Melbourne Victory scored a late double to win 2-0 in the National Youth League’s installment of the Melbourne Derby at Lakeside Stadium.
Andrew Nabbout opened the scoring 86 minutes in with a volleyed effort on goal, soon after in the 91st minute he produced a cut back for Jesse Makarounas who sealed the three points for the reigning Champions.
Melbourne Heart defender Ross Archibald had the first effort on goal having his header saved by Melbourne Victory stopper Lawrence Thomas five minutes from time.
Both sides failed to create many chances unable to find the necessary creativity in the final third.
Set-pieces proved to be a dangerous proposition for the red half of Melbourne after a lovely stroked free-kick from Brazilian attacking midfielder Gui Finkler strayed inches wide of the goal.
Wide areas were what proved to be the source of joy for both Melbourne sides. With Victory’s Andrew Nabbout and Christopher Cristaldo connecting on two occasions from wide areas, but unable both times to find the net.
Heart midfielder Alexander Dao bucked the trend with a weighted cross to on rushing Marcus Schroen who headed over the crossbar.
The second half started slowly but a Finkler back-heeled through ball into the path of Nabbout whose effort on goal forced the first save of the half out of Melbourne Heart custodian Marko Stevenja.
54 minutes into the game saw Victory left-back Murnane cross in a dangerous ball into the area but it was cleared out for a corner evading an on rushing Cristaldo.
Victory begun to show their dominance in the fleeting minutes of the second half with substitute Anthony Proia making a late impact in the game.
His effect on the game was never more evident than with only four minutes of regulation time Prioa played in Nabbout to not only get the opener but his fifth goal in three National Youth League games.
Heart failed in their attempts to equalise in the dying embers of the game with a scramble in the box leading to captain Phillip Petreski shooting over the crossbar.
But at the other end, 91 minutes in Nabbout’s drive into the box and cut back to find Makarounas who slotted in Victory’s second goal ended any Heart comeback hopes.
20. Laurence THOMAS (GK), 3. Milos RIDESIC (KARVELIS 61’), 4. Nicholas Ansell, 5. Dylan MURNANE, 6. Rashid MAHAZI (BUSETO 61’), 7. Christopher CRISTALDO (PROIA 61’), 8. Luc JEGGO ©, 9. Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 11. Gui FINKLER, 13. Andrew NABBOUT, 16. Scott GALLOWAY.
Substitutes: 1. Keegan COULTER (GK), 2. James KARVELIS (RIDESIC 61’), 10. John BUSETO (MAHAZI 61’), 14. Anthony PROIA (CRISTALDO 61’).
Goals: Nabbout (86’), Makarounas (90’+1)
Yellow cards: Mahazi (34’), Nabbout (78’)
Red cards: NIL
1. Marko STEVANJA (GK), 3. Phillip PETRESKI ©, 4. Andrew MULLETT, 5. Ross ARCHIBALD, 6. Alexander DAO, 7. Hernan ESPINDOLA (EFE 61’), 8. Sam MITCHINSON, 10. Marcus SCHROEN, 11. Jonathan BOUNAS (MILLAR 61’), 13. Tyler JAMES (CARTANOS 61’), 14. Ersin KAYA.
16. Phillip PETROVSKI, 2. Andrew CARTANOS (JAMES 61’), 12. Matthew MILLAR (BOUNAS 61’), 15. Baki EFE (ESPINDOLA 61’).
Yellow cards: Schroen (7’), Kaya (73’).
Red cards: NIL
Referee: Alex ARCURRA