Hyundai A-League - 2011/2012 - Season 8

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Victory performance convincing
in win over Phoenix
By Zee Ko

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 5
7:30pm, Monday 05 November, 2012
at Docklands Stadium

Melbourne Victory FC 3
(Marco Rojas 23',48 ', Marcos Flores 38')
Wellington Phoenix FC 2
(Jeremy Brockie 81', 90'+2)

Melbourne Victory have sounded a warning ahead of their crunch fixture against Sydney FC at ANZ stadium next week, convincingly beating Wellington Phoenix despite the narrow 3-2 score line.

Two goals from Marco Rojas and a first club goal from Marcos Flores handed Victory only their second win of the season, despite Jeremy Brockie's late brace.

Wellington had made the one change, recalling Michael Boxall to replace the suspended Ben Sigmund, while Melbourne opted for two tactical switches.

Diogo Ferreira was called up for the first time this season, joining the returning Gui Finkler, while Jonathan Bru was dropped to the bench and Leigh Broxham missed completely.

The hosts had the better of the early going, with Archie Thompson spurning an early chance in only the 9th minute after being released by the lively Marco Rojas.

Thompson skipped past the last defender and on goal, but his attempted chip over Phoenix goalkeeper Mark Paston bounced just wide of the left post.

Stein Huysegems wasted a gilt-edged chance at the other end as he narrowly missed connecting with a delicious ball that Louis Fenton had whipped into the box, instead colliding with Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe.

The breakthrough duly came in the 24th minute though, as Thompson's pace saw him latch on to a perfect Finkler pass and into the box, flicking a diagonal pass beyond the onrushing goalkeeper for Marco Rojas to sidefoot into an empty net.

It was just reward for Thompson and birthday boy Rojas, as the two seemed to have struck up a good understanding so far in this game.

Wellington were struggling to cope with the pace of the Victory attack by now, as a moment of magic from Gui Finkler and Marcos Flores saw the home team double their advantage in the 38th minute.

The Phoenix defenders would have had some explaining to do at halftime as they allowed the Victory pair to play four passes between themselves in the penalty area before Flores curled the ball into the bottom left corner of the net with the outside of his right foot.

It was the Argentinian playmaker's first ever goal for his new team, and a potent reminder of his ability despite an anonymous opening half hour that saw him give up possession all too easily and over hit passes.

Victory started the second term as they did the first, with Mark Milligan's defence splitting through ball finding Thompson and Rojas sprinting onto yet another diagonal pass to finish with aplomb for the team's third.

The fans were in fine voice at this point, as the Melbourne Victory swagger of old seemed to have returned once again on the field of play.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert had obviously decided to shake things up as he brought on Benjamin Totori and Tyler Boyd for Husygems and the mercurial Paul Ifill, but the changes did not have much effect as Melbourne continued to stroke the ball around imperiously.

Nathan Coe had to be alert though as he was on hand to tip a Michael Boxall header over the bar from point-blank range in the 74th minute.

The two Victory goal scorers were withdrawn at this point, as Jonathan Bru and Andrew Nabbout came on for the last 25 minutes.

But if Victory thought they were safe to rest on their laurels, they were sorely mistaken as Jeremy Brockie scored a sumptuous consolation, his 20-yard thunderbolt crashing off the underside of the bar and into goal to momentarily silence the crowd.

There was still time for controversy two minutes into injury time as Jeremy Brockie's free kick was parried out by Coe, only for the referee to rule that it had gone over the line for Wellington's second goal.

It was too little too late for Wellington though, as the home side held out for all three points.

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 5
7:30pm, Monday 05 November, 2012
at Docklands Stadium

Melbourne Victory FC 3
(Marco Rojas 23',48 ', Marcos Flores 38')
Wellington Phoenix FC 2
(Jeremy Brockie 81', 90'+2)

    Crowd: 20,683


    Melbourne Victory FC :
    Player listing:
    39 Nathan Coe (gk), 3 Adama Traore, 4 Petar Franjic, 5 Mark Milligan, 7 Guilherme Finkler (17 James Jeggo +59'), 9 Marcos Flores (8 Jonathan Bru +75'), 10 Archie Thompson, 11 Marco Rojas (26 Andrew Nabbout +75'), 13 Diogo Ferreira, 14 Billy Celeski, 23 Adrian Leijer (c)

    Substitutes not used: 1 Tando Velaphi (rgk)

    Coach: Ange Postecoglou

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards:Nil

    Wellington Phoenix FC :
    Player listing:
    1 Mark Paston (gk), 2 Emmanuel Muscat, 3 Tony Lochhead, 5 Michael Boxall, 6 Alexander Smith, 7 Leo Bertos, 8 Paul Ifill (12 Tyler Boyd +56'), 10 Stein Huysgems (9 Benjamin Totori +56'), 11 Jeremy Brockie, 16 Louis Fenton (17 Vince Lia +65'), 22 Andrew Durante (c)

    Substitutes not used: (rgk)

    Coach: Ricki Herbert

    Yellow Cards: Michael Boxall 12'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Shaun Evans 7/10
    Assistant Ref 1: Hakan Anaz, Assistant Ref 2: Jonathan Barreiro; Fourth official: Alex Azcurra

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Marco Rojas (MV)
    2. Jeremy Brockie (WP)
    1. Guilherme Finkler (MV)

    Pitch rating: 10/10

    Game rating: 9/10

    Match Report and ratings: By Zee Ko

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