BRUNO Fornaroli produced a piece of brilliance as Melbourne City ended the Newcastle Jets’ FFA Cup run with a 1-0 win at AAMI Park on Wednesday night.
The Uruguayan striker broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being given a metre of space on the edge of the box. The former Johnny Warren Medal winner did the rest, curling a shot inside the right post.
It was Fornaroli’s 10th goal against the Jets and, in the end, was enough to propel City into the quarter-final.
The home side controlled much of the match and created by far the better chances.
Glen Moss was outstanding in goals for the Jets, making three reflex saves to keep the visitors in it.
At the other end, the Jets struggled to break down the City back four.
Matthew Ridenton had the their best chance in the 56th minute but couldn’t beat Eugene Galekovic from close range.
It was one of the few times the City keeper was tested.
Dimi Petratos and Ronny Vargas pushed and probed but never really threatened.
The Jets were under the greater pressure in the first half but went to the break on level terms thanks to scrambling defence and Moss
As expected, Dimi Petratos dropped deeper in midfielder for the injured Ben Kantarovski (calf) and his brother Kosta led the line, with Jason Hoffman playing on the right.
The home side were the first into gear.
Riley McGree, playing against the Jets for the first time, crossed from the right in the 10th minute for an unmarked Fornaroli, but the Uruguayan blazed a volley high.
Former Socceroo Dario Vidosic created most of the problems for the Jets.
Starting on the left and drifting inside, Vidosic beat three players in a mazy run in the 15th minute but couldn’t connect with Lachlan Wales.
Vidosic did it all himself on the half hour, capitalising on a slip from Nigel Boogaard and bursting into the box, but Moss turned his low drive around the post.
The Jets had the keeper to thank again on the stroke of half-time when he reacted quickly to parry away a first-time shot from McGree.
Jets coach Ernie Merrick introduced Angus Thurgate for Kosta Petratos at the break, with Hoffman switching to the No.9 role.
Fornaroli had been well contained in the first half, but he only needed half a yard to strike. Fed by Vidosic on the edge of the box, he turned and fired.
In other games on Wednesday night, Western Sydney Wanderers accounted for Bonnyrigg 2-1, Adelaide United edged past Queensland Lions 1-0 and, in an all NPL clash, Heidelberg beat Adelaide Comets 4-0.
Meanwhile, Socceroos great Tim Cahill is reportedly in advanced talks with Jamshedpur FC to play in the Indian Super League.