Melbourne Victory has finally recovered from a club record worst losing streak as they beat Newcastle Jets 1-0 at Hunter Stadium. The match sees the Jets replace Victory and the Mariners as the worst form team in the league in what was really a dull match.
Victory could have hit the lead in the third minute as Archie Thompson was sent through but was flagged for offside. That was lucky as a deflected handball very nearly ended in the back of the net as Victory went for it from the opening.
Three minutes later Melbourne Victory had another chance as Kosta Barbarouses ran down the left to create the chance. He crossed in to Fahid Ben Khalfallah who let away a powerful shot from the penalty spot but Mark Birighitti made a great save.
Birighitti was kept busy in those opening stages, being forced in to a save again in the 8th minute after Oliver Bozanic set up Thompson for a volley that he saved. In the 10th again he made a save as Besart Berisha set up Barbarouses but the offside flag stopped Victory.
After that phenomenal start to the match things dropped off before the Jets had their best chance in the 32nd minute. Cameron Watson sent a through ball for Enver Alivodic who stepped over for the ball to get to Milos Trifunovic who linked up with Alivodic but the return was over hit, killing the chance.
Five minutes before half-time Newcastle could well have hit the lead as they had a big penalty shout. Matthieu Delpierre appeared to bring down Trifunovic in the box as he leant on him but the referee waved it away, keeping it scoreless at half-time.
Seven minutes in to the second half Victory had a golden opportunity as Fahid Ben Khalfallah sent a ball in for Bozanic whose volley was cleared by Daniel Mullen. One minute later there was another chance as Daniel Georgievski ran down the left and then crossed in, under hitting it with Barbarouses, Berisha and Thompson in the box.
Victory continued to have the only chances in the match and in the 67th minute they could well have had their goal. Nigel Boogaard’s back pass was poorly played, which forced Birighitti to rush out, just beating Berisha to the ball, clearing it just in time.
In the 71st minute Victory finally had the goal they deserved as Barbarouses set up the chance, chasing down his own ball. Barbarouses then sent in a cross perfectly for Ben Khalfallah who sent the ball in to the bottom right corner out of the reach of Birighitti.
In stoppage time, Melbourne Victory could well have made it two but again Birighitti saved the day with a great save. Barbarouses released Jess Makarounas who hit a powerful volley which was well saved by Birighitti with his legs.