It will surely go down as one of the best derbies we've seen. A superb stoppage-time winner from the Victory's veteran striker Archie Thompson gave them a memorable 2-1 win. Across the city you can hear Blue & White fans exhaling again. Phew! Thompson, simply, wasn't going to miss as the clock counted down. It needed a quality finish and he delivered. Heart breathed new life into the contest when captain Fred headed home an equaliser on 82 minutes. That was attractive enough. Victory had earlier broken the deadlock when Marco Rojas converted his chance on 67 minutes. The rivalry between the clubs is young but it is quickly becoming storied.
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Archie Thompson is interviewed post-match while watching a replay of his goal on the big screen. "Look at that. That's beautiful," he says. A classic comment and a classic moment. Melbourne Heart 1 Melbourne Victory 2
93 mins ... FINAL WHISTLE! Victory removes some of their ghosts. They come away with three (hard earnt) points. And these contests are worth more than three points, aren't they? A superb equaliser from Fred late in the game was snuffed out by Thompson. At the death. It takes quality players to finish.
92 mins ... GOAL!!!! GOAL!!! Thompson does it! A simply extraordinary winner from the Victory veteran. He chipped the heart 'keeper with aplomb. Some controvery whether the ball crossed the line after deviating off the crossbar. Referee gives the all clear. What a stunning way to win! Melbourne Heart 1 Melbourne Victory 2
89 mins .... Surely there won't be more than three minutes injury time. Heart has one substitution still up its sleeve and Macallister on the bench. Just as we speak, Heart hero Fred is subbed out ....
86 mins .... This match is playing out to a thrilling conclusion. Heart's equaliser was unforseen (for me, at least) and it quickly switched the momentum. All of a sudden the team in read looked likely to put another one home. Who (or what) will put an exclamation mark on this superb contest? A great derby so far. Perhaps the best.
82 mins .... GOAL!! GOAL!!! The equaliser. Fred heads home an oh-so-inviting cross from Marrone. Superby! RIGHT SAID FRED. Where was the defensive checking? Well, it was missing when needed most. Melbourne Heart 1 Melbourne Victory 1
80 mins ... WILLIAMS! His shot is just off the mark, skipping past the keeper and the left post. What a chance to level for the Heart. Gee, what a chance.
76 mins ... I get the feeling Victory's solitary goal in this contest will be enough to secure victory. They have been the team under enormous pressure to start turning the tide in head-to-head contests against Heart. Now that the pressure valve has been lifted by putting a ball into the back of the net, I'm expecting the Victory team to play smart football and eke out a victory in a low-scoring - but nonetheless gripping - match.
72 mins .... Header from Hoffman is off target. Williams took a smart corner kick and the hovering Hoffman couldn't quite direct the ball into the corner.
67 mins .... GOAL!!! Victory gets the all-important first goal! Rojas converts what turned out to be one of the more straight-forward chances after a nice cross from Milligan. Defensive lapses from the Heart contingent. Melbourne Victory 1 Melbourne Heart 0
61 mins ... Amazing set of golden chances deep in the box for Victory. The ball spilled free once and a flailing leg from Flores doesn't connect. The pressure rises for the favoured team. Heart has gone to its bench. OFF: Germano. ON: Hoffman.
53 mins ... YELLOW CARD! A strong double-footed challenge from Leijer (some have described it as 'horrendous') draws the referee's attention. That's four yellow to the Victory now. Trouble brewing. Four Victory defenders at risk of being carded out.
51 mins ... Cracking shot on goal from Fred! Over the top of the bar. Probably the best chance for the match thus far. That really brought fans out of their seats.
47 mins ... We're away in the second half. It's still 0-0 of course. Yellow cards against Ferreira and Ansell.
45+2 mins ... That's HALF-TIME. All square in the Melbourne derby with the scores locked at 0-0. The match has been relatively even but I'd still give the edge to Heart. Time in possession is split down the middle. The stakes are rising. Don't want to say it but it was a half of two halves. The opening was frenetic. Hard to find another appropriate word. After 25 minutes the match settled as the teams focused on structure.
43 mins .... Heart may be the home team but Victory have been short-changed with their fluro away kit. I agree with many of you - they look awful in those colours! Keep the jokes coming about Heart playing against a team of roadside workers!
39 mins .... Aloisi's tactics paying off. Victory struggling to penetrate through the midfield. Clear that curbing Archie Thompson has been one of Heart's chief priorities. Closing minutes of the first half coming up.
33 mins ... Match has settled down after the frenetic opening. Truth be hold, Melbourne Heart is looking slightly more dangerous. Their passing is sharper. Better options and choosing the right option when deep in attack. The Heart is also clogging up the midfield more. Victory struggling somewhat to overcome these tactics. This match is sure to be tight from this point.
Victory's Diogo Ferreira and Heart's David Williams contest for possession. Photo: Getty Images
19 mins ... Plenty of chatter on Twitter about Milligan's alleged 'kidney punch' on Jonatan Germano. This clash is being played with plenty of feeling. A couple of flares in the crowd, too. There's no doubt there's an increased intensity. But I also like this post on Twitter: DRINKING GAME: Shot every time Simon Hill says the word "Derby" #MelbDerby
13 mins .... SPILL by Victory 'keeper Nathan Coe! Subsequent shot on goal takes a deflection and misses. But only just. A huge chance for the Heart goes begging. David Williams looking oh-so-dangerous in the attacking half for Heart. Tremendous speed.
6 mins .... Colosimo in the thick of the action again. This time his elbow collected Milligan's head in a jumping contest for possession. Nothing sinister in it. The Victory player is down and out for a couple of minutes.
2 mins .... Early drama. Victory looking incredibly sharp with some tight, quick passes among the attaching players. Finkler was on the verge of pulling the trigger after a terrific pass from Rojas with his shot but a forceful tackle from Colosimo dispossed him of possession. Great stuff.
A jam-packed crowd in attendance at AAMI Park. Fantastic atmosphere. The team sheets are in. HEART's bench: Dylan Macallister, Golgol Mebrahu, Jason Hoffman and Andrew Redmayne. VICTORY's bench: Tando Velaphi, Jonathan Bru, Spase Dilevski and Andrew Nabbout. No changes for the Victory.
Melbourne Victory fans find their voice prior to the A-League Melbourne derby. Photo: Getty Images
Time to go around the grounds ... AAP reports that Newcastle has reclaimed a top-six spot in the A-League with a 2-1 win over a struggling Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium. Both teams were desperate to revive their season, but while the Jets moved up one place to sixth the Sky Blues remain anchored to the bottom. Craig Goodwin and Emile Heskey put the hosts in front with Yairo Yau getting one back for Sydney.
Great to see a bit of subterfuge finding its way into the A-League. Heart coach John Aloisi 'fanned the flames of controversy' by questioning whether a person filming his club's closed training session at AAMI Park was a spy! Nice to see some of the tactics being employed in other codes are also being complained about in soccer. A good sign of the A-League continuing to mature!
It's the biggest match-up in the A-League. The Melbourne derby. New boys on the block (how long will that description continue to last?) Melbourne Heart hosts Melbourne Victory. Victory is the league's biggest club but Heart has had the edge in their early encounters. Check our Michael Lynch's excellent feature on the developing rivalry between the clubs.