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Van 't Schip lauds first-up Cahill display

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Ben McKay

The first-night reviews for Melbourne City's dream A-League striking partnership are in, and they're glowing.

All-time Socceroos leading goalscorer Tim Cahill and last year's golden boot winner Bruno Fornaroli showed an instant connection in City's 4-1 FFA Cup demolition of Western Sydney on Wednesday night.

On their first outing together, both scored, both assisted, and both looked like they could fire City to a first piece of silverware in the club's history.

Against the Wanderers, Fornaroli played as the advanced striker and Cahill played just behind the Uruguayan.

Cahill was on hand to set up Fornaroli for City's second goal, a simple tap-in after stretching the Wanderers' defence.

But the pair's best combination came just before halftime.

The Australian played a delightful back-of-the-foot flick to release Fornaroli on goal, only for him to be dragged down by Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

The Wanderers captain dismissed, Cahill dispatched an emphatic penalty before celebrating in front of his fans.

City coach John van 't Schip said he was delighted with their showing.

"They can play together, that's very clear," he said.

"They work very hard together. They played some good football together.

"You can clearly see there's a good understanding."

Van 't Schip said Cahill wouldn't be restricted to playing as a No.10 through the season.

"It could be also that he's playing a bit higher up the pitch," he said.

"It depends in what game, what's the score, what moment of the game."

Cahill said the club "wanted to lay down the foundations for the season".

"We aren't here just to show up and play football," Cahill told Fox Sports.

"We're here to physically upset teams first and then afterwards you'll see the football is really nice."

"It's a nice feeling at this club."

Cahill wasn't the only City player enjoying a home debut, with seven others taking the field for the first time in front of their new fans.

Fernando Brandan scored, late signing Nicolas Colazo enjoyed a quarter-hour, while Luke Brattan and Neil Kilkenny put in industrious shifts in midfield.

But the biggest bang came from defender Nicolas Jakobsen, who scored just his second goal in five years within 90 seconds of kick-off with a stunning overhead.

"We thought it was Bruno," van 't Schip laughed.

"For us it's more important that (Jakobsen) was organising and taking care of the defence. He had a good game."

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