City too good for St George

BLACKTOWN City FC recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over a stuttering St George FC outfit thanks to a goal in each half of their National Premier League match.

The home side will be slightly disappointed they didn't trouble the scorers further with the amount of chances they created on a cold afternoon at Lilys Football Centre.

Blacktown signalled their intentions early in the contest when a ball by Ryuji Miyazawa just failed to find City's newest signing Mitchell Mallia, who wasn't able to get a clean sight of goal and play broke down.

St George did manage to carve open their own chances.

First, Aman Hadid blazed one over the bar from close range.

St George's next two chances went to David Talevski who hit a weak shot right at Nenad Vekic in the 12th minute and then missed after good interplay near the Blacktown City box found him one-on-one with the keeper.

But the ball sailed wide without Vekic's intervention.

Blacktown City dominated the rest of the first period, camped in the St George half.

Travis Major provided the ball that Mitchell Mallia tapped home in the 26th minute.

Japanese playmaker Miyazawa ran the midfield as he pinged passes for his forwards that on another day would have produced four of five goals.

Matthew Lewis and Major would combine for the final chance of the first half for Blacktown City.

Lewis worked diligently to keep the ball in before finding Major who turned and shot over the bar in the 35th minute.

Marco Travaglini replaced Jacob Poscoliero at the break and almost created an immediate impact for the home side. Ultimately, though, it was Blacktown City FC who found the killer second goal just inside second half stoppage time.

Miyazawa, who masterminded the home side's dominant performance, was the man on the spot as Major squared it for him to tap in past St George keeper Dion Shaw.

The win for Blacktown City FC keeps them on the tail of ladder-leading neighbours Blacktown Spartans, who are now only two points ahead.

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