Victory cruise past AIS

By Tomasz Ng

 National Youth League 2013/14 Season, Round 2

2:30pm – Saturday 19 October, 2013 – Lakeside Stadium, South Melbourne



Melbourne Victory FC 4

(James Jeggo 5′, Andrew Nabbout 28′ 58′, Anthony Duzel 75′)


Australian Institute of Sport FC 1

(Darcy Madden 78′)

 Andrew Nabbout sent another reminder of his explosive qualities to senior coach Kevin Muscat, as he scored his second brace in two weeks to help Melbourne Victory Youth to a comprehensive 4-1 win over the Australian Institute of Sport.

Victory hardly had to get out of first gear as Jimmy Jeggo and Anthony Duzel scored either side of Nabbout’s well taken brace.

The AIS did have spells of pressure throughout the match, but they only managed a late consolation through Darcy Madden with Victory’s three points all but secured.

Melbourne Victory started the match well, and only took five minutes to get on the scoresheet through a well executed switch of play.

Luc Jeggo started the move as he brought the ball out of Victory’s half, and played a raking cross-field pass to Andrew Nabbout, who simply slotted a through ball for Jimmy Jeggo to finish past a helpless Thurtell.

The AIS reacted well to the early setback, as they set about grabbing an equaliser.

Their midfield was getting a bit more influence on the game, as Victory’s new look midfield pairing of John Buceto and Jesse Makarounas struggled to settle into the clash.

As a result, the AIS themselves had the run of play, winning a number of free kicks on the edge of the area which tested but could not beat the Victory defence.

It wasn’t until Victory won a free kick on 25 minutes did the home side catch a break.

Jesse Makarounas fired a top spinning effort from the free kick which gravitated towards the goal but it dipped too early and Jordan Thurtell made a regulation save.

A couple of minutes later, Victory pieced together another move that they have become well known for.

Christopher Cristaldo dropped into the midfield, and cleverly turned his man to slot a pass wide to Anthony Proia, who played in a wild cross.

Andrew Nabbout managed to get his foot on the ball to control it, and made the most out of a bad situation to hammer the ball past Thurtell on the half turn.

The AIS were now back in real trouble and also had a penalty shout turned down soon after as Anthony Kalik was impeded by James Karvelis as he tried to get to a smart pass from Dylan Smith.

The AIS captain was constantly trying to create openings for his teammates, and on this occasion was prevented from finishing a smart move.

The half ended with a pair of almost identical Jesse Makarounas free kicks, which dipped wickedly towards the top corner, but on both occasions, Jordan Thurtell pulled off stunning fingertip saves.

After the break, the game was played at a rather pedestrian pace and it wasn’t until just before the hour when Nabbout pounced on a cross to slot home his second of the contest.

Makarounas and Nabbout were proving the only sparks for Victory, as they struggled to gain a proper rhythm.

Nabbout was again involved as Victory almost made it four, as he was played through by Makarounas, only to be well tackled before he could shoot.

The rebound fell to Murnane, who tried to find Nabbout with a drilled cross, but Liam Rose was there to make sure it never got to him.

Victory did make it four, when Makarounas was involved when he played a nice ball wide to Damian  Miskulin, who jinked past his defender to set up Duzel for a simple finish with 15 minutes to go.

While the goal tally was rising, the match intensity remained low, and the AIS still had signs they could trouble Victory, but all their efforts were spoilt by a failure to produce a finishing product.

Eventually, their goal came from a corner, as Darcy Madden nodded in a header over a flailing Keegan Coulter, who was caught in no man’s land.

It proved to be the end of the scoring action, as neither side was about to conjure up any more meaningful attacks.



Crowd: ~100

Melbourne Victory FC Youth:

1. Keegan Coulter [GK], 8. Luc Jeggo, 3. Milos Ridesic, 4. James Karvelis, 5. Dylan Murnane, 9. Jesse Makarounas, 10. John Buceto (14. Christian Cavallo +60′), 6. James Jeggo, 7. Christopher Cristaldo (15. Damian Miskulin +60′), 11. Anthony Proia (12. Anthony Duzel +60′), 13. Andrew Nabbout

Substitutes not used: 20. Gian Tapia [GK]

Coach: Darren Davies

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

Australian Institute of Sport:

1. Jordan Thurtell [GK], 2. Darcy Madden, 3. Brendan Gonano (23. Rocco Pizzata + 58′), 4. Benjamin Warland, 5. Matthew Schmidt, 9.Todd Norris (11. Marc Marino +58′), 10. Dylan Smith (6. Matthew Ntoumenopoulos +56′), 22. Liam Rose, 12. Mark Ochieng, 17. Anthony Kalik (c), 18. Alexander Gersbach

Substitutes not used: 30. Lucas Spinella [GK]

Coach: Ufuk Talay

Yellow Cards: Darcy Madden 77′

Red Cards: Nil



Referee: Patrick Chaplin

Assistants: Wilson Brown, Adam Bavcar, Greg Gontscharow

Pitch Rating: 9/10

Game Rating: 6.5/10

Best Players:
3. Andrew Nabbout

2. Jesse Makarounas
1. Anthony Kalik

By Tomasz Ng