MELBOURNE HEART 1 MELBOURNE VICTORY 2
Derby decider ... Archie Thompson. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
MELBOURNE Victory striker Archie Thompson handed his side victory in Saturday night's Melbourne derby by adding another chapter to his outstanding A-League career.
Thompson, best known for a five-goal burst in a grand final win over Adelaide, won the match in stoppage time with an audacious chip.
Thompson's winning goal will serve as Australia's contribution to the global debate about the need for goal-line technology. His clever chip shot which lofted over Clint Bolton in the second minute of stoppage time clipped the bar and bounced, spinning, down on the line. Aziz Behich got back to clear with a flailing boot as it bounced again, but referee Alan Milliner gave the goal. Cue pandemonium in the blue part of the stadium, angst and despair in the red.
Victory overcomes Heart at AAMI Park
Melbourne Heart players warm up before their match with Victory at AAMI Park. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
This was a game that Heart had dominated for most of the 90 minutes and looked to have secured the least of what they deserved in the 82nd minute when Fred, nowadays their captain but in a former life a Victory skipper, headed home what appeared to be an equaliser, cancelling out Marco Rojas 67th minute strike which had come against the run of play.
It was hard luck on the home side, who had made all the running, taken the game to their better fancied opponents and, but for their inability to convert their chances and turn their possession into goals, would have won this game. But that's not the first time Heart has been guilty on that score.
Victory will breathe a sigh of relief, and acknowledge that they got what they probably didn't deserve. Victory will themselves play better and not get a reward. That's how it works in this most capricious of games.