Melbourne City have kept pace with the top two with their 1-0 victory over the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park. Ross McCormack scored the game’s only goal in the 59th minute, his first in open play in City colours, and his first in open play since Boxing Day, 2016. That wasn’t the only piece of history that came with the goal, the Scotsman’s seventh strike of the season was the club’s 300th in the A-League and to celebrate let’s take a look at who has contributed the most to the triple century.
A pinpoint ball, brilliant combination, stunning first touch and a silky finish. ‘Ross the Boss’ adds another to his list in the A-League! 👏👏 #MCYvCCM
— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) 10 December 2017
With Ross McCormack’s goal, @MelbourneCity has now scored 300 @ALeague goals in what is their 208th match! City are now the fourth fastest team to score 300 goals behind only Victory, Brisbane and Central Coast! #MCYvCCM
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) December 10, 2017
John Aloisi, Harry Kewell, and Tim Cahill, three of Australia’s greatest ever goal scorers all played for Melbourne City at one point in time, but none of them have scored more than 11 goals. French-born, Martinican international Harry Novillo did, netting 12 times in his 31-game stint at the club. The winger scored three braces the 2015-16 season, against the Mariners, Wellington Phoenix, and Western Sydney Wanderers. City only lost once when Novillo found the back of the net.
Not the most prolific attacker in A-League history, Mate Dugandzic was a key player in Melbourne’s early years after joining from Melbourne’s other club. Dugandzic, who played 18 matches in Adelaide United’s championship winning season, scored seven goals in the 2011-12 season including two on debut in a 3-2 loss to Newcastle, however the goals dried up and he only scored six more in his next 52 matches.
Before Aaron Mooy was scoring against Manchester United, he was terrorising (Huddersfield pun unintended but appreciated) A-League goalkeepers with his thunderous shots at goal. Mooy scored 18 goals in 53 matches after signing from the Wanderers in 2014. Eight of those 18 came against Newcastle and Perth.
David Williams might not get much recognition but before the days of Cahill, McCormack, and a certain Uruguayan, it was the former Brisbane and North Queensland striker leading the line at the club. Williams scored 21 times in 101 appearances which isn’t the best return but he scored a career best 12 in the 2013-14 season including a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Wellington. Williams left the club in January 2016 and now plies his trade in Hungary.
No prizes for guessing Bruno Fornaroli is Melbourne City’s leading goal scorer. It’s also not a surprise he has doubled Williams’ tally in approximately half the time. El Tuna was unknown before the 2015-16 campaign, but after 25 goals in 29 matches he finished the season as the best striker we’ve seen since Besart Berisha, maybe even better. The former captain is currently out with an ankle injury but you can guarantee he will extend his tally once his returns to the field.
— The Football Sack (@TheFootballSack) 10 December 2017