A trip down memory lane…


With the 11th Melbourne Derby taking place on Saturday evening between Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory, we take a brief trip down memory lane to take a look at the previous 10 derbies.

With the 11th Melbourne Derby taking place on Saturday evening between Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory, we take a brief trip down memory lane to take a look at the previous 10 derbies.

Hyundai A-League 2010-2011
Round 9, October 8, 2010

Melbourne Heart 2 ( Aloisi 10-, Alex Terra 56-) def. Melbourne Victory 1 (Kruse 37-)
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Attendance 25,897

The inaugural Melbourne Derby was a successful one for Melbourne Heart, with the Red and White prevailing over their new rivals in front of a season-s best sell out crowd of 25,897 people at AAMI Park.

It only took the Red and Whites 10 minutes to find their first goal courtesy of now Head Coach John Aloisi. A clever Alex Terra cross from the wing found Aloisi who headed into the back of the net.

Victory soon responded at the 37-minute mark with Kevin Muscat setting up Robbie Kruse for their first. But Heart again took control of the match in the 56th minute as Rutger Worm sent a stunning cross to Alex Terra at the back post who finished the winner.

The Heart where reduced to 10 players in the 74th minute when Aziz Behich received his second yellow card for a tackle on Robbie Kruse but they were good enough to hold on for their first derby win.

Round 21, December 11, 2010
Melbourne Heart 1 (Sibon 17-) lost to Melbourne Victory 3 (Kruse12-, 28-,Srhoj 54-[OG])
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Attendance 23,059

The Victory took the honours the second time the two sides met for the derby with a 3-1 win inspired by striker Robbie Kruse-s double.

Archie Thompson took off with the ball down the wing in the 12th minute before crossing to Kruse who was able to get a boot to the ball and deflect it past Clint Bolton for Victory-s first goal of the match.

Heart equalised five minutes later after Gerald Sibon curled a free kick around the Victory wall and into left-hand corner of the net, shocking Victory Keeper Michael Petkovic.

Victory-s second goal of the match came after Robbie Kruse intercepted a pass, pouncing on the ball and catching out keeper Clint Bolton who wasn-t able to stop the quick attack.

After a spectacular flying save from keeper Clint Bolton on a Carlos Hernandez shot at goal, Archie Thompson ran into space in the 54th minute and sent a low cross to set up Adrian Leijer but it was knocked away from Leijer by Heart-s Wayne Srhoj and resulted in an own goal giving Victory the win 3-1.

Round 27, January 22, 2011
Melbourne Victory 2 (Allsopp 10-, Hernandez 31-) drew with Melbourne Heart 2 (Aloisi 45+2-, 51-)
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Attendance 32,231

In the third meeting between the two clubs, Melbourne Heart was able to fight back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Danny Allsopp opened the scoring as Victory hosted the derby with a diving header in the 10th minute, Carlos Hernandez then converted a free kick in the 31st minute to give Victory a 2-0 lead.

Alex terra set up Aloisi on the cusp of half time to nod home the Heart-s first goal of the match and then shortly after the break Aloisi headed through his second goal to draw the game for the Red and Whites.

The match was soured in the 79th minute however when Kevin Muscat was sent off with a red card after a reckless tackle on young Heart winger Adrian Zahra.

Hyundai A-League 2011-12
Round 3, October 22, 2011
Melbourne Victory 0 drew with Melbourne Heart 0
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Attendance 39,309

Neither side could find the back of the net in this nil-all draw between the two teams.The Heart controlled play for most of this match but Victory goal-keeper Ante Covic played a superb game saving four certain Heart goals.

The Red and White had the best of the chances in the first half with midfielder Mate Dugandzic having his first shot blocked by Covic, before setting up Michael Marrone whose shot was also blocked.

Victory substitute Jean Carlos Solorzano had the best of the chances for his team but couldn-t manage to convert on any of his three chances at the goals.

In the second half striker David Williams missed an opportunity before Dugandzic challenged the Victory keeper on two more occasions before the final whistle.

Matt Thompson and Wayne Srhoj were best on ground for John Van ‘t Schip-s team with excellent performances in the midfield.

Round 12, December 23, 2011
Melbourne Heart 3 (M Thompson 37- 39- Terra 62-) def Melbourne Victory 2 (A Thompson 21-, Hernandez 90+2-)
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Attendance 26,579

Another A-League Melbourne Derby and another sell-out crowd at AAMI Park.

The fifth edition of the derby was full of action starting four minutes into the match when Archie Thompson ran away with the ball for the Victory and was one-on-one with Heart Keeper Clint Bolton.

