Men’s Match Report: Points Shared In Friday Night Lights

Melbourne Victory played out another dramatic 1-1 draw to remain undefeated to start the season.


Victory came out of the blocks firing in just the 3rd minute when Zinedine Machach managed to keep the ball at his feet in the box, getting a shot off only for it to end up in the keeper’s hands.

Daniel Arzani was busy early in the contest sending a dangerous knuckle-ball towards goal, but it ultimately flew over the woodwork.

Victory’s early momentum came to fruition when Ryan Teague rattled the back of the net in the 15th minute after Jason Geria sent a low cross into the box.

Not looking to slow down, Victory was on the hunt for a second as Daniel Arzani had a shot saved by the Phoenix keeper and one fly tantalisingly close to the crossbar.

After dominating much of the possession, it was Wellington who would land the next major blow.

An own goal from Damien Da Silva saw the Phoenix draw level in the 41st minute, just on the edge of halftime.

Not long after, Wellington thought they were about to strike again after a penalty was awarded, but the decision was ultimately overturned.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 10: Nishan Velupillay of Melbourne Victory controls the ball during the A-League Men round four match between Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park, on November 10, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Tony Popovic’s side started the second half just like the first and looked to strike almost immediately after a penalty was awarded for handball, however, once again, the decision was overturned.

Another penalty to Victory was not awarded after Ben Folami was brought down in the box.

The boys in blue continued to create chance after chance to no avail as Wellington held firm looking to play out for a draw.

Just as the final whistle approached, Rai Marchan almost pulled the impossible as his volley from outside the box sailed just wide of the post.

The spoils though were ultimately shared, with neither side able to find the winning goal.

Victory’s unbeaten start to the season continues, having claimed eight points from their opening four games.


Melbourne Victory 1 (Teague 15′)
Wellington Phoenix 1 (own goal 41′)


Isuzu UTE A-League – Round 5
Macarthur Bulls v Melbourne Victory
Friday 24 November
Kick-off: 7.45pm (AEDT)
Campbelltown Sports Stadium