Record-breaking Berisha nets as Victory overpower Jets


Besart Berisha broke the record for goals scored in the A-League as Melbourne Victory proved too much to handle for Newcastle Jets, as they finished the match 4-2 winners at Kardinia Park in Geelong.

The win keeps Victory within seven points of leaders Sydney FC, with a game in hand to reduce the gap further.

Things didn't get off to the best of starts for the hosts, as groundskeepers were forced to repaint the 18-yard-box after getting the dimensions wrong but they eventually took control of the match after the opening whistle was blown.

The scoring was opened after Johnny Koutroumbis took a cross that referee Chris Beath ruled to have come off the arm of the young defender.

Replays suggested the ball may have been controlled legally by the 18 year-old, but Besart Berisha made no mistake in capitalising on the decision, powering the spot-kick past gloveman Jack Duncan, as he now sits alone at the top of the A-League's all-time goal scorers with his 91st overall coming at the half-hour mark.

The second goal for Victory came in quick succession as the their attacking trio linked up to perfection, with Berisha playing James Troisi down the left wing with the Socceroo breaking past the Newcastle defence then placing a cross past the keeper to a perfectly positioned Marco Rojas as the Kiwi converted with ease.

During the celebrations, Beath sent Victory assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marigny to the stands as the result of an earlier complaint for a Wayne Brown challenge on Berisha.

The second half started in much the same manner, with Melbourne dominating play, finding their third at the hour mark courtesy of Fahid Ben Khalfallah.

The Blues attacked on the counter and despite Duncan managing to get his hands on the Tunisian's low shot, he failed to keep it from crossing the line and the goal was given.

Newcastle attacked from the restart with Ma Lei Lei finding the back of the net, dribbling past a defensive line that seemed planted to the grass, as he moved the ball onto his left foot and followed with a superb shot along the ground past a bewildered Lawrence Thomas.

Victory quickly put an end to the notion that a comeback could be on the cards in the 69th minute when Troisi scored his first of the season after taking the ball in broken play inside the Newcastle box with a well-placed shot into the top right corner.

Luck was on Newcastle's side in the 76th minute with a shot from outside the box taking a deflection and finding the back of the net to make the score 4-2 while they almost had their third with eight minutes remaining with another deflection.

Four minutes of injury time were added by the scoreline remained unchanged with James Troisi rewarded Man of the Match.

Victory boss Kevin Muscat said that while he was disappointed with the second half lapses, he was pleased with his side's attacking potency after their 4-1 win over Central Coast.

"We had to be patient ... and we were," he said.

"I thought we were clinical as well.

"All in all, very pleased. It's another win. These last two games have been very good for us in front of goal."

Jets coach Mark Jones meanwhile couldn't contain his disappointment with the early penalty call.

"A wrong decision made and we were 1-0 down ... have a look at the replay," he said.

"It struck him on the point of the shoulder.

"But to concede four goals in the manner in which we conceded them was not good enough."

Source: SBS, AAP