Victory grit out win over Wanderers

Last updated 00:15 25/11/2012
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GRITTY WIN: Shinji Ono of the Wanderers and Adama Traore of the Victory compete for the ball. The Victory won the game 2-0.

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Ten-man Melbourne Victory overcame a  controversial first-half send-off to secure a gritty 2-0 win over  Western Sydney at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.

The Victory, already without star playmaker Marcos Flores  through suspension, looked in for a tough night after defender Sam  Gallagher was shown a red card just 16 minutes into his first  A-League game for the club.

But the Wanderers failed to make their numerical advantage  count, with captain Michael Beauchamp having a night to forget.

The centre back's own goal just before halftime gave Melbourne  the lead and he was at fault again as Archie Thompson doubled the  visitors' advantage in the 60th minute.

It was a valuable win for Ange Postecoglou's side, given the  circumstances, and they climbed into equal third on the table with  a third win in four games.

The Victory looked unlucky to be reduced to 10 men in the first  place.

Wanderers striker Dino Kresinger appeared to have fouled  Gallagher from behind but play was allowed to continue.

Kresinger then broke on goal before being brought down by  Gallagher just outside the box and referee Ben Williams produced a  red card without hesitation.

Shinji Ono fired the resulting free kick just wide and Western  Sydney tried hard to get on top before the break.

But the nearest they came was a close range header by Mark  Bridge in the 22nd minute that was brilliantly tipped over the bar  by Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe.

Instead the home side went into halftime behind, after Beauchamp  accidentally turned the ball into his own goal while trying to  clear a dangerous Gui Finkler ball.

The Wanderers put Melbourne under some pressure early in the  second half and were perhaps unfortunate not to get a penalty after  Adam Traore appeared to hand-ball in the box.

But again they conceded against the run of play when Socceroos  striker Thompson struck.

Beauchamp coughed up possession on the halfway line, allowing  Marco Rojas to streak downfield and find Thompson with a deflected  pass.

Although Coe was forced into action a couple of time as the  Wanderers chased the game, the Victory held their lead well from  then on.

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