Novillo helps City edge seesawing thriller

Harry Novillo has netted a double including a late strike to guide Melbourne City to a memorable 3-2 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

In a match that pitted two of the competition's heavyweights together City took an early lead courtesy of a delightful free-kick from their French striker.

Marquee Bruno Fornaroli doubled his side’s advantage midway through the first-half with an equally sublime strike, curling the ball into the far top corner from the edge of the box.

The Wanderers got themselves back in the match just five minutes later when Thomas Sorensen misjudged a long-range strike from Mitch Nichols that went right through the keeper who had an otherwise outstanding match.

The scores were level on the hour mark when City again gifted Western Sydney a goal, this time central defender Aaron Hughes deflecting a Dario Vidosic cross into his own net.

Western Sydney looked like they’d completed a remarkable comeback when a quickly taken free-kick ended up in the back of the net but referee Jarred Gillett called the play back.

Instead it was City that found a late winner when Aaron Mooy picked out Novillo with a crisp pass and the 23-year-old created space for himself at the top of the box before lashing the ball past Andrew Redmayne .

The result lifted City to within one win of the Wanderers, who remain joint top of the ladder, with Brisbane having the chance to grab the outright lead when they play the Phoenix on Sunday.