Victory open pre-season with win


Melbourne Victory has started its pre-season with a 3-0 win against Port Melbourne at JL Murphy Reserve.

Callum Goulding, Christian Theoharous and Pierce Waring were the goalscorers on a cool evening in Port Melbourne, with Theoharous in particular impressing during his 15-minute cameo as a substitute.

The 17-year-old was involved immediately after coming on, and put the game beyond doubt when he doubled the lead on 78 minutes.

It was the first hit-out in Victory colours for Rhys Williams, who impressed playing alongside James Donachie.

Trialists Jun Jae Choi and Jackson Bandiera played 45 minutes each at left-back, while youth team midfielders Josh Hope and Cameron McGilp started alongside Leigh Broxham in the middle of the park.

Next up for Victory is a trip to Bentleigh Greens on Wednesday, August 2 as it continues preparations for the FFA Cup clash against Brisbane a week later.

Melbourne Victory 3 (Goulding 55’, Theoharous 79’, Waring 89’)
Port Melbourne 0

Melbourne Victory line-up

Lawrence Thomas (GK) (Matt Acton, 45’)
Jun Jae Choi (Jackson Bandiera, 45’)
Rhys Williams (Ben Carrigan, 79’)
James Donachie
Jason Geria
Cameron McGilp (Callum Goulding, 45’)
Leigh Broxham
Josh Hope
Mitch Austin (Christian Theoharous, 73’)
Besart Berisha (C) (Pierce Waring, 45’)
Jai Ingham (Nick Sette, 73’)