Melbourne City claim bragging rights and remain top of the table in the Round 5 Melbourne Derby.
It was a hard fought game between the two Melbourne sides, and one that looked as though it was going to finish in a draw for quite some time - that is, until non-other than Yukari Kinga made it 1-0 for Melbourne City in the 89th minute. Steph Cately slipped a ball in behind for Kinga to provide the pinpoint finish in the top corner.
City had a chance to go in front earlier in the match when Emily Van Egmond took a penalty after a handball in the box, but Casey Dumont got down low and saved the attempt.
Melbourne City had more possession and more momentum for majority of the game, but Victory defended well and were unlucky to concede in the last minute of regular time.
Read below to see how each player fared in the Round 5 Melbourne derby!
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Lydia Williams – 6.5
Didn’t have too much to do but did the basics confidently and effectively.
Rebekah Stott – 7
Controlled the game from the back and play out well.
Emma Checker – 7
Defended well and organised the structure of her team efficiently.
Lauren Barnes - 7
Copped a yellow card whilst defending, played a solid game
Steph Catley – 7
Provided pace on the wing and created some attacking chances for her side
Yukari Kinga - 8.5
Clever play, found the space in the midfield and did her defensive duties adequately too. Scored the winning goal from a gorgeous finish in the 89th minute.
Aivi Luik - 7
Played some good attacking balls into space going forward.
Ellie Carpenter – 7.5
A number of good runs out wide and into the box, played multiple crosses into the area that couldn’t be capitalised on.
Claire Emslie – 7
Not to her full potential as shown in previous weeks, but still managed to get some quality crosses into the area – was replaced by Kyah Simon due to an possible injury.
Emily Van Egmond 7.5
Exceptional passing game and got in good positions in front of goal.
Milica Mijatovic – 7
Made some good runs but wasn’t given the right service to do her usual magic.
Kyah Simon – 6.5
Came on for Emslie at half time. Did her job well enough to help her team build momentum and win the match.
Dobson – N/A
Casey Dumont – 9
Got down to low balls well, in top form. Saved Van Egmond’s penalty to keep Victory in the game – read the penalty well and got down low and left.
Teigen Allen – 6.5
Played well overall, put her body on the line when defending. Was replaced by Privitelli due to a quad injury.
Emily Menges – 7
Worked hard to break up the opposition’s attack, intercepted and cleared the ball well in defence.
Jenna McCormick - 7
Defended well against a strong Melbourne City attack.
Hannah Beard – 6.5
Worked hard in defence but was under a lot of pressure from Melbourne City’s forward players.
Melina Ayres – 6.5
Played well and defended well, but nothing outstanding in a difficult match.
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Haley Hanson – 7
Got back quickly to defend and attempted to play forwards where possible.
Annalie Longo – 6.5
Used her pace to create opportunities up front but was difficult with Melbourne’s steadfast defence.
Grace Maher – 6.5
Worked hard and tried to create attacking chances but turned the ball over when attempting to play through Melbourne City’s tight defence.
Natasha Dowie – 7.5
The captain was strong and quick on the ball and created some great attacking opportunities for her side.
Darian Jenkins – 6.5
Played a solid game defensively and put some quality crosses in offensively.
Lia Privitelli – 6.5
Replaced Teigen Allen - good pace on the wing and made an impact in her 20-minute stint