Antonis goal wins GF rematch
A SECOND sweet Terry Antonis strike in as many games has lifted Melbourne Victory off the bottom of the A-League ladder and left winless Newcastle there, after yesterday’s ALeague grand final rematch.
Meeting for the first time since Victory shaded the Jets almost six months ago in the season decider, Melbourne recorded another 1-0 win at the same McDonald Jones Stadium venue.
With the exception of a goal being scored, the first half was similar to the grand final, with home side Newcastle having 10 of the first 12 shots. Venezuelan playmaker Ronnie Vargas came the closest, rocking the crossbar with a shot from next to the penalty spot.
It was a different story in the second half, as the visitors made Newcastle pay for its wastefulness.
Inside the first five minutes, grand final hero Kosta Barbarouses had a goal ruled out for off-side, a few seconds after having a shot saved by Jets goalkeeper Glen Moss and another attempt was blocked a couple of minutes later. Antonis then produced a repeat of the previous week’s finelyjudged strike against Perth.
He was again set up by Keisuke Honda.