Victory outgun United

Melbourne Victory has kept its Westfield W-League finals hopes alive with a comfortable 3-0 win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne Victory has kept its Westfield W-League finals hopes alive with a comfortable 3-0 win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.

The Victory, piloted by two goals to Selin Kuralay, were rarely troubled and the result was seldom in doubt.

In the 36th minute, Kuralay, recently returned from the United States, put Melbourne in front when she rebounded an easy goal from a deflected save from under-siege Adelaide goalie Sian McLaren.

Kuralay's strike broke the shackles after a prolonged arm-wrestle in which neither side could muster any real initiative.

Melbourne took a 1-0 lead into the sheds at half-time, Adelaide ruing a golden chance to equalise in the 41st minute when striker Sharon Black missed a penalty shot to the left.

Black's attempt came after Brittany Timko, after slipping the ball through her opponent's legs near goal, was felled well inside the box.

The Victory opened the game up after the interval, the visitors really putting their collective foot on the accelerator.

Melbourne peppered its goal repeatedly in the second half and was finally rewarded through Daniela Digiammarco who headed one into the back of the net in the 64th minute from a perfectly executed and textbook corner kick from Marlies Oostdam.

Kuralay added the icing to the cake when she went on a solo run and converted in the 70th minute for her second and Melbourne's third of the afternoon.

Deanna Niceski and Sarah Groenewald had some close calls late in the piece while the best efforts of Black and Donna Cockayne for the Reds went unrewarded as the Victory proved far too strong.

Melbourne coach Matt Shepherd could not have been more thrilled with the way the afternoon unfolded.

"It was our day today," he said.

"The game was very even at the start, then we got the first breakthrough with the first goal."

"From there, when they (Adelaide) missed the penalty, I got the feeling it was just going to be one of those days."

"We were good enough to build on it in the second half and that was what made the difference in the end."

Match Details

Adelaide United 0 Melbourne Victory 3 (Selin Kuralay 36-/71-, Daniela Digiammarco 64-)

Saturday 29 November 2008 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Referee: Prue Donohoe Assistant Referees: Stacey Sasopoulos & Skye McCabe Fourth Official: Elvis Mustafic

Adelaide United line-up: 20.Sian McLAREN (gk), 2.Renee HARRISON, 3.Sarah AMORIM, 4.Dianne ALAGICH (c) (5.Angela FIMMANO 74-), 6.Kristyn SWAFFER, 9.Stephanie TOKICH, 10.Victoria BALOMENOS, 11.Sharon BLACK, 13.Leah ROBINSON, 14.Donna COCKAYNE (15.Lauren CHILVERS 65-), 17.April MANN (7.Racheal QUIGLEY 57-)

Substitutes Not Used: 30.Kristi HARVEY (gk)

Yellow Cards: Donna Cockayne 63-, Sarah Amorim 88- Red Cards: Nil

Melbourne Victory line-up: 1.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 3.Marlies OOSTDAM, 4.Tal KARP (c), 6.Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 7.Sarah GROENEWALD (16.Bronwyn NUTLEY 90-), 9.Rebecca TEGG (17.Alisha FOOTE 71-), 11.Brittany TIMKO, 12.Sophie HOGBEN, 14.Selin KURALAY, 15.Daniela DIGIAMMARCO, 19.Enza BARILLA (21.Sarah RICHARDSON 71-)

Substitutes Not Used: 20.Nicole PAUL (gk)

Yellow Cards: Daniela Digiammarco 40-, Sarah Groenewald 77- Red Cards: Nil