City's Youth team saw out a comfortable 4-1 win in Brisbane last night. 📷 ASHLEY PEREZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Late stunner seals City Youth win

Melbourne City’s Youth side celebrated Christmas early last night with a thumping 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar at A. J. Kelly Field.

Goals from Gerrie Sylaidos and Daniel Arzani gave City an unassailable lead before Joey Katebian got one back for Brisbane but it was Lucas Portelli’s late stunner that put the icing on the cake for Melbourne as they returned to the top of the table in Conference A.

While the rest of the competition took a break over the holidays, City and Brisbane played out a rescheduled game following the postponement of their round 4 clash earlier this month.

Gerrie Sylaidos gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute after receiving the ball on the left side before cutting in and unleashing a fine strike to beat goalkeeper Tomislav Bilic.

Daniel Arzani starred for Melbourne, scoring goals either side of half-time. His first came after a long run down the pitch before dispatching  the ball into the far corner.

His second, two minutes into the second half came after twisting and turning in the box before blasting a shot high inside the near post.

Former Melbourne Victory striker Joey Katebian is still looking to push through into Brisbane’s senior squad and had a number of good opportunities to make an impression and get on the score sheet for his side.

Though largely a consolation goal in terms of the result, Katebian’s breakthrough finally came in the 85th minute after latching onto a through ball and finishing with aplomb.

It was 16-year-old Lucas Portelli who stole the show late however. Replacing Luke Gallo as a last minute substitute, the teenager made the most of his five minute debut with a sensational goal.

Putting pressure on the Brisbane defense, Portelli won the ball and spotting Bilic off his line, attempted an audacious chip from 40 metres which sailed over the goalkeeper and under the crossbar.

Melbourne and Brisbane will face each other next round in the new year, as City host Roar at C. B. Smith Reserve on Monday, January 2.

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