Bolton dived at Thompson-s feet trapping the ball and saving a certain goal but at the same time tripping Thompson and giving away the penalty kick.

From the resulting penalty Bolton produced a diving save which he repeated in the seventh minute to save yet another goal but Thompson would finally hit the back of the net in the 20th minute with a clever lob.

Heart-s player of the match Matt Thompson then took the game upon himself scoring two goals in two minutes to give the Red and White a 2-1 lead at the half.

Alex Terra added to the Heart-s lead in the 59th minute before Hernandez pulled one back for the Victory with a late penalty goal.

Round 20, February 4, 2012
Melbourne Heart 0 drew with Melbourne Victory 0
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Attendance 26,395

There were plenty of chances in this match but nobody was able to break through as the two Melbourne clubs played out their second nill-all draw of the year.

Heart dominated most of the first half and they were unlucky to miss a close range header from midfielder Jonatan Germano which just scraped the crossbar after 13 minutes of play.

After halftime Victory took control of the match but missed several crucial chances before their midfielder Grant Brebner was sent off with a red card for an ambitious diving tackle.

With only 10 men on the field the momentum swung back Heart-s way and Victory was lucky to survive an attempted goal from Kristian Sarkies which he blew over the post in the 77th minute.

The Red and Whites had one final chance from a long range thunderbolt courtesy of first gamer Craig Goodwin but Kovic produced a full length dive to leave the game scoreless.

Hyundai A-League 2012-13
Round 1, October 5, 2012
Melbourne Victory 1 ( Rojas 25-) lost to Melbourne Heart 2 (Williams 15-, Macallister 45+2-)
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Attendance 42,032

A big win on centre stage for Melbourne Heart this time it was the season opener and John Aloisi-s first game as coach.

The Red and Whites scored first thanks to a Richard Garcia pass that found its way past its intended target to winger David Williams who gladly swooped on it scoring the first goal of the A-League season in the 13th minute of the match.

At 24 minutes however Victory found the equalizer when Archie Thompson crossed the ball to set up Marco Rojas.

Marcos Flores then had a chance to take the lead for the Victory shortly before half time but his shot hit the bar.

Shortly after Mate Dugandzic crossed the ball to Dylan Macallister who put Heart 2-1 up on the fringe of half time.

After the break both sides had their chances but it was Archie Thompson who had the best look at the goals in the 89th minute when he blasted his shot over the bar.

Round 12, December 22, 2012
Melbourne Heart 1 ( Fred 81-) lost to Melbourne Victory 2 ( Rojas 67-, Thompson 90+3-)
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Attendance 26,457

Archie Thompson scored a last minute goal deep into injury time goal to win this one for the Victory, although Melbourne Heart dominated much of the match.

After a score-less first half from both teams Marco Rojas broke the deadlock in the 67th minute with the Victory-s first.

Fred equalised for Heart 14 minutes later when he headed a ball into the back of the net and the match was looking like a certain draw as time ran out.

Thompson then made his move for Victory getting revenge from their loss in the season opener.

Round 19, February 2, 2013
Melbourne Victory 2 (Thompson 28-, Milligan 55- [PEN]) def Melbourne Heart 1 (Williams 72-)
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Attendance 41,203

The Victory won the 9th encounter between the two Melbourne clubs thanks to a an excellent performance form keeper Nathan Coe.

Heart where in good form early leading all of the attack and if it wasn-t for a trio of saves in the 5th, 7th and 12th minutes from the Victory keeper they would have had a handy lead.

Archie Thompson then broke free of the pack in the 29th minute and managed Victory-s first goal in a one-on-one with Heart keeper Andrew Redmayne.

After half time Mark Milligan was awarded a penalty kick after Marco Flores was knocked over in the box and he made no mistake with his shot giving the victory a two goal lead.

David Williams worked his way past the Victory keeper in the 72nd minute to half the deficit for the Heart.

Round 1, October 12, 2013
Melbourne Victory 0 drew with Melbourne Heart 0
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Attendance 45,202

The latest encounter between the two teams in October attracted the largest crowd to date with over 45,000 watching a nil-all draw.

Heart-s best chances came just before half time from Harry Kewell who-s shot landed just wide of the mark and Golgol Mebrahtu who-s shot was also just wide of the target.

Robbie Wielaert, Patrick Kisnorbo, Andrea Migliorini, Massimo Murdocca and Harry Kewell made their starting debuts and Iain Ramsay debuted on the bench for the Red and Whites.

Mebrahtu and Williams continued to create chances in the second half but to no avail.

An Archie Thompson header fell wide with 15 minutes to go and both teams settled for a point each.