Melbourne City ran out winners against Brisbane Roar as they defeated Brisbane 4-1, in a game which featured two or three goals that will be remembered for a long time.
Rostyn Griffiths scored the only goal of a dull first half as he subtly glanced a header from a Florin Berenguer cross to give his team the lead.
Just 10 minutes after the restart, Brisbane found an equaliser against the run of play as Harrison Delbridge attempted a header back to the goalkeeper under no pressure but chipped him instead as the ball hopelessly went past the line.
Thankfully for the Melburnians, it was not to be the defining moment as only a few minutes later, Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison regained the advantage for the City Blues.
Marquee man Ritchie De Laet added himself to a YouTube compilation somewhere with a stunning goal from long range that no words can do justice to (but this writer is going to try to in about three paragraphs anyway).
The talented Olyroo, Riley McGree, then put the nail in the coffin with a Messi-like chip to clinch the game.
Florin Berenguer finally produces a performance
Since coming to Melbourne, Berenguer has been an epitome of all that is wrong with City this season. Slow, error-ridden and lethargic.
Finally, he performed to the level expected to at least temporarily quieten down his critics. Fitting then, that his team also matched his performance levels to put Brisbane away.
The Frenchman was at the centre of almost everything for Warren Joyce’s side, drawing defenders in with some intelligent movement before opening up the defence with a precise ball into the box.
Maybe this might be the beginning of a bright start for City and they can make a late charge and sneak a championship title or runner-up position? If they keep playing like this, it’s definitely in the cards.