MEL­BOURNE V ICTORY

Inside Sport - - W-League Preview -

Un­like their noisy City neigh­bours, the last few sea­sons have been lean for Mel­bourne Vic­tory, pulling in at sev­enth last sea­son, with a sin­gle point sep­a­rat­ing them from bot­tom spot. Last sea­son’s im­pres­sive de­fen­sive sta­tis­tics, com­pa­ra­ble with any side in the top four, will be the tar­get again, with Vic­tory re­tain­ing their goal­keeper Casey Du­mont as well as ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre­back Laura Alle­way.

Look­ing to build from last sea­son, Vic­tory has sought to pro­vide English for­ward Natasha Dowie (right) more sup­port with the at­tack­ing mid­field tal­ents of re­turn­ing Amer­i­can Chris­tine Nairn, back af­ter a break from the W-League last sea­son, and Grace Ma­her, who has switched from Can­berra United.

The sign­ing of Emily Giel­nik pro­vides fur­ther sup­port and depth across the for­ward line. Kyra Cooney-Cross is also at their dis­posal af­ter she lit up the W-League last sea­son with a stun­ning strike which went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

Pro­vided Vic­tory con­tin­ues to stay steady at the back, the side will be want­ing to gel early so their at­tack can live up to the bench­mark the de­fence set last sea­son.

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