23 Dec 2012

Last-gasp Victory in Melbourne derby

7:05 am on 23 December 2012

The Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson pinched a winner deep in injury time while the All White forward Marco Rojas also scored to secure a pulsating 2-1 A-League derby triumph over crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart.

Rojas' 67th-minute goal was a wonderfully-worked move sweeping through Thompson, Gui Finkler and Mark Milligan before the New Zealander finished sweetly.

But the Heart looked to have earned a share of the points when skipper Fred leapt high to meet a superb Michael Marrone cross and finish.

Then the Heart lost possession in the middle of the park in injury time, Rojas grabbed the ball and sent a slide-rule pass to Thompson, whose shot hit the crossbar and crept just inside before Heart defender Aziz Behich thumped it out in vain.

Elsewhere, Newcastle reclaimed a top-six spot with a 2-1 win over a struggling Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium to leave the Sky Blues remain anchored to the bottom.