Victory grind to beat Mariners

by Tomasz Ng:

Hyundai A-League 2013/14, Round 22

7:30pm, Friday 7 March – AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Victory FC 3

(James Jeggo 31’,  James Troisi 77’ pen, Kosta Barbarouses 90’+3)

defeated

Central Coast Mariners FC 1

(Zac Anderson 63’)

 

Melbourne Victory bounced back from their derby day humiliation with a solid rather than inspired 3-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.

Jimmy Jeggo struck the opener just past the half hour, making the Mariners pay for missing gilt edged chances just moments before.

The Mariners did equalise through Zac Anderson after the break, but Victory saw out the match thanks to a penalty from James Troisi and a late tap-in from Kosta Barbarouses.

Victory were stung by a late withdrawal minutes before kickoff when Adama Traore pulled up lame during the warm up, and it appeared to affect them early in the match.

Central Coast were the better team in the first half hour, and struck the post in the tenth minute after the ball hit the back of Anderson from a Kim Seung-Yong corner.

Lawrence Thomas was caught out as he attempted to gather the cross, and was looking shaky whenever a high ball came into the area.

The Mariners next real chance came in the 30th minute when Mitchell Duke sent in a delicious cross straight onto Nick Fitzgerald’s head, but he only managed to glance the ball off his head, missing the target completely.

He was to pay for missing that big opportunity when Victory went down the other end and scored.

 

The centre of all things good for Victory, Gui Finkler showed poise to find and on-rushing Jeggo on the edge of the box, and the midfielder took a touch before slotting the ball past Liam Reddy.

It was a moment of relief for all in blue and white, but especially for Jeggo who has had a difficult time breaking into the first team.

Now forced to attack after the break, Central Coast came close in the 46th minute when Ibini forced a good save from Thomas.

Victory regrouped and began to look comfortable in possession, but just as they have done all season, they found a way to concede a goal.

Kim swung in a free kick just outside the box on the byline, and Thomas completely missed the ball as he flew out to collect it, leaving Anderson on the back post with the simple task of volleying into the empty net.

However, Anderson went from hero to villain in the 75th minute, leaving his arm outstretched and conceding a penalty as he blocked a shot from Archie Thompson.

Troisi shrugged off the pleas of Finkler to take the penalty, and confidently dispatched the spot kick in off the crossbar.

The Mariners responded with intent, eager to take something they deserved from the contest, but were thwarted by Jason Geria, who had started in place of Traore.

First he blocked a goal bound effort from Anthony Caceres before throwing himself in front of a shot from Duke minutes later.

The Victory then rubbed salt into the wounds in stoppage time, when they scored on a counter attack.

Archie Thompson was released on the left wing, and he squared the ball to the substitute Barbarouses, leaving him to score a simple, yet typical Melbourne Victory goal.

It may not have been their most convincing performance, but the Victory came away with the points they desperately needed.

Central Coast will be left wondering how they lost that match, and will need to back up quickly in their AFC Champions League clash against Japanese champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

 

Match Stats:

Crowd: 15,031

 

Line-ups:

Melbourne Victory:

20. Lawrence Thomas [GK], 2. Pablo Contreras, 6. Leigh Broxham (c), 7. Guilherme Finkler, 10. Archie Thompson, 11. Connor Pain (9. Kosta Barbarouses +60’), 14. James Troisi (26. Jordan Brown +90+3’), 16. Rashid Mahazi, 17. Jimmy Jeggo (22. Jesse Makarounas +87’), 24. Scott Galloway, 25. Jason Geria

Unused subs: 1. Nathan Coe [GK], 31. Dylan Murnane

Yellow Cards: Jeggo 82’, Mahazi 87’

Red Cards: Nil

 

Central Coast Mariners:

12. Liam Reddy [GK], 4. Marcel Seip, 5. Zac Anderson, 6. Brent Griffiths, 7. John Hutchinson (c), 9. Mitchell Duke, 11. Nick Fitzgerald (21. Mile Sterjovski +81’), 17. Anthony Caceres, 20. Bernie Ibini (19. Matt Simon +77’), 26. Kim Seung-Yong (28. Glen Trifiro +62’), 29. Matt Sim

Unused Substitutes: 1. Justin Pasfield [GK], 8. Nick Montgomery

Yellow Cards: Anderson 36’

Red Cards: Nil

 

Referee: Ben Williams

Assistants: Matthew Cream, Hakan Anaz, Alex Azcurra

 

Ratings:

Pitch Rating: 5/10

Game Rating: 7/10

Player Points:

3. Gui Finkler (MV)

2. Kim Seung-Yong (CCM)

1. Jason Geria (MV)

 By Tomasz Ng