Victory climb to fourth after Jurman own goal

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The highly anticipated Australia Day clash between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC finished with an own goal separating the two.

Many predicted the Big Blue to produce goals but it was the complete opposite that would play out, and it would be an own goal from Sydney FC defender Matt Jurman that would prove the ultimate difference between the sites.

Victory looked the more dangerous in the first half, the navy blue side of Melbourne in the mood straight away. Two minutes in Gui Finkler’s through ball found Besart Berisha who only had Vedran Janjetovic to beat but his shot was hit straight at the keeper.

Minutes later Sydney’s first chance came from Seb Ryall, whose header from a set piece was saved and held by Danny Vukovic.

With two minutes to go in the first half Sydney’s first real shot in anger came from Chris Naumoff. A shot from 25 metres out provided what should have been a regulation save for Vukovic who spilled it toward Matt Simon who was offside.

Victory were playing a possession game, but couldn’t capitalise and was goalless at halftime.

In the second half Melbourne Victory picked up the way they left off with, having more of the ball and key striker Besart Berisha having a few unconverted chances.

Kosta Barbarouses was making inroads on the right side of the park, the Sydney FC defense strugging to contain him.

Nick Ansell almost had a collector’s item goal when Ben Khalfallah’s ball found his feet two metres out, however his shot was blocked by Simon.

Shane Smeltz came on late in the second half and almost had immediate impact as Seb Ryall streamed down the right to provide a cross but Smeltz’s header flew wide.

Victory’s pressure paid dividends in the 79th minute when Matt Jurman managed to score an own goal from Jesse Makarounas’s low cross to make it 1-0 to Melbourne.

With Sydney needing a reply, the Sky Blues started to press. In the 82nd minute Andrew Hoole had an opportunity to equalise but his shot from just inside the box was saved by Vukovic.

Another defensive showing from the Sky Blues wouldn’t provide dividends on this occasion and a solid performance from Melbourne Victory gave the home side a 1-0 win in the Big Blue.

The win sees Victory climb to fourth on the Hyundai A-League ladder, overtaking Sydney FC on goals for.

Melbourne Victory: 1. VUKOVIC Danny, 4. ANSELL Nick (74’ 22. MAKAROUNAS Jesse), 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 7. FINKLER Gui, 8. BERISHA Besart, 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta, 13. BOZANIC Oliver, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid (77’ 10. THOMPSON Archie), 16. MAHAZI Rashid (60’ 2. GERIA Jason), 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu,

Sydney FC: 1. JANJETOVIC Vedran, 2. RYALL Seb, 5. JURMAN Matt, 8. DIMITREJEVIC Milos (85’ 22. ABBAS Ali), 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 11. NAUMOFF Christopher (59’ 7. HOOLE Andrew), 18. SIMON Matt (74’ 9. SMELTZ Shane), 19. FATY Jacques, 21. HOLOSKO Filip, 23. GRANT Rhyan, 27. TAVARES Mickael

Referee: Strebre Delovski

Attendance: 30493

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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