Brooks salvages Victory late draw in Melbourne derby


Youngster Lleyton Brooks has scored a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw for Melbourne Victory against A-League premiers Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

After beating Victory 6-0 and 7-0 in their previous two games, City looked set to win all three derbies in a season for the first time via Nick Ansell's unfortunate own goal in the 54th minute, before Brooks struck late.

The result means Victory will have to wait for City's rescheduled game against Newcastle - the timing of which will be confirmed later this week - to learn if they will avoid a club-first wooden spoon.

Victory are a point ahead of the Jets but Newcastle's goal difference is vastly superior.

It was City's first game without Socceroos trio Jamie Maclaren, Curtis Good and Connor Metcalfe, while Craig Noone (soreness) was rested.

Patrick Kisnorbo made seven changes to his team, handing a first A-League start to 17-year-old Raphael Borges Rodrigues.

In the 24th minute, Marco Tilio played a classy one-two on the counter-attack with Borges Rodrigues but had his attempted chip well-blocked by Matt Acton.

Two minutes later, Acton denied Tilio again.

In the 34th minute, Victory's Ben Folami tried his luck from range and caught Glover off-guard but after a fumble, the City goalkeeper recovered.

In the 40th minute, Acton saved Aiden O'Neill's skidding long-range effort but City took the lead less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Scott Galloway slipped the ball through for Naoki Tsubaki, who put in a cross that Ansell cut into his own net.

Folami skidded a shot attempt a minute later, while Rudy Gestede blasted shots over the bar in the 60th and 63rd minutes.

City handed a debut to 15-year-old striker Max Caputo while substitute Anthony Lesiotis had a 90th-minute goal chalked off by VAR for offside.

In an injury-time goalmouth scramble, the ball fell to Brooks, who hammered it home on the volley.

Victory have one more game left, an as yet unscheduled play-off for a FFA Cup spot.

Source AAP