Goals to Leroy George and Besart Berisha were enough for Melbourne Victory to defeat a depleted Perth Glory and claim its first win of the season.

Victory welcomed back Socceroos Mark Milligan and James Troisi who controlled the midfield with class and were deserving of the win against a weakened Perth who were without Diego Castro, Scott Neville and Andreu.

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A high intensity first half presented few chances with ex-Glory player Rhys Williams squandering the visitor’s best opportunity, directing a close range header straight at Liam Reddy from George’s out-swinging free kick.

Perth did almost take the lead on the stroke of half time through debutant Jacob Italiano when Joseph Mills found the 16-year-old unmarked at the back post but the high school student was only able to find the side netting.

That proved to be one of Perth’s only genuine chances with the Victory coming out of the blocks strong in the second and opening the scoring just before the hour mark.

Talisman Berisha finished past an onrushing Reddy after Alex Grant failed to make a strong enough connection in clearing Jai Inghams cross from the right wing.

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The goal spurred on the Victory who looked dangerous in attack all match and doubled its lead when Troisi beat an outstretched Grant in the box before delivering a deflected cross into the path of George who scrambled a shot that dribbled past Reddy into the net.

Perth toiled hard and almost snatched a late consolation goal through Andy Keogh but his shot fell wide and in truth it could have been worse for Glory who have Reddy to thank for keeping the scoreline at 2-0.

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A side who has surprised many with its slow start to the season Victory enjoyed a second half that better represents the amount of talent its squad possesses.

Victory Coach Kevin Muscat will be hoping this is a sign of this to come for the Victory who has a team of undoubted talent at his disposal, whilst it’s back to the drawing board for Kenny Lowe after back-to-back defeats.

Perth Glory 0
Melbourne Victory 2 (Berisha 56′ George 67′)

nib Stadium (13,565)

Referee: Johnathan BARREIRO
Assistant Referees: Josh MANELLA and Arvin SHANMUGANATHAN
Fourth Official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory
33. REDDY Liam (GK), 2. GRANT Alexander, 4. LOWRY Shane, 6. NICHOLS Mitchell 8. TORRES Xavier, 9. KEOGH Andrew (C), 14. HAROLD Chris (MALLIA Mitchell 65′), 15. WILSON Brandon (BRIMMER Jake 65′), 16. MILLS Joseph, 26. ITALIANO Jacob, 29. WALKER Jeremy.

Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (GK), 5. POSCOLIERO Jacob, 11. MALLIA Mitchell, 19. KNOWLES Joseph, 20. BRIMMER Jake.

Melbourne Victory
2. GERIA Jason, 4. WILLIAMS Rhys, 5. MILLIGAN Mark (18. SANCHEZ Matias 88′), 6. BROXHAM Leigh (22. NIGRO Stefan 88′), 8. BERISHA Besart, 10. TROISI James, 14. DENG Thomas, 20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 21. VALERI Carl (c), 23. INGHAM Jai, 41. GEORGE Leroy (31. THEOHAROUS Christian 80′)

Substitutes: 1. ACTION Matthew (GK), 7. ATHIU Kenjok, 18. SANCHEZ Matias, 22. NIGRO Stefan, 31. THEOHAROUS Christian.

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.