Vic­tory to play the kids

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

SHANG­HAI IPG has brought a pair of su­per­stars but Mel­bourne Vic­tory is still likely to play the kids in their dead rub­ber Asian Champions League clash tonight.

Big-name Brazil­ians Elke­son and Hulk have trav­elled for the AAMI Park match but Vic­tory boss Kevin Mus­cat says he’ll save his own se­nior play­ers for Sun­day night’s ALeague elim­i­na­tion fi­nal with Ade­laide United

“There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for some play­ers who have maybe not played so much foot­ball re­cently. It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als and for the team to go out and put on a per­for­mance for them­selves and the foot­ball club,” he said yes­ter­day.

Vic­tory can­not qual­ify for the knock­out stages af­ter its 6-2 loss to Ul­san Hyundai ear­lier this month, while the Chi­nese Su­per League club is al­ready through.

The in­jec­tion of Vic­tory’s next-gen tal­ent gives the oth­er­wise moot match a point of in­ter­est.

Cult striker Kenny Athiu, emerg­ing pair Josh Hope and Chris­tian Theo­harous and backup glove­man Matt Ac­tion are all cer­tain starters for Vic­tory. Cameron McGilp and Pierce War­ing are also likely to earn their first start as Mus­cat pro­tects se­nior play­ers like Be­sart Ber­isha, Carl Va­leri and Leroy Ge­orge for Sun­day.

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