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November 24, 2012 7:45 PM EST
Pirtek Stadium — Parramatta

Attendance:‬ 9614‎
 
 
Michael Beauchamp 44′ (OG)
 

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-2 Melbourne Victory: Victory defy the odds

Melbourne Victory defied being a man down to record a brave 2-0 victory overr Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday

GOAL.com Indonesia   By STEVE ORME


Melbourne Victory overcame an early red card to Sam Gallagher to record a gutsy 2-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium.
 
The Victory were reduced to 10 men in just the 16th minute when Gallagher was given his marching orders for dragging down Dino Kresinger on the edge of the penalty box.
 
Despite spending the rest of the opening stanza on the back foot the visitors hit the front in the 44th minute via an own goal from Michael Beauchamp.
 
Ange Postecoglou's men struck again on the hour when Archie Thompson scored on the counter attack to double the advantage.
 
The Wanderers peppered the visitors' goal in the final half hour but couldn't breach the Victory defence and suffered their second straight loss at home.
 
The win lifts the Victory to fourth spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder while the Wanderers could finish the weekend out of top six depending on other results.
 
Shinji Ono's audacious shot from halfway in the third minute was as close as either side came to an early goal in an even start to the encounter.
 
Momentum swung the hosts' way when Gallagher was sent off in his debut appearance for the Victory.
 
Ono flicked a clever ball in behind for Kresinger who won the race to the ball when Gallagher appeared to trip over his own feet after some initial contact from the Wanderers striker.
 
A desperate Gallagher made contact with the Wanderers striker on the edge of the penalty box and referee Ben Williams immediately produced a red card.
 
Ono narrowly missed the ensuing free-kick as the Wanderers started to dominate the undermanned Melbourne side.
 
Mark Bridge had a gilt-edged chance in the 22nd minute after a clever cross from Aaron Mooy but he bounced his header over the bar from point-blank range.
 
Ono again came within centimetres of scoring the opener with a free-kick late in the half before disaster struck for the hosts in the shadows of half-time.
 
Gui Finkler made a rare raid into the edge of the box and fired in a skidding cross that deflected off Beauchamp's outstretched left leg and straight past a helpless Ante Covic to silence the home crowd.
 
The Wanderers came out swinging after the break and had a spirited appeal for a penalty turned down four minutes in after Adama Traore appeared to handle the ball in the box four minutes in.
 
Tony Popovic's men continued to dominate general play but it was the Victory who doubled their advantage against the run of play on the hour.
 
The visitors swooped on a loose pass from Beauchamp and stung the hosts on the counter attack.
 
Marco Rojas sprinted down the left wing and crossed for Thompson who hit the target from an acute angle to stun the Wanderers.

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Western Sydney Wanderers

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Ante Covic
Goalkeeper
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12
Shannon Cole
Defender
65′
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6
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-
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Jerome Polenz
Defender
78′
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Iacopo La Rocca
Midfielder
46′
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8
Aaron Mooy
Midfielder
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Shinji Ono
Midfielder
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-
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19
Mark Bridge
Striker
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Melbourne Victory

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Nathan Coe
Goalkeeper
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22
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23
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40
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Guilherme
Midfielder
65′
 - 
14
Marco Rojas
Midfielder
78′
 - 
2
Alex
Defender
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-
 - 
10
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Andrew Nabbout
Midfielder
28′

Substitutes

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Jerrad Tyson
Goalkeeper
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-
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Jason Trifiro
Midfielder
46′
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Joe Gibbs
Striker
65′
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Substitutes

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18
Tando Velaphi
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
Leigh Broxham
Midfielder
78′
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Jonathan Bru
Midfielder
28′
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19
I. Cernak
Midfielder
65′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
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Player   Goals Penalties
Adam Taggart Adam Taggart
Striker
Newcastle Jets
16 1
David Williams David Williams
Striker
Melbourne Heart
12 3
James Troisi James Troisi
Striker
Melbourne Victory
12 1
Besart Berisha Besart Berisha
Striker
Brisbane
11 1
Alessandro Del Piero Alessandro Del Piero
Striker
Sydney FC
10 5