Edgeworth FC 1 Melbourne City FC 2
Melbourne City FC 2 (Mooy 35’, 90' + 3)
Melbourne City FC survived a major scare after being forced to come from behind to down part-timers Edgeworth FC 2-1 in a thrilling Westfield FFA Cup encounter.
A stunning double from Aaron Mooy, including a thumping free-kick in the dying stages, proved the difference as City avoided an embarrassing Round of 32 exit.
John van ’t Schip’s side started brightly but spurned a series of opportunities in the opening 20 minutes as the Eagles’ defence held firm.
And it was the hosts who took a shock lead on 26 minutes with Bren Hammel netting from the penalty spot after City captain Patrick Kisnorbo gave away a clumsy foul inside the box.
City hit back less than 10 minutes later with Aaron Mooy smashing a stunning free kick from 25 minutes which left Eagles keeper Ben Smith rooted to the spot.
The hosts grew in confidence in the second half and appeared to rattle their Hyundai A-League opposition with their speed and directness in the front third.
But a clumsy foul on the edge of the box deep into stoppage time proved costly for the Eagles, with Mooy hitting home a rasping drive to steal the win for the visitors.