Melbourne City finds itself in its fourth FFA Cup Round of 16 tie as they take on Newcastle at AAMI Park on Wednesday 29 August. Having never faulted at this stage of the competition, Warren Joyce’s side will look to continue the trend as we look back at some of our past encounters in the last 16.
2017 - Hakoah Sydney City 2-3 Melbourne City
Touted as the battle of the Bouzanis’ with Dean in the City goal and his younger brother Anthony in the Hakoah goal, the keepers were in the thick of the action from the get-go with three goals in the opening 15 minutes.
City took the lead through Michael Jakobsen but were pegged back two minutes later as Andre de Jong found the back of the net for the member federation side.
City re-took the lead in just as many minutes as Nick Fitzgerald made the most of his opportunity in front of goal to make it 2-1.
Youngster Denis Genreau looked to put the game beyond reach of Hakoah after 62 minutes but the New South Welshmen found their consolation in the final minute of the match through Jack Green.
Despite the win, a dark cloud hovered over the match with Bruno Fornaroli sustaining an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for over half the season.
2016: Brisbane Strikers 1- 2 Melbourne City
2016’s Round of 16 clash was a landmark match for Tim Cahill as he made his first domestic appearance in over 10 years.
It was Brisbane though who looked to steal the headlines, opening the scoring after 34 minutes is Greg Henslee sent Perry Park into raptures.
City’s reply was swift as Bruno Fornaroli netted his first penalty of the night while his second proved to be the winner in what was arguably City’s tightest contest of their cup-winning run.
2015: Melbourne City 5-1 Wellington Phoenix
The hosts jumped out of the blocks in the first half as the star trio of Harry Novillo, Aaron Mooy and Bruno Fornaroli found the back of the net in the first 30 minutes – Fornaroli’s first goal in City colours.
Roy Krishna hit back for the Nix before the interval however the match was put beyond doubt before half time as Robi Koren added to the scoreline.
Wade Dekker added City’s fifth in the second half as the side cruised into the Quarter Finals of the competition.