Victory claim derby honours

08 February 2015 09:42:51 EST
Besart Berisha was on target as Victory defeated City in the Melbourne derby.

Melbourne Victory picked up another decisive derby win as they beat Melbourne City 3-0 at a packed Etihad Stadium to move within a point of leaders Perth Glory.

Victory had been talking during the week of their confidence that they would prove too strong for John van 't Schip's side if they played to their potential, and so it proved.

Having beaten City 5-2 in the first derby of the season, their goals this time meant they have the best goal difference in the league and are averaging more than two per game.

A sticky patch around the Christmas holidays saw them lose twice in three games, but Kevin Muscat's side have ridden that out and since boosted their premiership chances.

The three goals had plenty of quality about them, starting in the 10th minute when Leigh Broxham fed Kosta Barbarouses on the right and he advanced on goal before squaring the ball for Besart Berisha to tap home.

Barbarouses went from provider to scorer eight minutes after the break, guiding a shot past keeper Andrew Redmayne after Gui Finkler sent in an in-swinging free-kick from the right.

It was game over just after the hour mark as City lost the ball near the halfway line and Barbarouses' through-ball found Berisha. The Albanian striker teed up Fahid Ben Khalfallah for a precise shot into the corner.

Australia international Josh Kennedy, making his City debut off the bench, came close to pulling a goal back but he was denied by the feet of keeper Nathan Coe.

The defeat means City, despite suffering just their second loss in seven games, are just one point clear of seventh-placed Brisbane Roar in the chase for a Finals Series spot.

Victory are 4/6 to win the Grand Final, while City can be backed at 1212/1.

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