Double delight for the Victory against Jets

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A Marco Rojas two minute blitz was the difference for the Melbourne Victory against the Newcastle Jets in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League.

Despite a slow and dreary first half of football the Victory were able to pull away from a stubborn Jets outfit.

A half of very few good chances was what the 18,267 strong crowd saw at AAMI Park on Saturday.

James Troisi, for the Victory was the soul bright light in the first half putting on a master-class in the heart of midfield.

Yet it was Victory’s other attacking star that nearly gifted the first goal to the Jets.

Marco Rojas’s headed back pass was picked up by Andy Brennan but the former South Melbourne man couldn’t capitalise on the chance and spurned his shot wide of Matthew Acton’s goal.

Acton, signed as an injury replacement this week, had a solid first 45 but will be counting his lucky stars as he avoided a booking after he cleaned up Devante Clut in an attempt to clear a ball.

The Victory still had chances of their own none better coming from Besart Berisha who somehow missed an open goal from four yards out 12 minutes in.

Going into the break Mark Jones will have been the happier of the two managers with Kevin Muscat clearly frustrated at his players lack luster display.

Whatever the Victory manager said to his troops at the break, it worked as the boys in blue came out firing.

After Fahid Ben Khalfallah was brought down at the edge of the box, Rojas’s freekick deflected off Iain Fyfe and left Duncan wrong footed in the 52nd minute.

Two minutes later Rojas was at it again this time picking the ball up in his own half and after a long searching run fired the ball into the bottom corner, doubling the lead.

The Jets, clinging on for dear life, were under siege and it could’ve been worse after 60 minutes if not for a flying Duncan save after Troisi’s 25 yard thunderbolt was heading for the top corner.

Melbourne had all the running with Newcastle not providing much in the second period.

Acton was called into action in the 69th minute with a fantastic save, tipping Clut’s effort over the bar.

Yet Victory were still pressing with Troisi again missing over the bar after playing a one-two with Berisha.

The Victory ran out with the three points in the end but avoided conceding in the 88th minute after substitute James Donachie cleared Jason Hoffman’s shot off the goal line following a goal mouth scramble.

The Victory now sit at second on the table and now look forward to taking on Perth back at AAMI Park next round, whilst the Jets prepare to take on top of the table Sydney FC.

Melbourne Victory 2 (Fyfe (OG) 52’), (Rojas 54’)
Newcastle Jets 0

Referee: lan Milliner
Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis and Luke Brennan
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

AAMI Park

Attendance: 18,267

Melbourne Victory: 40. ACTON Matthew (GK), 2. GERIA Jason, 15. BARO Alan, 4. ANSELL Nicholas (72’), 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 13 BOZANIC Oliver (76’), 21. VALERI Carl (C), 10. TROISI James, 11. AUSTIN Mitchell (36’), 7 ROJAS Marco, 8. BERISHA Besart.
Substitutes: 9. BEISTER Maximilian (76’), 14. BEN KHALFALLH Fahid (36’), 17. MAHAZI Rashid, 17. DONACHIE James (72’), 30. SPINELLA Lucas

Newcastle Jets: 20. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 16. COWBURN Nick, 26. FYFE Iain (63′), 28. KOUTROUMBIS Johnny, 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 6. UGARKOVIC, 10. BROWN Wayne (C), 7. HOOLE Andrew, 23. CLUT Devante, 12. BRENNAN Andy (81′), 19. NORDSTRAND Morten (45’).
Substitutes: 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin (63′), 8. POLJAK Mateo (81′), 13. VUJICA Ivan, 18. MA Leilei (45’), 30. CLARK PIERCE (GK)

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