Victory top W-League after derby win

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Melbourne Victory have bolstered their W-League title ambitions and won bragging rights with a 2-0 dismissal in their derby against Melbourne City.

Jeff Hopkins' side sit on top of the ladder after Elise Kellond-Knight's own goal and Emily Gielnik's breakaway finish at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Despite City's wealth of internationals, Victory looked the more polished outfit and remarkably so after a slice of pre-match drama.

Traffic delayed the arrival of Matildas defender Laura Alleway and youth international Kyra Cooney-Cross to just minutes before kick-off.

Alleway landed in the nick of time, warming up by herself and being thrust into action but later-arriving Cooney-Cross had to watch from the stands after getting stuck on the Westgate Bridge.

Thankfully for the young star, her side and replacement midfielder MelindaJ Barbieri performed admirably in the defeat of the three-time champions.

Christine Nairn pulled the strings in midfield, while Victory's entire back four and goalkeeper Casey Dumont were superb.

The contest was on from the first whistle but it took almost half an hour before the first serious chance.

City's Yukari Kinga should have scored at the back post from Tameka Butt's fine cross but headed over.

Victory first warmed into the contest and then made them pay.

Gielnik might have added to her goal scored on Matildas duty on Tuesday in Australia's 5-0 rout of Chile but her outside-of-the-boot shot was off target.

Victory's pressure told on 31 minutes when Nairn's superb cross had Kellond-Knight in all sorts.

Under pressure from Natasha Dowie, the veteran headed past her Matildas teammate Lydia Williams in goal to give Victory a worthy lead.

After the break, Dumont pulled off a fingertip save to deny Butt's strike from City's best move of the night.

As City pushed women forward for an equaliser, Victory caught them cold.

Dowie found Gielnik rampaging down the right, who ran clear and delivered a textbook finish on 65 minutes to seal the contest.

The loss was City coach Rado Vidosic's second in three matches as the expansion club slumped to their worst start since joining the competition.

Source AAP