NPL preview: Victory v George Cross

Melbourne Victory is out to build on a strong win when it hosts Sunshine George Cross in the NPL2 West on Sunday.

Victory claimed its second win in three games with a dominant display in a 3-0 result over Murray United.

Benjamin Carrigan, 19, Jack Palazzolo, 18, and Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou, 17, scored in the second half at Epping Stadium.

The win marked Victory's second in three outings, adding to its success against Eastern Lions on April 28.

Victory is sixth on the table ahead of welcoming George Cross to Epping Stadium in Round 13.

Sunshine sits bottom of the NPL2 West after one win from its opening 12 games.

The teams last met in July last year, with George Cross claiming a 2-1 win.

Head coach Gareth Naven

"Our group is maturing slowly in men's football and the competition we're in. What's important for us is that we produce the performance that we know we can produce in regards to effort, how we defend and attack and in transition.

"At the same time, understand what it takes for us to compete and the effort required to produce the consistency week in, week out, which my group of players, providing them proof in training and proof in regards to how we review the match, that when they know what's important to us, then they see it in review situations and within training, it definitely creates a belief that doing that more consistently will help their performance which at the end of the day will give them success by winning games."

This week

NPL2 West 2018 Round 13
Melbourne Victory v Sunshine George Cross
Sunday, May 20, 3.00pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U20 NPL2 West 2018 Round 13
Melbourne Victory v Sunshine George Cross
Sunday, May 20, 12.30pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U18 NPL West 2018 Round 12
Ballarat City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, May 19, 1.15pm AEST
Morshead Park Stadium, Ballarat

U15 NPL West 2018 Round 12
Ballarat City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, May 19, 11.45am AEST
Morshead Park Stadium, Ballarat

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 3 (Carrigan 58', Palazzolo 68', Hatzigeorgiou 80') Murray United 0
U20 NPL2 West: Victory 1 (Apostolopoulos 48') Murray United 2