Gielnik: Derby win means so much


Melbourne Victory attacker Emily Gielnik revelled in her team’s 2-0 win over City in the Derby on Friday.

Gielnik scored her first goal for Victory with a fine finish in the second half at AAMI Park, that strike and Elise Kellond-Knight’s own goal extending the club’s unbeaten start to the Westfield W-League season to three games.

The Westfield Matilda, who also scored for Australia against Chile on Tuesday, enjoyed Victory’s success and said it meant a lot.

“I’m feeling good. This is so important, especially for people who grew up here and played for this club for such a long time,” Gielnik told Fox Sports.

“I knew how much it meant to everyone and now, being part of this club, it means so much to me.

“I’m out of my scoring drought, I hope they just keep on going from now on.”

Victory has collected seven points from its opening three games to sit top of the table.

Gielnik, 26, was delighted with Victory’s ruthlessness against City, particularly after struggling to take its chances in its first two games.

“After the first two games, I feel like we were just settling in and tonight I think defensively we were outstanding,” she said.

“I’m just really, really happy with how we played and we took our chances.

“We’ve been getting a lot of the ball but we haven’t been executing but tonight we did so I’m very, very pleased.”