Report: Victory 2-1 Mariners

Melbourne Victory continued its push for a top-two finish in the Hyundai A-League with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.

Summary

Ola Toivonen's opener was cancelled out by a Matt Simon penalty, but Georg Niedermeier's first goal for Victory saw it to three points.

With two regular season games remaining, Victory is two points behind second-placed Sydney FC.

Victory made a strong start and it threatened twice through Honda in the opening 15 minutes.

The Japanese star's 25-yard strike was well saved by Mariners goalkeeper Ben Kennedy in the 12th minute.

Just three minutes later, a stretching Honda put a Kosta Barbarouses cross into the side-netting at the back post.

But Victory opened the scoring through Toivonen's 12th Hyundai A-League goal of the season in the 21st minute.

A wonderful team move was completed when Toivonen played a one-two with Elvis Kamsoba before finishing into the bottom corner.

Victory continued to push as Kamsoba was denied by a last-ditch block and Barbarouses drew another save from Kennedy.

James Troisi went close four minutes before half-time, his strike saved by Kennedy as Victory went into the break 1-0 up.

Despite Victory's control, Matt Acton was needed to tip away a cross before the Mariners won a penalty for a foul by Thomas Deng on Simon.

Simon stepped up, sending Acton the wrong way from the spot to make it 1-1.

Victory had its opportunities as Kamsoba was again denied by a late challenge before a Leigh Broxham strike flew just wide in the 67th minute.

However, Victory found a deserved winner through Niedermeier's first goal for the club.

A well-worked set-piece led to Barbarouses firing across the area, where Niedermeier threw himself at the ball to put Victory ahead.

Acton made one more stop with a tremendous diving save to deny Stephen Mallon as Victory held on for a deserved three points.

Player in focus

Opta Widget: Georg CCM

Key moment

Result

Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Round 25
Melbourne Victory 2
(Ola Toivonen 21', Georg Niedermeier 79')
Central Coast Mariners 1 (Matt Simon 53' pen)

Melbourne Victory: Acton (gk); Deng (Roux 58'), Donachie Niedermeier, Broxham (c), Baena; Honda, Troisi, Kamsoba (Lesiotis 63'); Barbarouses, Toivonen.
Central Coast Mariners: Kennedy (gk); Millar, Graham, Aspropotamitis, Clisby; Karacan, Melling; McGlinchey (Shabow 22'), Hoole (Mallon 78'), Pain (Murray 69'); Simon (c).

Yellow cards: Kamsoba 3', Toivonen 32'
Red cards: Nil
Attendance: TBA
Venue: AAMI Park

Opta Widget: Stats

Next up

Victory faces rival Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Friday, April 19.