04/03/2024

City pair Stefan Colakovski and Marco Tilio celebrate against Macarthur. (Photo: a-league.com.au)

Melbourne City youngsters Stefan Colakovski and Marco Tilio were instrumental in City's 2-0 win over Macarthur yesterday.

Patrick Kisnorbo and his Melbourne City side were up against it yesterday. Away from home and with a host of injuries, Stefan Colakovski and Marco Tilio took centre stage as City progressed.

That neutral venue was more a Macarthur home game, which left City fans feeling hard done by.

Add to that, in the pre-game warm-up, Kisnorbo lost another ace in Craig Noone, with Jamie Maclaren, Curtis Good, and Connor Metcalfe already missing. Now add their top assist getting player for the year was out too.

After a relatively even first half in which City dominated possession without threatening Adam Federici in Macarthur’s goal, the second half was complete domination. Youngsters Stefan Colakovski and Marco Tilio went to work and booked City’s ticket into the grand final.

Two goals in 60 seconds from Colakovski and Tilio tore Macarthur apart. It was a super impressive display from Kisnorbo’s depleted side.

The pair spoke to FOX Sports’ Adam Peacock and Mark Bosnich post-game about their performance.

“It was very good,” Colakovski said.

“At half time we went in and controlled the game in the first half. The second half we did the same thing and that’s how we scored the two goals.”

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The win now sets up back-to-back grand finals for both Sydney FC and Melbourne City. The match will hold a special significance for Tilio. who swapped the harbour city for Melbourne at the end of last season.

“I just thought it was a better step in my career,” Tilio said.

“Sydney have been great to me, it’s nothing against them. It’s just more opportunities as a young player and just to get an opportunity to play, and it’s showing this season and it has shown so far.”

Colakovski has been with City from the outset of his professional career. It is clear that his greatest motivation is to win the grand final to cap off a good few weeks for the youngster.

“I have been here since I was 15. So I know some of these guys for five, six years before I even hit puberty,” Colakovski said.

“I have known these guys for ages. The club obviously means a lot. It would mean nothing more than to win the grand final next week, so that’s all we are going to set out to do.”

City will be hoping to make amends for last year’s 1-0 loss to Sydney last year when they lock horns on Saturday night.

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