National Youth League - 2011/2012 - Season 4

Victory take its first three points
By Alex Robinson

2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 10
3:00pm, Sunday 7 January, 2012
at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne

Melbourne Victory FC 2
(Luke O'Dea '37, Jean Carlos Solorzano '78')
Newcastle Jets FC 0

Melbourne Victory has managed to take its first three points of the season in a two-nil victory over Newcastle Jets in front of new senior coach Jim Magilton and former care-taker coach Kevin Muscat.

Victory's senior players shone for their youth team, particularly Jean Carlos Solorzano who netted their second goal.

Darren Davies praised his whole team, both young and old, and acknowledged that Magilton's presence had an impact on the team.

"When the first team boss turns up everyone's intensity increases because they want to impress and ultimately get into the first team," said Davies.

Victory had the first chance of the game in the second minute when Matthew Kemp managed a quick throw to Marco Rojas, crossing the ball dangerously into the area but failing to find Solorzano.

In the fourth minute the Jets created their first opportunity with Chris Payne crossing the ball from the right side into the box and finding David Talesvki in space. However Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas managed to block the shot well.

In the 12th minute, Luke O'Dea managed to weave his way into Jet's area beating two but was dispossessed before he could take a shot on goal.

Two minutes later James Jeggo managed to find Solorzano from a corner, however the senior player failed to convert, heading over the net.

In the 23rd minute Rojas managed to beat the defense, getting one on one with Jack Duncun but the Newcastle keeper did well to deflect his shot. Rojas attempted to shoot again but the angle was too tight and he missed to the left side.

Victory began to dominate proceedings and three minutes later Sorlorzano had a powerful shot from outside the box just go over the top right of Newcastle's goal.

It would prove to be a number of opportunities for the Costa Rican in the first half.

In the 34th Solorzano managed to pass the ball across the face of goal towards Rojas, however he was a metre short of connecting with the ball.

Solorzano had another chance in the 36th minute, getting the ball this time on the left side, beating two players and getting into the box but failing to beat Duncun with his shot.

A minute later a blunder in defense by the Jets gave Luke O'Dea the ball just inside the box who finished easily in the bottom right corner, giving Victory a well deserved one-nil lead.

Jet's substitute Kale Bradbery earned a corner early on after taking on the Victory defense and having his shot blocked in the 50th minute inside the area.

Another chance came for the Jets in the 53rd minute with Abe Wheelhouse crossing the ball into the box from a free kick, however it was just too high for his teammates to connect.

Two minutes later Victory had their first chance of the second half with a brilliant one-two between James Jego and Solorzano was just cut short by Duncun on the outside of the box.

Then in the 59th minute Kemp crossed the from the left side finding O'Dea in the box but he headed over the goal.

In the same minute Jets countered hard with James Virgili making Thomas stretch to his full potential from outside the box in order to stop the ball entering the top right corner.

In the 67th minute Solorzano again was involved upfront beating his man and then passing off the ball to James Jego just outside the box. Jego fired a powerful shot towards the bottom left corner but Duncun pulled of an impressive save.

Then in the 78th minute O'Dea played a great ball through the Jets defense to Damir Lokvancic who failed to beat Duncun despite being one on one with the keeper.

In the same minute James Riccobene put another ball through the Jet's defense finding Solorzano who finished truly into the bottom right corner, doubling Victory's lead.

Two minutes later the Jets almost pulled one back when Melvin Becket almost netted an own-goal from a corner, heading it just outside the left post.

The game then fell into a lull before the final whistle secured Victory's first three points.

Victory now travels to Adelaide on Saturday while the Jets take on the Mariners at home on Friday.

2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 11
3:00pm, Sunday 7 January, 2012
at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne

Melbourne Victory FC 2
(Luke O'Dea '37, Jean Carlos Solorzano '78')
Newcastle Jets FC 0

    Crowd: 250


    Melbourne Victory FC :
    Player listing: 1. Lawrence Thomas (gk), 2. Paulo Retre, 3. Adam Nakic, 4. Nicholas Ansell, 5. Matthew Kemp (oa)(15. James Riccobene +62'), 6. Kwabene Boahene, 7. Isaka Cernak (oa)(14. Melvin Becket +46'), 8. James Jeggo (c), 9. Jean Carlos Solorzano (oa), 10. Luke O'Dea, 11. Marco Rojas (17. Damir Lokvancic +46'),

    Substitutes not used: 20. Keegan Coulter (rgk)

    Coach: Darren Davies

    Yellow Cards: Isaka Cernak 36'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Newcastle Jets FC :
    Player listing: 1. Jack Duncan (gk,c), 2. Mason Campbell (14. Blake Green +61'), 3. Mario Simic, 4. David Vrakovic, 5. Andrew Hoole (12. Kale Bradbery +46'), 6. Kyle Ewart, 7. David Talevski (13. Nick Cowburn +46'), 8. Abe Wheelhouse, 9. Chris Payne (oa), 10. Scott Petit, 11. James Virgili

    Substitutes not used: 20. Luke Turnbull (rgk)

    Coach: Arthur Papas

    Yellow Cards: Andrew Hoole 6', Kyle Ewart 36'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Alex Lord 8/10
    Assistants: Patrick Chaplin, Anthony Sides; Fourth Official: Brenton Haywood; Match Commissioner: Phil Diamataris

    BOTN players to watch (pts 3,2,1):
    3. Jean Carlos Solorzano (Melbourne Victory), 2. Luke O'Dea (Melbourne Victory), 1. Kwabene Boahene (Melbourne Victory)

    Game rating: 7/10

    Pitch rating: 7/10

    Match Report and ratings: by Alex Robinson


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