Jamie Maclaren maintained his magnificent form by scoring a first-half double as in-form Melbourne City beat Macarthur FC 3-0 to go second in the A-League table.
Maclaren took his tally to 10 goals in his last eight games as City extended their winning streak to four matches at AAMI Park on Friday.
The clinical Maclaren headed home Nathaniel Atkinson’s cross to open the scoring after 23 minutes and finished at the second attempt when Macarthur were opened up again just two minutes later.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s ruthless side were three goals to the good 10 minutes before half-time, when Craig Noone was played in by Andrew Nabbout and cut inside superbly before drilling home.
Victory for City moved them above their opponents, who have lost three of their last four games, in the table – six points behind leaders Central Coast Mariners with a game in hand.