Victory tied on points for first
Melbourne Victory have started the season of very well by signalling their intent to the other teams in the league by being tied on points with 1st place at the end of the opening month of the season, after which they have played 3 games in the league.
2 Melbourne Victory- Mebourne Heart 1
Goals- Pablo Contreras 19 Harry Kewell 21
Matthew Thompson 30
The highly anticipated first game of the season for both of these local rivals lived up to the billing, after a highly action packed first half, where Hearts striker Kewell equalised after defender Pablo Contreras opening the scoring for Victory, who retook their lead exactly half an hour into the game, when former Hearts' player, Matthew Thompson fired home on his debut to give his side the crucial lead, which they held through the second half, and the match ended 2-1 to Victory.
0 Adelaide United FC- Melbourne Victory 1
Goals- Archie Thompson 75
Victory played their 2nd game of the season away from home, in what would prove to be a fairly drab encounter, with both sides cancelling each other for most of the game. The breakthrough didn't come until the 75th minute when veteran striker, Archie Thompson was slipped through, and he poked a neat finish past the helpless opposition keeper. The win was however, slightly overshadowed by the injury to Victory midfielder, Mitch Nicolls.
3 Melbourne Victory - Brisbane Roar 1
Goals- Leigh Broxham 8 Caleb Folan 41
Mark Milligan (pen) 32
Marko Pantelic 37
Another first half goal fest led to an exciting encounter at AAMI Park in Melbourne. The first goal came via a great cross from Milligan, which was met by Leigh Broxham at the far post. Milligan then went on to score himself, after Victory were awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute, which he coolly tucked away without hesitation. New signing Marko Pantelic put away the 3rd on his debut, and assured a Victory win, despite a 41st minute consolation goal from Caleb Folan.
A really impressive start to the season for us, which not only produced 3 good wins against strong sides, but boosted our the squad's confidence massively, and has made them believe that the title is a realistic target for us this season.
Player of the Month
There was one stand out player this month, and that was our captain Mark Milligan. Mark put in some top quality performances this season, both attackingly and defensively, getting a goal and 2 assists, whilst remaining a rock in our back line, which was as a whole, very impressive.
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