Melbourne is navy blue as Victory recorded a 2-0 win over their cross town rivals in the first Melbourne derby of season 11 of the W-League at AAMI Park on Friday night.
It’s the first time Victory have recorded back-to-back derby wins in the fixtures existence.
Elise Kellond-Knight's first half own goal and Matilda Emily Gielnik's 64th minute strike sealed the win.
City was forced into a makeshift back four where Kellond-Knight slotted into centre back besides Lauren Barnes with Theresa Nielsen and Tyla-Jay Vlajnic as the full backs.
Tameka Butt was brought into the starting XI for her City debut following two full games for the Matildas against Chile.
While Victory has to tinker with its line up as traffic kept Kyra Cooney-Cross out of the starting XI and almost prevented Laura Alleway from taking her place in the backline.
A relatively even but uneventful first half was punctuated by Victory’s lone goal. Natasha Dowie’s shot from outside the box had Lydia Williams scrambling to make the save.
The consequent corner was played short with Christine Nairn and Gielnik playing a quick one two before Gielnik floated a ball into the box. While Dowie was on the scene it came off the head of Kellond-Knight.
City’s best chance of the half came in the 35th minute. Jasmyne Spencer played in Butt who forced Casey Dumont into making a big save.
After the break Victory looked the more likely to score. Christine Nairn was at her brilliant best playing a long ball out to Gielnik who shot from an acute angle, not dissimilar to her goal for the Matildas against Chile but couldn’t find the back of the net.
In the 64th minute, Victory doubled its advantage with Gielnik getting her goal. It came off the back of Dowie pressuring the City player in the middle of the park and creating the turnover. She then unleashed Gielnik who made no mistake.
City did create some chances with Tameka Butt and Yukari Kinga combining but unable to beat Dumont. The team in light blue also had multiple chances from dead ball situations but shot them straight at Dumont.
Victory could have added a third with Gielnik, Nairn and Dowie combining once again for a few different chances. However, Lydia Williams was up to the task on both occasions.
The win takes Victory to seven points and top of the table. The team travels to Sydney in a big blue double header next weekend, while City will look to bounce back against Perth Glory in the west.