Victory muscle up to down Jets in second half


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90+ CHANCE Victory finishing strong. Butterfield creating in the box for an opportunity that goes begging.

90+ CARD Abimanyu shown the yellow for a late challenge 

90+ CARD Lauton gets a yellow for time wasting

90′ Six minutes additional time added

89′ FOUL Brooks taken late by Abimanyu

86′ Jets corner. Najjarine finds Topor-Stanley on the back stick but the ball goes well over.

85′ Victory corner kick finds the head of Lawrie-Lattanzio but the ball sails over the sticks.

83′ SUB Prso off for Abimanyu

81′ CARD Lawrie-Lattanzio yellowed for a foul on Prso

78′ GOAL Our backs are in all-sorts. A lovely one-two and Victory find the net through Brooks.

74′ SUB Krasniqi on for Yuel

71′ SUB Kirdar on for Brimmer 

69′ SUB O’Donovan off for Hoffman

68′ INJURY Ansell down grabbing his head

67′ CHANCE Yuel crosses for O’Donovan who dives with the header but it goes wide. There was a touch from Victory. Jets corner.

65′ CARD Thurgate gets a yellow for a shirt pull as he broke down the Victory attack

63′ CARD Butterfield shown the yellow for a late tackle on Najjarine

62′ SAVE Italiano denies Butterfield

59′ SUB Folami off for Brooks

57′ CHANCE Yuel goes on a run, turns the ball onto his right boot and launches a rocket which just goes over the timber.


52′ VAR DENIES GOAL We hit straight back courtesy of a header from Yuel. Ball pinballed around and bounced up off the ground to Yuel. VAR says Yuel offside. Goal will not count.

47′ GOAL Millar jockeying Folami. Victory get a corner. Ball floats in, Ryan gets a head to it and has scored for Victory.

45′ Victory kick the second half off

WATCH: Our goal from earlier:



45′ Fourth official indicates an additional minute of play

40′ Half a chance for Victory after some lovely work by Folami but O’Toole clears the ball away.

39′ FREE KICK Now Butterfield has taken out Prso

38′ FREE KICK O’Donovan whacked in the back at halfway.

34′ FREE KICK Yuel was fouled by McManaman inside the Victory half. We keep play going. Najjarine has a shot which takes a deflection but Acton makes the save.

32′ CHANCE Najjarine misses a shot on goal. 


26′ O’Donovan looks on today. Has had some lovely touches. Yuel with another nice run but Victory defend the attacking raid well.

24′ FREE KICK O’Donovan has been attracting a lot of attention. We get the corner following the free kick attempt. Najjarine swings it to the back post. Finds the head of Topor-Stanley who finds Prso and he has a red hot crack but Acton makes the save.

22′ INJURY Yuel is down grabbing his knee after getting tangled in a tackle. Looks like he’ll run it out.

18′ GOAL JETS It started with a run from O’Toole who linked with Yuel. Yuel crossed into the box for O’Donovan, the poke to Stamatelopoulos and AP does the rest.

16′ FREE KICK Thurgate attracts the free kick as Topor-Stanley looks long but Acton is there to collect the ball intended for O’Donovan.



11′ Lovely run from O’Donovan into the 18-yard box. He secures a corner. Najjarine takes it but Victory clear it away via the head.

9′ CHANCE Roy links with Najjarine inside the box, he crosses looking for Yuel but the pass has too much on it. Another chances goes begging.

8′ CHANCE Yuel with a lovely touch on the chest into a volley but there was way too much on it and he sprays the ball.

7′ Roy O’Donovan putting pressure on the Victory backs, forces the keeper to kick out and Jets have the throw-in.

4′ SAVE Italiano with the diving save. Folami with the hsot from the edge of the box after Victory stole the ball deep in Jets territory. 

2′ We’ve had the bulk of possession early. Topor-Stanley finds Millar and we have a throw-in. Into the 18-yeard box but the ball is stolen and now we’ve given away a free kick for a late tackle by O’Donovan.

0′ We kick off at McDonald Jones Stadium.

3.03pm: The teams are on the pitch and kick-off is moments away.


2.30pm: The opposition.

2pm: The starting team has been named, the sun is shining and the pitch is in mint condition. Let’s do this.