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Jan 14, 2018   |  8:09AM AET

Ayres revels in latest screamer

Ayres revels in latest screamer

Melbourne Victory attacker Melina Ayres revealed she simply backed herself after another screamer helped her side to a Derby win.

Ayres scored an incredible 35-yard goal in the 71st minute before Christina Gibbons’ winner saw Victory past City 2-1 on Sunday.

The 18-year-old won the ball before instinctively chipping Lydia Williams from distance, adding to the wonderful goal she scored against Brisbane Roar in Round 10.

“I saw her dribbling and I was like, ‘I’ll just back myself, try and win it’,” Ayres said.

“Once I did, I saw she was a bit off her line so I thought I’d throw it on the boot and it went in.”

The stunning win marked Victory’s third of the season, keeping its slim finals chances alive.

Ayres said Jeff Hopkins’ team would continue pushing for a top-four finish.

“I think we’re starting to gel as a team a lot better and I’m getting more confidence in this league and it’s good,” she said.

“Obviously it’s going to be pretty tough for us to make finals, but we’re not giving up yet and we backed ourselves coming into this game and we’re just very happy we could pull it off.”