Leroy George and Besart Berisha share the goals for Melbourne Victory, who claimed their first win of the season, in a 2-0 triumph over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday.
Mark Milligan and James Troisi returned from Socceroos duty and played pivotal roles in Melbourne’s win, while Perth continue to rotate their injury-struck squad, awarding a debut to 16-year-old, Jacob Italiano – the fourth youngest debutant in A-League history.
Despite some heroic defending from Perth’s Shane Lowry, Victory’s persistence paid off. Berisha and Victory will now hope to build on this performance, following a frustrating start to the season.
Liam Reddy - 6.5
Showed bravery to come out head first and claim a loose ball that was scuffed by Troisi. Was rooted to the spot when Berisha’s glancing header bounced off the post and straight into his welcoming arms. The shot-stopper also pulled off a great save to deny a Rhys Williams header in the first half.
Jeremy Walker - 4.5
A night to forget for the right back, after having to deal with the slippery threat of George. The 24-year-old was later caught the wrong side of Berisha for the opening goal.
Alex Grant - 5
A fairly poor performance from the defender. He would have been bitterly disappointed not to have cleared the initial threat, before Victory claimed their second goal of the game.
Shane Lowry - 8
Without him, Glory could have conceded five. Lowry put his body on the line to block multiple Victory shots and the defeat does not reflect his individual performance.
Joseph Mills - 7
Took his fair share of bumps and bruises from the visitors, but never turned away from a tackle. The Englishman’s quick bursts of pace often got the better of Jason Geria in Victory’s defence.