Melbourne Victory made Australian Football history on Saturday night as they became the first club in the A-League era to claim a treble. Victory claimed the FFA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Perth Glory completing the third leg of their treble at their home ground, AAMI Park.
The win came fairly comfortably from Victory who were by far the stronger side, as Perth rarely troubled the Victory defence. Yet for all of that the result should have been more comfortable as Victory were guilty of missing chances too often.
It was always going to be a difficult task for Perth Glory, who didn’t have the services of Gyorgy Sandor and Chris Harold for the match. Despite that they fought hard but just couldn’t overcome a side which confirmed it is the strongest in Australia.
Melbourne Victory took control from the opening minute as they used their pace and possession to really threaten Perth. The hosts thought they hit the lead in the 16th minute as Kosta Barbarouses had the ball in the back of the net but Matthieu Delpierre was in an offside position, so the goal was disallowed.
It was only some last ditch defending from Perth Glory which kept the match scoreless as Josh Risdon denied Fahid Ben Khalfallah. The next chance would fall to Perth with Sidnei Sciola getting a shot away which was well saved by Danny Vukovic.
That would be as good as it would get for Perth Glory as Melbourne Victory unleashed from there and really took control. In the 35th minute they finally had their opener as the ball fell to Oliver Bozanic who stabbed home the goal.
Right before the break a stunning pass gave Victory the vital two goal lead, with the pass coming from Carl Valeri. His ball was weighted perfectly for Besart Berisha who easily sent it past Ante Covic, giving Victory a two goal lead at the break.
Early in the second half Perth had a golden opportunity to get back in to the match as the ball fell to Diogo Ferreira. That allowed Ferreira to get a nice shot away, leaving Vukovic scrambling, but he could only find the post.
With time running out Perth went to the bench and brought on Guyon Fernandez to have an extra striker. Hagi Gilgor was the one to make way for the new striker and Dino Djulbic was pushed forward to add to the numbers up front.
Now with three men forward, Perth was really hammering the Melbourne Victory goal and they had plenty of chances. But it was Victory who had the best chance, and they should have made it three as Barbarouses ran in on goal and passed to an offside Daniel Georgievski when he just had Covic to beat.
In the final stages, Valeri continued his tradition of getting sent off in finals as he was shown a straight red for a bad foul on Djulbic. But there was little time for that man advantage to matter as Perth couldn’t find a goal, giving Victory the trophy with a 3-0 win.