Victory break home hoodoo as resurgence claims Jets

Melbourne Victory finally notched their first home success of the season with a crucial 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Beaten 4-1 by Ernie Merrick's men in November, Victory exacted a measure of revenge as Kosta Barbarouses and Besart Berisha scored either side of Jason Hoffman's second in as many matches.

Mark Milligan spurned a chance to put the result beyond doubt from the spot, but his failure to convert proved inconsequential as the home side did enough to momentarily climb above rivals Melbourne City.


  • With the first real sight of goal, Hoffman headed over from Nikolai Topor-Stanley's delicate dinked pass in behind.
  • Victory's pressing pinned back the Jets and resulted in a well-constructed opening goal through Barbarouses shortly after the half-hour.
  • Leroy George so nearly doubled the advantage, only to see his firm low effort come back off the base of the far post.
  • But it was all square on the stroke of half-time as Hoffman netted for the second successive match.
  • Parity lasted fewer than eight minutes of the second half as Berisha fired Victory back ahead with his fifth of the campaign.
  • Milligan should have made the game safe from the spot on the hour, but Glen Moss kept out his meek penalty after Ivan Vujica had bundled over Jason Geria.
  • Hoffman again headed a good chance over from Dimitri Petratos' teasing cross and that proved to be Newcastle's final opportunity.
Besart Berisha
Besart Berisha fired in the winner after half-time.


Barbarouses, Melbourne Victory 33': 1-0

Mark Milligan released Jason Geria into the area and the defender's cut-back was superbly swept inside the left post by Barbarouses.

Hoffman, Newcastle Jets 45'+1: 1-1

Steven Ugarkovic drove through midfield and threaded a perfect through ball for Hoffman, who finished coolly in a one-on-one.

Berisha, Melbourne Victory 53': 2-1

After Milligan won possession in midfield, Berisha raced onto George's first-time ball over the top and thumped his finish inside Moss' near post.