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First-half double drives Victory to Roar win

Melbourne Victory has moved three points clear on top of the A-League table thanks to a 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar on Wednesday night.

The win puts the Victory in the box seat to claim the third Premier’s Plate in the club’s history.

In the last of the mid-week games for the season, Brisbane provided little resistance in the first half, as the Victory looked destined to record a thumping win. However, a much-improved Roar came out in the second half, making for a highly entertaining contest.

Carl Valeri opened the scoring with a cracking long-range strike just after the quarter hour mark. Fahid Ben Khalfallah laid it up for the former Socceroo just outside the area, before Valeri powered home with stunning accuracy into the bottom corner of the net.

Besart Berisha then doubled the lead just five minutes later against his old club, thanks to a beautiful assist from Ben Khalfallah once again. The Tunisian international chipped the ball over the Roar defense to the running Berisha, who controlled it expertly on his chest before volleying home through the legs of Brisbane keeper Jamie Young.

The Victory weren’t done there, creating several other chances as the first half drew to a close, as they looked determined to score at nearly every opportunity.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Wed Apr 15, 2015, 7:40 PMStadium Suncorp StadiumAttendance 10,642Referee Chris Beath

Brisbane

Goal51′ M.McKayYellow Card90′ J.Donachie

The Roar had a few chances of their own to score and were able to maintain possession during periods of the first half. However, the home side lacked a quality final ball in the forward third. Melbourne on the other hand, was clinical in attack and dismantled the Brisbane defense going forward.

Ben Khalfallah was once again showing why he may become hot property at the end of the season should he not reach a contract agreement with Melbourne at season’s end.

Melbourne started the second half just as they finished the first – full of attack. Kosta Barbarouses very nearly added a third for Melbourne just after the restart, as he came streaming into the penalty area from the wing, but his powerful shot from a tight angle – which had Young soundly beaten – cannoned into the upright.

Brisbane then cut Melbourne’s lead in half a few minutes later against the run of play to make it 2-1. The Roar produced their own fantastic piece of link up play that finished with captain Matt McKay slotting the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas from close range.

It seemed to be the spark that they needed with the Roar playing a far more attacking brand of football in the second half.

However, a hugely improved Brisbane in the second half couldn’t chase down the two-goal deficit, and the Victory held on for a 2-1 win.

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avatarBen is a Journalism graduate, a Melbourne Victory fan and contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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Comments

  • britesparke

    All the way with FBK- two sublime balls and two first half goals. Victory will have their hands full trying to retain the services of Fahid Ben K but what a talent! The lack of second half intensity must be worrying Muscat with the Roar gaining momentum late in the game but at least Victory did enough to put their hand up for the Premier’s Plate.