Berisha pleased with Victory focus

06 August 2015 04:44:14 EST

Striker Besart Berisha was delighted with the way Melbourne Victory hit the ground running in their first game since they won the A-League Grand Final in May.

Victory thrashed Balmain Tigers 6-0 in the FFA Cup Round of 32, equalling the competition record they had set last year against Tuggeranong United.

The squad have only been back in training for three weeks, as the A-League doesn't kick off until October, but Albania international Berisha praised their first-up efforts and felt young duo Thomas Deng and Jesse Makarounas were outstanding.

Berisha said: "A lot of players when they win something they go slow, but they (Victory teammates) are professional and their attitude is right. The way we're training, we've been focused and switched on very early and you can see everyone wants to be a part of this team.

You can see everyone wants to be a part of this team.

Besart Berisha

"This is what counts a team that just won (the title) to stay like this, they want to achieve something."

Makarounas linked up with Berisha as the striker opened the scoring on 11 minutes and played well in central midfield alongside Leigh Broxham.

Deng, making his senior debut, looked assured in the centre of defence while teenage sub George Howard scored just after coming on for Berisha.

"It was a good performance from us, I was very impressed with Thomas Deng and Jesse Makarounas, they were unbelievable," said Berisha. "We need all the players; young players are hungry and waiting for their chance."

Melbourne Victory are 1212/1 to win the A-League Grand Final.

Meanwhile, last season's beaten Grand Finalists Sydney FC got their FFA Cup challenge off to a good start when they scored just two minutes into their tie away to Sorrento FC at nib Stadium.

Shane Smeltz notched the first goal in their 2-0 win, converting a penalty after Sorrento defender Lewis Hall brought down Robert Stambolziev.

The Sky Blues hit the woodwork twice in the first half, and Smeltz saw a second penalty just after the interval, saved by keeper James Morgan.

Substitute Max Burgess' angled drive with 15 minutes left sealed the win for the Sky Blues.

Sydney FC are 11/10 to win their first game of the A-League season against Melbourne City, who are 23/10 with the draw 5/2.

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