Cahill marks debut with stunning goal in A-League derby

SYDNEY (AP) " Tim Cahill marked his A-League debut with a spectacular long-range goal as Melbourne City beat the Melbourne Victory 4-1 Saturday to continue its winning start.

Cahill, the former Everton forward who is playing in Australian football's domestic competition for the first time in 20 years, lived up to his star billing with his goal in the Melbourne derby in the 27th minute.

In front of 40,000 fans, Cahill struck a sweet half-volley from 40 meters which caught out Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas and sailed into the top corner of the net.

City coach John van't Schip said Cahill "couldn't want a better start" to his A-League career and "showed that he's a great player."

Bruno Fornaroli doubled City's lead four minutes after Cahill's goal when he met Nicolas Colazo's cross to the far post and headed the ball home.

Luke Brattan combined with Bruce Kamau for the third goal just after the re-start. Although Marco Rojas pulled one back for the Victory, City was relentless and scored almost immediately through Fernando Brandan.

City opened its A-League season last week with a 1-0 win over Wellington and Saturday's decisive victory meant it kept pace atop the table with Sydney FC, which followed its 4-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers with a 4-0 win over Central Coast.

Filip Holosko scored twice as Sydney took up where it left off last weekend.

Holosko lifted his tally to three goals from two games. He opened the scoring in the 18th minute before Bobo added a second in the 39th. After the break, Bobo was dragged down by young Mariners defender Jake McGing in the 65th and Holosko completed his brace from the spot. Alex Brosque ended the scoring five minutes later.

Western Sydney bounced back from last weekend's derby mauling by Sydney with a 2-1 win over defending champion Adelaide.

Brendon Santalab scored twice in the second half as Western Sydney overcame Henrique's early goal for Adelaide in a replay of last year's grand final.

"To do it against the champions away from home gives us real satisfaction," Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said. "The players were brave in that second half and it was great to get the win."

Adelaide remains winless this season after its first-round draw with Newcastle.

"In the second half at 1-0 we had the control," Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor said. "This time it looked more like (it would be) 2-0 than 1-1, but it didn't arrive and they scored."

Newcastle plays Brisbane and Perth hosts Wellington on Sunday.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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