Fornaroli double strikes down Adelaide

Bruno Fornaroli scored a second-half double as Melbourne City piled more pressure on the struggling Adelaide United with a 4-2 win on Thursday night.

The Uruguayan striker scored City's third and fourth goals to kill off the hapless United.

Erik Paartalu gave City the lead inside the first eight minutes in his return to the squad after a two week absence. 

Marquee man Aaron Mooy doubled the away side's advantage with a blistering strike on 35 minutes.

City gave away a 2-0 lead last week against the Newcastle Jets but Fornaroli's delightful chip ten minutes into the second-half eased any nerves.

United had a great spell shortly afterwards and managed to pull a goal back thanks to a great curling effort from Sergio Cirio, but Fornaroli struck again five minutes later to kill off the contest.

Harry Novillo hit the post late on with a ferocious free-kick in his return from injury but the slighest of touches ftom John Hall denied the 23-year-old.

Adelaide pulled another goal back with Pablo Sanchez converting a spot-kick on 85 minutes but City held on for the three points.

The win see's City move up to fifth and level on points with local rivals Melbourne Victory, while Adelaide remain winless at the bottom of the table.