Melbourne Victory recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Adelaide United in the Foxtel Y-League on Sunday.
A 75th-minute goal from Nishan Velupillay was enough for Victory to grab three points in the Conference A clash at Jack Smith Park.
Victory bounced back from its opening-round loss to Brisbane Roar in style, with the likes of Birkan Kirdar, Anthony Lesiotis, Josh Hope, Benjamin Carrigan and Jay Barnett all featuring.
Adelaide threatened early on as Victory goalkeeper Matthew Sutton denied Jai King-Byrne in a one-on-one.
The Reds almost broke the deadlock six minutes before half-time, Carlo Armiento curling an effort against the crossbar.
Sutton was forced into another save by King-Byrne in the 70th minute to keep Victory level.
And the visitor took the lead five minutes later through Velupillay, who opened the scoring just three minutes after coming on.
That proved to be enough for Victory, which will play its first home game of the season against Perth Glory on Friday.
Head coach Gareth Naven’s post-match thoughts
“I talked at the start of the week about what we need to do and this week we obviously defended and attacked the way we should do things and will do things. I thought it was a really good team effort in regards to the attitude and application of the players. Players from the A-League group – the young scholarship players with Lesiotis, Barnett, Carrigan, past youth player with us – obviously contribute already to our youth players and obviously bring a level of standard that is normal for a youth team to perform. I think it was a really important step in the right direction collectively so really happy with everyone’s contribution.”
Foxtel Y-League 2019/20 Round 2
Adelaide United 0
Melbourne Victory 1 (Nishan Velupillay 75′)
Melbourne Victory: Matthew Sutton (gk) (c), Aaron Anderson, Benjamin Carrigan, Dalibor Markovic, So Nishikawa, Anthony Lesiotis, Jay Barnett, Josh Hope, Birkan Kirdar, Joshua Varga (Nishan Velupillay 72′), Lleyton Brooks (Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio 45′).