A-Leagues Wrap: Reds demolish City by SIX goals, Victory & Jets play out eight-goal epic

Bruno Fornaroli scored four goals in amazing first-half performance in Melbourne Victory's 5-3 win against Newcastle Jets.

Round 2 of the Isuzu UTE A-League came to a thrilling conclusion with a huge triple-header that saw 19 goals across a crazy afternoon.

It all started in Gosford, as Central Coast Mariners fell to a 2-1 defeat to Macarthur FC at Industree Group Stadium.

Led by four goals from Bruno Fornaroli, Melbourne Victory defeated Newcastle Jets 5-3 at AAMI Park, before Melbourne City were demolished 6-0 by Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

MATCHDAY AGENDA
Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Macarthur FC – Industree Group Stadium

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MATCH REPORT: Maiden A-Leagues goals from veteran duo fire Macarthur to victory over reigning champions

First Isuzu UTE A-League goals from star signing Valere Germain and Kearyn Baccus has lifted Macarthur FC to a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Central Coast Mariners at Industree Group Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Germain cooly slotted home the winner just before the hour mark, before Baccus scored his first A-Leagues goal in his 112th matches, to give Mile Sterjovski’s side a two-goal lead.

Brian Kaltak pulled one back late in the contest, but it wasn’t enough to inspire a late comeback, as the Bulls took home their first win of the league season only days after they fell to a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Phnom Penh Crown in the AFC Cup.

Melbourne Victory 5-3 Newcastle Jets – AAMI Park

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WATCH: Fornaroli bags FOUR first half goals – including incredible Goal of the Season contender
MATCH REPORT: Fornaroli masterclass leads Victory to emphatic win over Jets in eight-goal epic

A bag of four goals from Bruno Fornaroli has fired Melbourne Victory to an emphatic 5-3 victory over Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

The A-Leagues legend fired home a whopping four first-half goals, to overturn an early deficit after Mark Natta opened the scoring for the visitors. Fornaroli’s fourth of the game was pick of the bunch, scoring an incredible rabona to give Victory a 4-1 lead heading into the interval.

The Uruguayan born attacker’s bag of four goals takes him to third in the all-time Isuzu UTE A-League goalscorer charts with 94 goals, overtaking Shane Smeltz who is on 92.

He now also has five goals in two games to start the season, which is only two shy of the seven goals he scored for the entirety of the 2022-23 campaign.

Adelaide United 6-0 Melbourne City – Coopers Stadium

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MATCH REPORT: Six of the best! Adelaide send a statement to the rest of the competition with City demolition

Adelaide United’s incredible hot streak against Melbourne City has continued, after the Reds demolished the reigning premiers 6-0 at Coopers Stadium.

Nestory Irankunda opened the scoring with a stunning long-range free-kick, before an own-goal from Callum Talbot doubled Adelaide’s lead before the break on Sunday evening.

Jamie Maclaren had a golden opportunity to get the visitors back into the contest after City were awarded a penalty, but the all-time leading A-Leagues goalscorer had his spot-kick saved by Joe Gauci.

Ryan Tunnicliffe and teenager Musa Toure fired home their first Adelaide goals, before Bernardo Oliveira added a brace late in the contest to extend the Reds’ unbeaten run over City at Hindmarsh to eight consecutive matches.