National Youth League - 2011/2012 - Season 4

Victory defeat Perth Glory in last game
By Alex Robinson

2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 18
11:00am, Sunday 4 March, 2012
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne

Melbourne Victory FC 1
(Luke O'Dea 32')
Perth Glory FC 0

Melbourne Victory has beaten Perth Glory one-nil today at Kingston Heath. In an impressive show of form in their last game of the season, Victory managed to withhold Glory's pressure in a game that saw seven yellow cards.

The first real opportunity of the game came to Glory in the sixth minute. Scott Neville received the ball outside the box and worked a one-two with Tommy Amphrett before his shot missed to the near side. Then in the 17th minute Bryan Hudson found the ball inside Victory's box but failed to find teammate Riley Woodcock at the far post.

Another chance for Glory in the 22nd minute after captain Sam Mitchinson found Adam Taggart in the box. Only a fantastic save by Tando Velaphi denied Perth an opener.

Victory had their first decent opportunity in the 27th minute when Danny Allsopp passed a through ball to Luke O'Dea in the box. However he failed to beat Lewis Italiano in goals.

In the same minute Diego Ferreira took a shot from outside the box. Despite the power it went straight into Italiano's gloves.

Victory continued to mount pressure with Hernan Espindola worked the ball into the box. He found Paul Retre who managed to get off a shot however it failed to beat Italiano.

Then in the 31st minute, Luke O'Dea managed to beat his man and drive the ball to the outside of the box. His shot was competent but again Italiano had it covered.

O'Dea would again be involved, with Victory's opening goal coming in the 32nd minute. A great free-kick by Damir Lokvancic found O'Dea who headed the ball clinically into the bottom right corner.

In the 44th minute Sam Mitchinson had an ambitious shot from outside the box. However it went well over the crossbar.

The first chance of the second half went to Mitchinson who shot from the edge of the box. Despite being low and to the corner it failed to beat Velaphi in goals.

In the 50th minute Victory had an opportunity when Riccobene crossed the ball into the box, but despite confusion by the Glory defence both O'Dea and Espindola failed to trouble Italiano.

In the 65th minute substitute Luc Jeggo won the ball in space and crossed it from the right side of the box superbly. However Danny Allsopp could not manage to get his foot on the ball.

In the 69th minute Ndumba Makeche managed to beat his two markers and work his way into the box, however his pass was intercepted before it could do any harm.

Then in the 75th minute Allsopp had another chance after Luc Jeggos hard work gave him the ball inside the box, however his shot was deflected and easily saved by Italiano.

During a short break in play Victory Coach Darren Davies gathered his team together imploring them to tighten their formation and maintain pressure, especially in the backline.

But minutes later Victory's defence still looked vulnerable as Jesse Makarounas found himself open at the top of the box in the 79th, yet he failed to finish.

In the 84th minute Allsopp had yet another chance, this time after Luc Jeggo's corner into a crowded box found his head. But as he did all day, Italianio was there to make the save.

Glory had a late chance in the 89th to equalize as Makeche worked his way inside Victory's box, beating a player and managing to shoot. But Valephi was well positioned and easily caught the ball against his chest.

Just a minute later another threat to Victory as Todd Hawarth crossed the ball to Taggart, the ball snuck behind Victory's defence but Taggart failed shoot.

This would prove to be the last chance of the game giving Victory the perfect finish to a challenging yet educational season.

2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 17
11:00am, Sunday 4 March, 2012
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne

Melbourne Victory FC 1
(Luke O'Dea 32')
Perth Glory FC 0

    Crowd: tba


    Melbourne Victory FC :
    Player listing: 1. Tando Velaphi, 2. Nicholas Ansell (17. Daniel Chaabani '59), 3. Rodrigo Vargas (OA), 4. Adam Nakic, 5. James Riccobene, 6. Damir Lokvancic, 7. Danny Allsopp (OA), 8. Diago Ferreira (OA), 9. Luke O'Dea, 10. Paul Retre (15. Jake Nakic 59'), 11. Hernan Espindola (14. Luc Jeggo '59)

    Substitutes not used: 17. Daniel Chaabani, 20. Marko Stevanja (rgk)

    Coach: Darren Davies

    Yellow Cards: Paul Retre '34, Danny Allsopp '56, Damir Lokvancic '66, Tando Velaphi '86'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Perth Glory FC :
    Player listing: 1. Lewis Italiano (GK), 2. Sam Mitchinson (c), 5. Riley Woodcock (7. Ndumba Makeche 59'), 6. Jacob Collard, 11. Adam Taggart, 14. Scott Neville (OA) (9. Storm Roux 59'), 15. Bryan Hudson (10. Jesse Makarounas 45'), 17. Josh Mitchell (OA), 18. Todd Howarth (OA), 19. Tommy Amphrett (OA)

    Substitutes not used: 16. Devon Spence (rgk)

    Coach: Gareth Naven

    Yellow Cards: Adam Taggart 53', Todd Howarth 64', Josh Mitchell 88'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Brenton Hayward 6/10
    Assistants: Patrick Chaplin, Lance Williams; Fourth Official: Greg Gontscharow
    Match Commissioner: Phil Diamataris

    BOTN players to watch (pts 3,2,1): 3. Adam Nakic (Melbourne Victory), 2. James Riccobene (Melbourne Victory), 1. Luke O'Dea (Melbourne Victory)

    Game rating: 8/10

    Pitch rating: 7/10

    Match Report and ratings: by Alex Robinson

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