Second half comeback sees Jets take the victory

After a disappointing first half, our Jets managed to turn things around in the second half with two goals to seal the three points away from home.

Victory took the ascendency early in the game through multiple chances, and after having a goal disallowed for offside, they finally found their breakthrough in stoppage time with a Jake Brimmer goal.

Needing a revival, our team came out firing in the second half. Josh Brilliante saw a second yellow card and was removed from the field and almost immediately it looked as though we had the equaliser but Jason Hoffman’s goal was cancelled out for offside.

Nevertheless, the Jets didn’t stop, and managed a brilliant goal through Valentino Yuel before Beqa Mikeltadze slotted home the winner from the penalty spot soon after.

The victory now sees the Jets move to 11 points on the table and back within touching distance of the top six.

See below for the full play-by-play review of the game.


90+3′ Victory find space out wide and heading to goal, but Mauragis does well to track back and snuff out the danger.

90+2′ Duncan is called upon again from a header from the corner. This time not as dangerous as the last.

90+1′ Duncan comes up with a huge save off the corner!

90′ Hoffman comes in and makes a determined stop that was needed.

89′ Victory corner looks dangerous but instead Siatravanis intercepts and puts us on the offensive.

86′ 5 minutes of normal time remaining as our team look to hold on! So far, doing it well.

84′ Another double sub as Penha and Yuel both come off and Al-Taay and Siatravanis are subbed on.

82′ Brimmer whips in a dangerous free-kick in the penalty area. The ball is nodded towards goal, but sprays across the face of it.

78′ Our team is under a little bit of pressure as Victory begin to throw caution to the wind and launch more attacking raids.

72′ O’Doherty and Mauragis enter the game! Arques and Regan come off.

70′ GOALLLLL!!! MEL 1-2 NEW Mikeltadze delivers from the spot!

67′ We receive a penalty for a foul on Boumal!

66′ Since the first half, we’ve switched possession to 54% in our favour, and now are making 82% passing accuracy.

62′ Boumal enters the game taking off Grozos.

57′ GOAL!!!!! MEL 1-1 NEW Valentino Yuel jumps on the end of a brilliant cross from Penha and levels the game!

55′ Folami takes off down the wing and sprints towards goal. His strong shot is well parried away by Duncan.

52′ Hoffman hits the back of the net, but his goal is ruled out from an offside! So disappointing.

47′ RED CARD! A huge moment as Josh Brilliante is given a second yellow and sent from the field.


45+2′ MEL 1-0 NEW Brimmer scores the first of the game after scoring on the rebound.

45′ Three minutes of added time to come.

40′ Hamill puts the ball into the back of the net for Victory, however after a second look on VAR, it’s shown he is offside and the goal won’t count.

38′ Melbourne looking to squeeze the pressure on us. Keeping the ball around our penalty area but our team holding steadfast so far.

35′ Victory seems certain to score with a chance from close range through Davidson, but Ingham comes up with a huge stop on the goal-line! Scores still level.

34′ Mikeltadze tries a header from a cross, but not enough power to be dangerous.

33′ Passing out of our own half seems to be letting down the team so far. Our side have made 73% of passes compared to Victory’s 81%.

25′ Folami breaks quickly on a counter attack and forces a strong hand from Duncan to stop the play.

22′ Penha has a chance from a long free-kick – similar distance to that where we scored in the FFA Cup – but his shot cannons into the wall.

17′ Brimmer fires a dangerous shot, but it’s well wide.

14′ Victory dominating most of the possession at the moment with 60%. No real major chances as of it yet though.

11′ A long shot by Margiotta swerves around but luckily falls into the safe hands of Duncan.

8′ Folami pulls out the first chance of the game and cracks a long shot towards our goal. Nothing comes of it though.

6′ Thurgate finds his way in behind the Victory defence and wins a corner kick.

3′ Elsey receives an yellow card for a sliding challenge.

KICK-OFF: We’re underway in Melbourne!

SATURDAY 7:00PM: The Starting XI has been named and there’s some major changes!

SATURDAY 7:00AM: Victory Starting XI – 20. Kelava (GK), 2. Geria, 3. Davidson, 5. Spiranovic, 6. Broxham, 8. Brilliante (c), 9. Margiotta, 11. Folami, 17. Hamill, 22. Brimmer, 23. Rojas. Subs: 1. Acton (GK), 7. Ikonomidis, 13. Kirdar, 16. Negro, 18. D’Agostino, 21. Miranda, 24. Velupillay

THURGATE: Angus Thurgate discusses turning his goals into wins.

PAPAS’ FINAL WORD: Hear from the Boss ahead of tonight’s game

MATCH PREVIEW: Everything you need to know including all the important stats and facts.