A finals preview: Melbourne Victory

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Victory secured a top two finish after Darian Jenkins double against Sydney FC helped her side take down the third placers 3-1 at Marvel Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Victory can now prepare to take on Sydney again in the first round of the finals at Epping Stadium on March 14th, with the Wanderers’ 3-2 win not being enough for the side to climb up to third position.

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The Victory women saved what head manager Jeff Hopkins considered his club’s best performance in the 2019/20 Westfield W-League season til last and now need to mimic today’s presentation if they hope to finish champions.

Victory and Sydney also met in round one, where the Sky Blues started their season off with a classy 3-0 win, leaving the Navy Blues with a few questions on how to attack the rest of the campaign.

Hopkins said at the post-match press conference his side were able to manage the threat that Sydney’s attacking front inflicted throughout the afternoon.

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“I would probably say it was our best performance of the season,” Hopkins said.

“Against a very good side I thought we handled the threat of their front three really well, I thought our back three and our goalkeeper defended so well.”

Along with the defenders, Natasha Dowie and Melina Ayres excelled in the midfield and lady of the night, wing-back Jenkins were all a part of the winning combination.

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You could have praised every one of the Victory women tonight for contributing to the win.

Victory have a cohesion that could help get them to the final, and they have the talent that can enable them to win the championship.

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.