I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Melbourne derby on Saturday between Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory and what a match it was.
Victory hasn’t done well in the derby in the last couple of occasions so it doesn’t sit well with both the supporters and players alike. It was absolutely paramount that we get a win, both for pride and to keep our position on the table to put pressure on Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United.
Something that I’ve noticed with Victory’s play was that we no longer rely heavily on long balls to our strikers. Ange came into the team this season after winning the Grand Final with Brisbane Roar last season with their slick passing game and it seems like he intended for Victory to play the same kind of football.
We played our usual passing game and Rojas and Archie were a constant menace with their running but struggled to find a break through in the first half. Heart was their usual lively self with Fred pulling the strings and they looked dangerous every time they came forward.
The second half came alive when Rojas scored a well worked goal from a deflected Milligan cross before Fred equalizing from a Marronne cross with just 8 minutes of the goal remaining.
The match looked like it was going to end in a draw until Archie Thompson popped up in stoppage time to get onto a Rojas pass to dink the ball over Clint Bolton to win the derby for Victory.
Absolutely amazing stuff. The Melbourne Victory supporters were going mad and the Heart supporters sitting around me were all dumbfounded.
This is why football is the most amazing sport to watch. The emotions you experience is almost like a roller coaster ride but when your team wins it, and in such an amazing fashion in stoppage time, it’s just indescribable.
Victory fans were singing for an least another half an hour after the game ended. Definitely the best fans in the league.
Coincidentally, on the same night, Singapore was playing Thailand in the 2nd leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
Singapore played and beat Thailand 3-1 in the first leg of the final at the Jalan Besar Stadium and went into the second leg in Thailand in confident mood.
The Thais came out all guns blazing in the second leg and was bombarding the Singaporean goal with attack after attack and managed to score a single goal to beat Singapore.
The result wasn’t enough to overturn the 3-1 deficit in the first leg and Singapore won the coveted South East Asian title for a record 4th time.
Champions of South East Asia again! Champione!