Victory maintain dominance

Melbourne has continued its dominance over Adelaide and won the re-match between last year's grand finalists with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday.

Melbourne has continued its dominance over Adelaide and won the re-match between last year's grand finalists with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday.

Victory stunned the home side with an early goal, remained composed as a trademark slugfest unfolded before Grant Brebner made sure of the result with an opportunist score from close range in the 89th minute.

The result extends the Victory's winning sequence against the Reds to seven matches and sees them move through the mid-table logjam and into fourth spot.

United never looked in the hunt but will be rueing a raft of missed opportunities and at times sloppy play.

Melbourne Victory took the lead in the sixth minute when Nick Ward caught Eugene Galekovic off guard.

Streaming down the right side, Ward centred the ball from a tight angle and squeezed the ball past the Reds goalkeeper who failed to cover the front post.

It was a tense and fierce contest for most of the second half but a desperate Adelaide opened up a second opportunity for Melbourne by a keeping a seemingly harmless ball in play.

A fleet-footed Archie Thompson knocked the ball into the teeth of goal and after some frantic moments Brebner knocked it home from close range.

After scoring the early goal, Melbourne was a dangerous, attacking force with its crisp and decisive possession around the box causing plenty of concerns for United's defence.

Tom Pondeljak was just off target with his back heel at the ninth minute while he and Thompson both tried to chip the ball over the top of the keeper half an hour into the contest.

And the visitors weren't afraid to get physical with captain Kevin Muscat and Leigh Broxham picking up yellow cards for poor tackles.

Adelaide struggled for touch but threatened to find the equaliser with four probing corners and some dipping free kicks from Scott Jamieson.

At the 40th minute Iain Fyfe was caught in two minds and failed to pull the trigger from inside the box while an Adam Hughes lacked penetration with his header closing in half time - both plays epitomizing the frustrating session of play for the home side.

It was a similar story for the Reds during the early stages of the second half with Lloyd Owusu missing a couple of 'half' chances.

Melbourne's approach wasn't as urgent but it also had chances to make an impact - Hernandez and Ward had shots on goal while at the 77th minute Thompson's shot was flicked over the crossbar.

Adelaide United 0 Melbourne Victory 2 (Ward 6, Brebner 89) Crowd: 15,038 at Hindmarsh Stadium