Departing Bonevacia the difference in groundbreaking encounter
The Victory’s AAMI park unbeaten record finally fell in Round 25 as 10 man Melbourne Victory went down to the Wellington Phoenix. It was the first time that the Victory have been kept scoreless at home in 12 months.
Two first-half solo long-range goals by Bonevacia and a final minute Shane Smeltz clincher separated the two sides. It was a sloppy game all round and it ended in open disarray after the red card.
The Phoenix have to win all their remaining games and hope other results go their way if they are to progress to the playoffs.
Besart Berisha remains stranded on 99 goals and Leigh Broxham will have to wait to reach a milestone 150 Victory wins on a forgettable night for the home side.
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Laurence Thomas — 5.5: Could do nothing about the long-range goals. Made the saves he needed to.
Jason Geria — 2.5: An error strewn performance from the right back. Picked up a needless yellow card and will miss the next game.
James Donachie — 3: The defense fell apart and he was at the centre of it.
Alan Baro — 3: Received his marching orders with twenty minutes to go, until then his game had been reasonable.
Daniel Georgievski — 3: A decent performance going forward and tracking back. Not good enough to make a difference tonight however.
Carl Valeri — 3: Was outplayed by the Phoenix midfield today. Struggled to cope.
Leigh Broxham — 5: Class throughout. The warrior continued to battle on and on even when his team mates gave up.
James Troisi — 6: Grew into the game and looked better when Melbourne were down to 10 men. Was the Victory’s best player.
Marco Rojas — 5: Normally so good going forward, he looked jaded tonight.His lack of defensive work cost his side as Doyle was free to make overlapping runs.
Besart Berisha — 4: Couldn’t make an impact in this match and didn’t score in a game against the Nix for a second time in a row.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah — 3: Completely anonymous in the first half, showed up in the second and made some nice passes but was subbed off for Jai Ingham.
Jai Ingham — 5: Came on for Ben-Khalfallah. Immediately direct, got fouled a lot and looked decent.
Nick Ansell — N/A: On for Geria with 15 minutes to go. No impact.
Lewis Italiano — 8: Kept his place after last week’s performance and with his dad watching in the stands he did himself proud.
Matthew Ridenton — N/A: A tough evening for the youngster, went down with a suspected ACL injury 15 minutes into the game. A long road to recovery looms. We wish him the best.
Andrew Durante — 8: Came back from a superlative two games with the All Whites and made only one mistake the whole game.
Marco Rossi — 8: The Italian lived up to his country’s reputation. Tough tackling, no-nonsense play, mixed with precision passing when necessary.
Tom Doyle — 6: Returned to the starting line-up and turned in a professional performance. Struggled defending Rojas at times but bombed forward well.
Alex Rodriguez — 7: His distribution was clean and his defensive work ethic is much improved.
Guilherme Finkler — 6.5: The Brazilian returned to his former haunt and put in an assured shift in the centre of the park.
Vince Lia — 7: Worked hard and despite being booked early, kept his cool and continued to tackle with panache.
Kosta Barbarouses — 7: Was very good last week and continued that form into this one.
Roy Krishna — 8: The Fijian is the most dangerous and consistent player in the Phoenix side. He proved that again tonight.
Roly Bonevacia — 4: Two thunderous long range finishes and an all-round man-of-the match performance.
Dylan Fox — 7: Came on in the first 15 minutes for the injured Matt Ridenton. Acquitted himself very well.
Shane Smeltz — 5: Replaced Finkler. Continued his excellent goal scoring record against the Victory in his 50th game for the Nix. Wasted some gilt-edged opportunities at the death.
Michael McGlinchey — N/A: Michael McGlinchey got the last 10 minutes of the game, he came on for Rodriguez.