Floreat Athena 1 Melbourne City 2
Floreat Athena 1
Melbourne City 2
Fitzgerald (32’) Caceres (65’)
Melbourne City survived a major scare from PS4 NPL WA club Floreat Athena to emerge 2-1 winners in their Westfield FFA Cup clash at Dorrien Gardens.
Not surprisingly City dominated the early exchanges with Luke Brattan and Osama Malik both going close in the opening minutes.
Those two were involved again as Brattan’s delivery found the head of Malik only for a spectacular flying save from keeper Jason Saldaris keeping things level.
But just four minutes later City had their breakthrough as Fitzgerald cut in from the left and hit a powerful low shot which squirmed past an unsighted Saldaris at the near post.
Brattan was having a stormer of a game in his competitive debut for City and another of his deadly free-kicks looked destined for the back of the net only for another super save from the home side’s excellent gloveman.
And it proved a big save as just a few minutes later Floreat were in raptures as they drew level through Kris Gate
An excellent ball over the top by Lewis McMahon released Gate who held off Connor Chapman before poking it past Thomas Sorensen.
City responded in superb fashion six minutes later with Anthony Caceres rifling home an unstoppable effort from 30 metres out into the top corner.
Both sides had chances to score in a frantic finale but City held on to avoid a Cup boilover and move into the last 16.
Preview: Floreat Athena v Melbourne City FC
Floreat Athena v Melbourne City FC Tuesday 2 August 2016 Dorrien Gardens, West Perth (WA) Kick-off: 6.30pm local (8:30pm AEST) Referee: Adam Fielding Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Southern Fourth Official: Tom Dowle Tickets: Click here f