Hopkins thrilled with clinical Victory display

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins was delighted with his side’s clinical display in a 6-0 win over Perth Glory on Sunday.

Melina Ayres and Kyra Cooney-Cross scored braces to go with goals from Claudia Bunge and Catherine Zimmerman at Epping Stadium as Victory secured a place in the Finals Series.

Victory will win the Premier’s Plate if it beats Sydney FC at Cromer Park on Wednesday.

Hopkins was thrilled with how clinical his team was against Perth as it produced an emphatic performance.

“Very happy. We talked about making sure that the periods of dominance we have in the game that we really turn those into pressure on the scoreboard and that we don’t leave ourselves in a position where we dominated the game and late in the game we still haven’t put the game to bed,” he said.

“We were pretty clinical today and I was really pleased with the players and for the players because it’s no more than they deserve.

“They played some really good football, we got into areas that we planned to get into which was in behind their defence early on in the game, we got them defending in their own half and it was good to see one or two players get a goal or two as well.

“It was good to see Melina, she’s worked so hard over the past three or four games, it was good to see her get a couple today. Kyra, I thought was excellent again. Our whole front three, Mindy (Barbieri) was great, Melina, Lisa (De Vanna).

“I was just really pleased with the performance and really pleased for the players because obviously they were really disappointed coming back from Sydney last weekend without getting to play the game and they’ve been brilliant in training this week, the way that they applied themselves, the way they went about things, really excellent, clinical, professional performance so really, really happy.”