Melbourne Victory has come-from-behind to snatch a 2-1 derby win over Melbourne City at Epping Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

City scored the opening goal through Aivi Luik on the end of a well-executed free kick by Lauren Barnes but Victory responded in fine style.

The equaliser from Melina Ayres may have only been her second goal for Victory but it was another stunner in the space of a couple of weeks as she chipped Lydia Williams from 35-yards out.

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Victory left it until the 85th minute, but they took the lead with Christina Gibbons able to grab the eventual match winner thanks to a rebound from a Natasha Dowie attempt.

It was scoreless for an hour before City managed to find the first advantage.

Victory did their best to frustrate and negate their opposition, much like when these teams last met in round 2 as City got the only goal of the game after 82 minutes.

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Both teams were energised and up for a key battle evidenced by several tough tackles and heavy collisions typical of this derby encounter.

Victory had some scares to deal with in the second half which underlined the tenacious nature of this match.

Key players Laura Alleway and Casey Dumont shook off their injuries to complete the full 90 minutes while Gulcan Koca appeared to be in the wars.

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Victory came into this match in seventh place on the ladder desperate for a win that would give them a real chance of making it to a top-four spot.

While they remain in the same position despite the three points they have closed the gap on fourth-placed City to six points instead of nine.

If Victory are any chance of grabbing what seems an unlikely finals spot, they just need to keep winning and add to the three wins they now have.

Getting this positive result over City who are further up the table will give Victory a great boost of confidence that they can pull off a late comeback en route to finals time, in an extremely tight and even league this season.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.