Troisi masterclass sends Adelaide packing

Ten years on from that famous 2007 Grand Final Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United locked horns again in an entertaining affair at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

In a competitive first half, it was the Victory who had the upper hand with their stars doing everything but finding the back of the net.

Yet it was United who could’ve taken the lead in the third minute as Cirio’s shot was cleared off the line by the ever reliable Leigh Broxham after Victory failed to deal with the corner.

James Troisi was in inspired form pulling the strings for the Victory.

With Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou in attendance it seems Troisi will get a call up to the national team sooner rather than later.

Troisi was all over the park creating chances for himself and those around him

The number ten found space at the top of the box in the 19th minute and sent a furious shot wide of youngster Daniel Margush’s post.

The combination play in the middle of the park from the Victory was at times too much for Adelaide to handle.

Jai Ingham, who signed a contract extension for the Victory midweek, saw his early volley attempt fire wide, whilst Marco Rojas’ volley was saved by Margush.

It remained all square going into the break with both managers feeling content with their respective sides efforts.

The second started with Adelaide applying pressure from corners with Papa Babacar Diawara causing problems for the Victory defence in the box.

Ingham fired back with a chance of his own receiving the ball on the left from Rojas and after cutting inside fired a shot just wide of the far post.

Troisi after a one-two with Besart Berisha stung the palms of Margush.

The Adelaide keeper did well to parry away the Victory midfielders stinging effort for a corner, showing a lot of class in his second A-League game.

But the 19 year old Keeper could do nothing about Rojas’s wonderful free kick in the 66th minute.

After being brought down by Dylan McGowan, the Kiwi stepped up and placed the ball into the top corner past the outstretched hand of Margush giving Kevin Muscat’s men the lead.

Rojas nearly had a second six minutes later after his header bounced off the bar.

But Berisha, who had been quiet, sealed the points for the Victory in the 82nd minute with a delightful outside of the foot finish that brought up his 50th goal for the club.

Tarek Elrich pulled a late goal back for the visitors but it didn’t matter as the Victory now prepare to travel to league leaders Sydney for Friday nights Big Blue derby with another win under their belts.

Melbourne Victory 2 (66′ Rojas, 82′ Berisha)
Adelaide United 1 (90′ Elrich)

Referee: Matthew Conger
Assistant Referees: Simon Lount and Wilson Brown
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Attendance: 19,035

Melbourne Victory: 20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 2. GERIA Jason, 4. ANSELL Nicholas, 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel (70′), 21. VALERI Carl (C), 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 10. TROISI James (85′), 23. INGHAM Jai (83′), 7. ROJAS Marco, 8. BERISHA Besart
Substitutes: 40. ACTON Matthew (GK), 13. BOZANIC Oliver (70′), 11. AUSTIN Mitchell (83′), 16. MAHAZI Rashid (85′), 17. DONACHIE James

Adelaide United: 30. MARGUSH Daniel (GK), 2. MARRONE Michael, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 15. WARLAND Benjamin, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 18. MCGREE Riley (84′), 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo (C), 7. KIM JaeSung (76′), 11. CIRIO Sergio, 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 9. DIAWARA Papa Babacar (64′)
Substitutes: 20. HALL John (GK), 12. OCHIEN Mark (76′), 13. MARINO Mark (64′), 14. MELLS George (84′), 16. MAKAROUNAS Jesse

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