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Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory: Player ratings from the A-League grand final

14:42 SAST 2018/05/05
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory
Who starred and who shied away in the A-League decider?

Melbourne Victory have sealed a fourth A-League championship after grinding past Newcastle Jets 1-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium.

It wasn't the most glamorous performance from either side but Victory showed plenty of guts with their keeper Lawrence Thomas stealing the show in goals.

Check out every player's rating below. 

  • Glen Moss Newcastle Jets

    Glen Moss

    Rating: 7/10

    Helpless for the goal, made a number of solid saves to keep the deficit to one. 

  • Johnny Koutroumbis Newcastle Jets

    Johnny Koutroumbis

    Rating: 5/10

    Struggled a little bit on the big stage with his flank targetted by Victory.

  • Nikolai Topor-Stanley Newcastle Jets

    Nikolai Topor-Stanley

    Rating: 6/10

    A fourth grand final loss for the defender who didn't do much wrong but couldn't stamp himself onto the contest. 

  • Nigel Boogaard Newcastle Jets

    Nigel Boogaard

    Rating: 6/10

    Gave away the foul leading to Victory's goal, but did well considering he had overcome what was meant to be a season-ending injury. 

  • Daniel Georgievski Newcastle Jets

    Daniel Georgievski

    Rating: 6/10

    Withdrawn with 20 minutes to go as the Jets looked to grab an equaliser with the former Victory man not as effective as usual moving forward. 

  • Ronald Vargas Newcastle Jets

    Ronald Vargas

    Rating: 7/10

    A very lively first half from the midfielder who didn't put a foot wrong, but he was very quiet in the second and was subbed just after an hour. 

  • Steven Ugarkovic Newcastle Jets

    Steven Ugarkovic

    Rating: 7/10

    Never steals the limelight but went about his business in the middle of the park without much fuss.

  • Riley McGree Newcastle Jets

    Riley McGree

    Rating: 7/10

    A spark in attack and had a fierce effort saved in the first half which would've beaten most keepers. 

  • Dimi Petratos Newcastle Jets

    Dimitri Petratos

    Rating: 8/10

    Led the Jets attack and though he couldn't create a goal, was lively throughout the 90 minutes and kept pushing for an equaliser into the dying minutes. 

  • Roy O'Donovan Newcastle Jets

    Roy O'Donovan

    Rating: 5/10

    A brave 90 minutes undone by a shocking foul on Lawrence Thomas in injury time which saw him sent to the stands.

  • Newcastle Jets substitutes

    Champness and Rodriquez both provided menacing moments but failed to make an impact. 
  • Lawrence Thomas

    Lawrence Thomas

    Rating: 10/10

    A performance worthy of a championship and Joe Marston medal. A ridiculous double save in the first half and real bravery in the second as he played on after copping a big kick from O'Donovan.

  • Leigh Broxham

    Leigh Broxham

    Rating: 7/10

    His experience shined on the big occassion and he locked down his flank well. 

  • Thomas Deng

    Thomas Deng

    Rating: 7/10

    Filled in for Williams at centre back fautlessly yet again.

  • Jame Donachie

    James Donachie

    Rating: 7/10

    Laid on the controversial assist for the goal and was a real rock at the back. 

  • Stefan Nigro

    Stefan Nigro

    Rating: 7/10

    Solid performance from the fill-in defender, who has slotted in well to the Victory line-up in Rhys Williams' absence.

  • Kosta Barbarouses

    Kosta Barbarouses

    Rating: 8/10

    Took his goal well and was lively throughout the 90 minutes. 

  • Melbourne Victory Terry Antonis

    Terry Antonis

    Rating: 7/10

    Didn't steal the show like last week, but helped lock down the midfield in the second half. 

  • Carl Valeri/Adrian Melbourne Victory/Sydney FC

    Carl Valeri

    Rating: 7/10

    Like Antonis, helped constrict the Jets in the second by clogging the midfield. 

  • Leroy George

    Leroy George

    Rating: 8/10

    Another brilliant free-kick led to Victory's goal and he didn't take a step back on the big stage. 

  • James Troisi Melbourne Victory

    James Troisi

    Rating: 7/10

    Answered his critics last week and can't be faulted for his efforts tonight.

  • Melbourne Victory Besart Berisha

    Besart Berisha

    Rating: 7/10

    Didn't get another goal in a grand final but led the frontline with his usual confidence and held the ball up well.

  • Melbourne Victory substitutes

    Sanchez was the sole substitute and contributed with some questionable cramping theatrics.