Melbourne Victory suffered their second successive defeat of the NPL2 West season at Epping Stadium on Sunday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Werribee City FC.
Josh Hope opened the scoring in the 8th minute, converting a penalty he won following a long run into the box.
Werribee had the better of the possession early, while Victory looked threatening on the counter. The home side, however, were caught offside on a number of occasions, prematurely ending attacks.
A stunning strike reminiscent of Dimi Petratos’ goal against Melbourne Victory in the A-League on Saturday night restored parity for Werribee. They took the lead in the 27th minute, with a long ball up the left flank catching the Victory defence off guard.
Victory had the first real chance of the second half through Jack Palazzolo but his shot flew over the bar.
Werribee continued to pepper the goals and chances for Victory were limited until Brandon Lauton maneuvered his way through four defenders to shoot in the 72nd minute. The resulting ball cannoned into the crossbar and was tipped out by the goalkeeper.
The away side had the better of the opportunities to increase their lead, but the Victory defense held strong. Victory, no matter how much pace up front they had, just could not find an equaliser as the game finished 2-1
NPL2 West 2019 Round 3
Melbourne Victory 1 (Hope 8’)
Werribee City 2 (Collett 22’, Goodwin 27’)
Melbourne Victory: Matthew Sutton (gk), Luke Goulding (67’ Diaz), Aaron Anderson, Benjamin Carrigan (c), Aydin Mustedanagic, Brandon Lauton, Josh Hope (60’ Iradukunda), Jack Morton, Rahmat Akbari (60’ Aye), Yazid Said, Jack Palazzolo.
Victory’s under 20’s lost 1-0 to Werribee City courtesy of a second-half goal.
Melbourne Victory travel to Dunstan Reserve to face Brunswick City next Saturday afternoon.