Melbourne Kruse to back-to-back wins

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Robbie Kruse starred in Melbourne Victory’s 4-0 triumph win against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon, as the forward line proved they no longer need to rely on just Ola Toivonen.

Both teams took early attempts to open the goal scoring, with Leigh Broxham and Dimitri Petratos both sending shots wide following free kicks.

Elvis Kamsoba sprinted down the wing to cross the ball in the direction of Robbie Kruse who was not able to connect, letting it pass through to Andrew Nabbout who also struggled to find his feet.

It did not matter when Kruse stepped up in the 9th minute and beat Glen Moss to take the lead for Melbourne.

Bobby Burns found himself with a yellow card in the 24th minute after dropping Kruse off the ball and he took time to find his balance again.

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Kristijan Dobras was knocked to the ground, with a free kick eventually rewarded as the Jets managed to escape another card.

With some time between genuine scoring attempts, Nabbout beat two Jets defenders to then curl inside and shoot, but sent the shot wide.

Two minutes of stoppage time were added but Victory maintained their position, going into the break with a 1-0 lead.

Kruse had a chance to find his double in the opening stages of the second half, but could not find his way past Moss.

A save by Lawrence Thomas who had not had to do much work until that stage denied Petratos the Jets opener.

Nabbout had every opportunity to score after receiving the ball from Kruse, but sent his header across the face of the net.

Birthday man Migjen Basha had a lot to celebrate as he scored his first goal for Victory in the 61st minute after securing the shot from a rebound.

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It took only another three minutes for Victory to add to the Jets heartbreak, with Nabbout scoring following an assist from Kruse, to make the lead 3-0.

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Following the two goals, Jets continued to struggle to take control of the ball as Victory remained in possession.

It was typical of the Jets night when Matthew Millar dribbled the ball across his own goal-line after clumsy play, extending Victory’s lead to 4-0.

A play involving Kamsoba, Kruse and  Joshua Hope almost made it 5-0, but was denied by Moss.

Four long minutes of stoppage time were added and with no opportunity to reduce the lead, Victory took home a convincing 4-0 win.

Melbourne Victory 4: (Kruse 9’, Basha 61’, Nabbout 64’, Millar 86’)

Newcastle Jets 0

AAMI Park

Attendance: 14, 582

Referee: Daniel Elder

Assistant Referees: Andrew Lindsay & George Lakrindis

Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), James DONACHIE, Leigh BROXHAM, Jakob POULSEN, Andrew NABBOUT (Joshua HOPE 80’), Robbie KRUSE, Elvis KAMSOBA, Migjen BASHA (Jay BARNETT 73’), Adama TRAORE, Kristijan DOBRAS (Kenjok ATHIU 61’), Anthony LESIOTIS.
Unused subs: Brendan WHITE (GK), Storm ROUX, Corey BROWN

Newcastle Jets: Glen MOSS (GK), Bobby BURNS (John KOUTROUMBIS 46’, Matthew RIDENTON 86’), Jason HOFFMAN, Benjamin KANTAROVSKI, Steven UGARKOVIC, Dimitri PETRATOS, Matthew MILLAR, Lachlan JACKSON, Patrick LANGLOIS, Angus THURGATE (Kaine SHEPPARD 61’), Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
Unused subs: Lewis ITALIANO, Nicholas FITZGERALD

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan 

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.