 10 match at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.Credit:AAP

The No.10 was the only real threat for a defence that claimed just their second clean sheet of the season – and first since round one.

But it wasn’t enough to prevent part of the 8,133 crowd at McDonald Jones Stadium from booing their team from the field at fulltime.

On a sour note for the visitors though, Genreau failed to finish the match after succumbing to a suspected shoulder injury he picked up in the first half.

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