NPL preview: North Geelong v Victory

Melbourne Victory makes the trip to the North Geelong Warriors in the NPL2 West on Saturday.

Summary

Victory saw its three-match unbeaten run ended with a 2-1 loss to Moreland City in Round 7.

Yazid Said, 19, scored his fifth goal of the campaign in the second half as Victory pushed for a point at Epping Stadium.

However, despite dominating most of the second half, Victory was unable to find an equaliser as it fell short in its comeback bid.

Victory is fourth on the table ahead of its trip to Elcho Park, where it faces the third-placed Warriors.

In four away trips so far this season, Victory has claimed two wins and lost just once, scoring 12 goals.

Victory and North Geelong last met in June last year, playing out a tough 0-0 draw at Elcho Park.

Head coach Gareth Naven's pre-match thoughts

"We just need to transplant the second half [against Moreland] and start like that at the beginning of the game. Let's move the second half and use that as our way to start the game against North Geelong. Obviously that's just about good energy, good intent, our attitude is at a level that we know it is and we can perform at."

This week

NPL2 West 2019 Round 8
North Geelong Warriors v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, April 6, 5.00pm AEDT
Elcho Park, Lara

U20 NPL2 West 2019 Round 8
North Geelong Warriors v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, April 6, 2.30pm AEDT
Elcho Park, Lara

U18 NPL West 2019 Round 7
Melbourne Victory v Avondale
Sunday, April 7, 10.45am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2019 Round 7
Melbourne Victory v Avondale
Sunday, April 7, 9.00am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 1 (Said 73') Moreland City 2
U20 NPL2 West: Victory 5 (Lethlean 3', Wilson 33', Deme 51', Nedanovski 68'/84') Moreland City 0
U18 NPL West: Melbourne Knights 5 Victory 3 (Duratovic 18', Moukachar 23', Di Meo 73')
U15 NPL West: Melbourne Knights 1 Victory 0