Melbourne City captain Ritchie de Laet and youngster Riley McGree scored wonderful goals in a resounding 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar.

Warren Joyce's men dominated much of the contest at AAMI Park and, after Florin Berenguer woefully sliced a presentable opening, the French midfielder crossed for Rostyn Griffiths to head the opener.

City are now a point and a place shy of fourth-placed Wellington Phoenix but they were pegged back in comical circumstances in the 54th minute when Harrison Delbridge headed Eric Bautheac's hopeful long ball into his own net.

Tottenham loanee Shayon Harrison restored the hosts' advantage five minutes later and right-back De Laet brought the house down by roving into midfield to smash into the top corner from long range.

Substitute McGree arguably bettered his skipper's strike in stoppage time, twisting into space before launching a delicate chip over goalkeeper Jamie Young from a tight angle – compounding a miserable outing for second-bottom Brisbane.

Ritchie de Laet's deployment as an emergency striker paid off for Melbourne City on Friday as his well-taken goal earned a 1-0 A-League win over Brisbane Roar.

City boss Warren Joyce is working with limited forward options as regular starter Bruno Fornaroli continues to be left out in the cold following a reported row with the head coach.

Rumours this week suggested City and Perth Glory could agree a swap deal involving Fornaroli and Andy Keogh but the temporary solution of selecting right-back De Laet as a lone frontman paid dividends at AAMI Park against the beleaguered Roar.

After visiting goalkeeper Jamie Young had twice denied Lachlan Wales in the first half and then superbly tipped over Scott Jamieson's curling effort early in the second, De Laet struck in the 52nd minute.

Rostyn Griffiths delivered a cross from the right and De Laet showed the finishing touch of a seasoned forward to sweep home first time beyond Young for his second goal in three games.

Roar piled on the pressure in the closing stages - Nicholas D'Agostino forcing a fine stop from Eugene Galekovic before Eric Bautheac blazed the rebound wide four minutes from time - but an inability to find an equaliser meant Brisbane's sorry run stands at just one point taken from eight games.

City, meanwhile, have won four and drawn one of their past five outings to move level with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC in a three-way tie for second, six points adrift of leaders Perth.

Melbourne City had a helping hand from the VAR as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Wellington Phoenix on Friday.

Keisuke Honda experienced a bittersweet start to life in the A-League as Melbourne Victory let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Melbourne City on Saturday. 

Aston Villa defender Ritchie De Laet joined A-League club Melbourne City on a season-long loan. 

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