View from the Victory, Volume 23: Defeat to Perth Glory a Microcosm of Season

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2012

For Harry Kewell and Melbourne Victory, the only good news they can take from this is that the season is finally over.
For Harry Kewell and Melbourne Victory, the only good news they can take from this is that the season is finally over.Paul Kane/Getty Images

Jim Magilton's Melbourne Victory were hopeful that they would wrap up the 2011-12 Hyundai A-League Season on a winning note against the Perth Glory at nib Stadium.

However, they were massacred, 4-2. Carlos Hernandez scored in the 22nd minute, and Mark Milligan added a second in the third injury time, but Perth's attack—more specifically, Shane Smeltz—was too much. Smeltz scored all four goals against the porous Melbourne defense.

With this, the Melbourne Victory finish the 2011-12 Hyundai A-League season 5-10-11 (26 points).

Carlos Hernandez, who had a sensational year in what has been an otherwise sorry season for the Victory, is a player the club would love to have back.

"You don't want to lose talented footballers," Magilton said after training at AAMI Park on Friday morning, according to Luke Buttigieg for

"That will be discussed at board level in the next week and will see what lies ahead."

Meanwhile, the Victory's offseason schedule is being put together. Olympiacos will grace Etihad Stadium on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm (closed roof) following the completion of the Greek Superleague in April.

A huge crowd is expected at Etihad Stadium, with Olympiacos’ first visit to Australia since 1978 sure to raise excitement levels among Melbourne’s enormous Greek community.

Olympiacos has committed to bringing a full strength squad that will include five current Greek internationals who will feature in the national team during the upcoming Euros in June.

Among the Greek internationals to feature in the Olympiacos line up will be exciting right back Vasilios Torosidis, left back Jose Holebas, central defender Avram Papadopulos, defensive midfielder Yiannis Maniatis and Greek attacking prodigy Yiannis Fetfatzidis.

The View from the Victory adjourns for the season and will resume near the beginning of the 2012-13 Hyundai A-League season.