Saturday, November 7, 2009

Melbourne Victory suffer worst home defeat in their history

Melbourne Victory suffered their worst home defeat ever when they lost 4-0 to Central Coast Mariners at Etihad Stadium this evening.

It equalled their worst-ever defeat in the A-League, which was 4-0 to Newcastle Jets.

The home side had some good chances, but were thwarted by some excellent goalkeeping by Danny Vukovic.

The acrobatic Adam Kwasnik volleyed the Mariners ahead in the 15th minute after Melbourne keeper Glenn Moss could only parry Nick Travis’s shot.

Kwasnik injured his right knee in landing and did not see out the game.

Matt Simon made it 2-0 in the 75th minute with a header from a Travis corner.

Dean Heffernan added the third in the 80th minute after a great run down the left by John Hutchinson, the shot going through Moss’s legs.

It was Heffernan’s 10th goal of the season.

The home crowd gave Moss the bird every time he touched the ball after that, which would have improved his confidence immensely.

Nik Mrdja completed the scoring from Hutchinson’s free-kick in the 83rd minute, Moss again making a hash of his attempted interception.

Archie Thompson was again frustrating to watch as he was often caught off-side or went on long runs only to lose possession.

Ney Fabiano was also disappointing for Melbourne after coming on as a substitute.

He had a good shot superbly saved by Vukovic and then missed a simple header.

The win lifted the Mariners into third place on the ladder, while Melbourne spurned the chance to go top.

The attendance was 18,531.

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