Reigning champions Melbourne Victory defeated Newcastle Jets 2-1 in their second meeting since last season’s decider.
Carl Valeri – 6
As usual nothing special from the veteran in the centre of the park but he always does the job required from a captain by giving a solid display each week.
Josh Hope – 6.5
Showed a few bursts of what he is capable of here and there but struggled to be on the same wavelength as Antonis and Troisi. Subbed.
Terry Antonis – 7.5
Was at the centre of everything good from a Victory perspective in the opening period but couldn’t replace that ruthlessness missing through Keisuke Honda.
Did provide a glimpse of what Victory have been missing with a superb first time finish just minutes into the second half. Subbed.
James Troisi – 6
Was able to get on the ball plenty in the opening half, but from ineffective areas. That continued for most of the second period, except when the 30-year-old put his side back in front with an emphatic finish late on.
Ola Toivonen – 6
Was a passenger in the first half, although that was mostly due to poor service from the midfield. Showed a couple of world class touches in the second half but had an off night overall. Subbed.
Kenny Athiu – 6.5
Looked a little off the pace early on but grew into the game by playing to his strengths - his physicality and hold up play. Provided a magnificent assist for the opener by laying the ball on a plate for Antonis.
Raul Baena – 6
Showed a nice piece of skill in the lead up to Troisi’s goal as he steps up his return from injury.
Elvis Kamsoba – 6
Was brought on to play alongside Athiu in a front pair but looks as if he is more suited on the right or left of the diamond.
Kosta Barbarouses – N/A
Came on for Antonis right at the end to take some time off the clock.