Cahill dedicates win to JVS

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The Socceroos forward paid tribute to Melbourne City's former coach whose father died on Thursday

Melbourne City striker Tim Cahill dedicated Thursday night's 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners to the late father of former coach John van 't Schip.

An electric Cahill recorded his second brace for City in the 2-1 victory over Central Coast at AAMI Park, scoring both goals before half-time.

The City players wore black armbands after it was revealed Van 't Schip's father had died on Thursday.

Cahill wrote on Twitter: "Was great to win for our old manager."

The Dutchman resigned his City post a few weeks ago to be with his father in the Netherlands.



Interim City coach Michael Valkanis said after the game the result was reward for another enterprising display by his team.

"I mentioned it last week, we're definitely playing very well. We're getting into the box many times and today we had many clear cut opportunities to score," he said.

"At the end of the day, I think would be a problem if we weren't getting into the box and weren't scoring goals.

"In the future, something is going to click and someone will cop a battering, because the team is playing very well. 

"They played well tonight and regardless if it's 10 men or 11 men [on the other side], the boys played the style we want to play, created many goal-scoring opportunities and as I said, only one man stood in the way, and that was [Mariners goalkeeper] Paul Izzo."

Cahill's double takes his season tally to seven goals, moving him to within four of team-mate Bruno Fornaroli (11). 

"Sometimes you'll see him [Cahill] dropping deep, he does that for a reason because he'll slow down the game when you need to take control," said Valkanis.

"He's an outstanding leader on the park and I think he had a very good game."

Valkanis added: "Part of the win today will be for John [van 't Schip]. We're here for him and he knows we're here for him."

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City sit in third spot with 26 points, six points behind second-placed Melbourne Victory ahead of the remaining four fixtures of Round 16. 



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