Melbourne City are emphatically through to the Semi-Finals of the 2015 FFA Cup as they crushed Heidelberg’s dream of being the giant killers at Olympic Park on Tuesday night. Melbourne City won the match 5-0.
With Greek international Kostas Katsouranos turning out for Heidelberg the fans were packing in to Melbourne’s Olympic Park. There were 11, 372 fans hoping to see Katsouranos make a big impact but it was Aaron Mooy who stole the show, scoring a hat-trick.
It took just two minutes for Melbourne City to take the lead as they scored one of the fastest goals of all time. Wade Dekker did well, controlling a long ball from Erik Paartalu and interchanging a one-two with Mooy setting up Bruno Fornaroli for the goal.
It was absolutely all Melbourne City as they were showing their superior quality throughout the opening 15 minutes. There were several more early opportunities to double their lead, with Mooy seeing a free-kick saved before Fornaroli was denied by the post.
Only Tando Velaphi kept Melbourne City 1-0 up moments later as he was forced to make a stellar save. Nejc Kolman got behind the City defense, squaring for Kaine Shepard, who seemed certain to score but was denied by a Velaphi save down low.
The post saved Heidelberg again as a Mooy corner set up the opportunity and found Connor Chapman. But his header came off the base of the post after beating the keeper well, keeping it just 1-0 at the half.
It should have been much sooner but the second goal finally came after the hour mark as Mooy managed to score, hitting a powerful strike from 25 meters to hit the bottom corner. Four minutes later he had his brace as he hit an almost identical strike to double the lead.
Mooy slacked off a little bit, not completing his hattrick until the 84th minute but it was a simple goal this time. He tapped home a rebound from Jack Clisby’s shot to make it 4-0 for Melbourne City before Fornaroli made it five in stoppage time.