Easy win for Victory
by Tomasz Ng:
National Youth League 2013/14, Round 4
3:00pm, Sunday 17 November, 2013
Lakeside Stadium, South Melbourne
Melbourne Victory FC 4
(Jeggo 40’ 56’, Nabbout 71’, Stella 80’)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1
Melbourne Victory continued their fine start to the season by comprehensively beating Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 at Lakeside stadium.
A brace to Jimmy Jeggo, and a goal each to Nabbout and Stella was enough for the home side, while Lawrence Hanna scored a consolation for the visitors.
Victory begun the match on the front foot, pinning Western Sydney into their own half for much of the first half.
It took just four minutes for them to find an opening, as Andrew Nabbout played in Jesse Makarounas with a neat header, but the forward could only skew his shot wide.
Gui Finkler than came into the contest, combined well with Nabbout to play in Makarounas again, but it yielded the same result.
Finkler and Makarounas were seeing plenty of the ball, but the Brazilian’s downfall was his lack of urgency to shoot at goal, passing up a couple of shooting chances instead laying off to teammates.
Nabbout has been on fire in the youth league so far this season, and almost scored another goal had it not been for the outstretched hand of Blake Tuxford in the Wanderers goal.
Western Sydney Wanderers did have a chance of their own on 27 minutes though, as Alusine Fofanah failed to punish a mistake by James Karvelis.
Martin Lo had done some good work on the left flank, combining with Nicholas Olsen, who swung in a cross which Ridesic mis-read and headed straight into Fofanah’s path.
Victory remained in control of the contest however and scored five minutes before the break.
A poorly cleared corner fell to Jimmy Jeggo who was waiting on the edge of the box, and the midfielder simply finished it on the half volley.
Right before half time they had a chance to go further ahead, but after being played through by Makarounas, Gui Finkler’s feeble chip attempt was saved by Tuxford.
A sway of substitutions from Western Sydney greeted the second half, which was still dominated early by Victory. They soon doubled their lead on 56 minutes, as a well worked move was finished off by Jimmy Jeggo.
The away side then scored against the run of play through Lawrence Hanna in the 61st minute.
It was a good cross from Martin Lo who had looked lively in the game.
Victory then had a chance to respond, after another good move, Nabbout passed up the chance to shoot to tee up Stella, but he only succeeded in hitting his shot straight at the keeper.
Stella then had another chance in the 67th minute, but he couldn’t find the angle after Galloway’s deep cross.
The game was now beginning to open up with both teams having chances to score. Jaushua Sotirio came close with a shot from range, but it was Victory who scored another goal.
Jimmy Jeggo played in Nabbout who made the Wanderers pay for a high defensive line as he simply waltzed into the box and made it six goals in four games so far this season.
Francesco Stella then finally got his name on the scoresheet in the 80th minute, as he headed in a corner from Christopher Cristaldo.
It was a deserved result for the home side, who in the end could have scored more goals.
Melbourne Victory: 1. Keegan Coulter [GK], 3. Milos Ridesic, 4. Nicholas Ansell (2. James Karvelis +15’), 5. Dylan Murnane, 6. James Jeggo, 8. Luc Jeggo (c)(7. Christopher Cristaldo +62’), 9. Jesse Makarounas, 11. Gui Finkler (10. John Buceto +62’), 13. Andrew Nabbout, 16. Scott Galloway, 18. Francesco Stella
Unused Substitutes: 20. Gian Tapia [GK]
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. Blake Tuxford [GK], 2. Lawrence Hanna 3. Brendan Hooper, 4. James Baldacchino (14. Joshua Sotirio +46’), 5. Sean Symons, 6. Daniel Alessi (13. Mark Cindric +46’), 7. Matthew Stewart (10.Yianni Perkatis +46’), 8. Jack McGing, 9. Alusine Fofanah, 11. Nicholas Olsen, 15. Martin Lo
Unused Substitutes: 1. Thomas Manos [GK]
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Greg Gontscharow
Assistants: Ben Schepers, Jordan English, Patrick Chaplin
Pitch Rating: 9/10
Game Rating: 8/10
Ones to watch: Andrew Nabbout, Jimmy Jeggo (MVFC), Martin Lo, Alusine Fofanah (WSW)
By Tomasz Ng