The biggest build up in years, the biggest names we’ve seen and a crowd that packed every inch of the stadium; Melbourne truly produced a derby that had it all.
Emotion, Passion, Talent and plenty of goals.
The electric atmosphere from start to finish was something you just can’t replicate which is credit to the passionate supporters of the home team Melbourne Victory who didn’t stop singing all night.
It was a game of emotions as City silenced the home fans drawing first blood with an opening headed goal from defender Rob Wielaert due to some extremely poor defending at the far post.
City’s first 20 minutes was a carbon copy of their dominating possession game that they’ve demonstrated in previous weeks, but once again sloppy defence was their kryptonite.
Victory were temporarily stunned by the new outfit served up by their cross-town rivals.
But breaking through the lethargic start was none other than Archie Thompson who equalised sending the Victory fans into frenzy. Despite appeals for offside, the poor marking was the real downfall for City.
The derby was quickly living up to its expectations.
As quickly as they took the lead, they were behind again. City took the lead again three minutes later as Aaron Mooy tallied up his second assist after a beautiful cross found the head of Hoffman.
Back and forth, tip for tat began to patter out before the rhythm of game finally began to come alive.
As things started to heat up the players found themselves throwing in to questionable challenges. There was definitely no leaving anything on the field tonight.
The game saw 33 fouls and also yellow tickets for Besart Berisha and Aaron Mooy after throwing themselves into unnecessary challenges near the bench.
After an energetic Sky Blue tide, the second half changed dramatically towards Melbourne’s darker blue. Victory’s marquee man Besart Berisha slotted three goals in a row to complete his game winning hat-trick .
The game was done. The Derby was over. 5 – 2. Victory took the City.
Words by Ari Charilaou. Photography by Aleks Jason.