An­to­nis goal wins GF re­match

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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.

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