The highest ever crowd for a non-Derby A-League regular season fixture at Parramatta Stadium saw the Wanderers storm home in the second half to take a 2-0 win, and go four points clear at the top of the A-League ladder.
After the FFA finally saw sense and agreed to review their banning process, a near full house was expected with the RBB back in full voice. 17,073 fans turned out including a sizeable Melbourne away contingent, and all were treated to a wondeful game of football.
It didn't take long for the Wanderers to pierce the Melbourne defence. 6 minutes into the match, the high press of the Victory allowed Mitch Nichols to put Mark Bridge through on goal. With just the keeper to beat, his touch let him down at the critical moment, he went wide, and slipped, his shot dribbling wide.
Victory had their best chance of the first half on 18 minutes. Andrew Redmayne spilled a routine pickup from a Victory corner, Georgevski hooked the rebound over his shoulder into the path of Besart Berisha, the Albanian striker launched himself at the ball but at knee height he could do little to direct it on target, the ball bounced off his knee, crashed into the crossbar then was cleared away.
The second half opened with a goal for the Wanderers. Scott Neville placed a perfect ball in behind the Victory left fullback for Romeo Castelen to run onto, the winger placing a first time pass into the path of an unmarked Mark Bridge who had a tap-in from 6 yards to break the 0-0 deadlock. He nearly had a second moments later, a lob from inside the box at a corner hitting the top of the crossbar.
Romeo Castelen was the clear best on the park and in the 78th minute he finally had a reward for weeks of effort, albeit with a little help from Victory custodian Danny Vukovic, who spilled a fierce drive into the back of the net.
It was the 7th win in a row for the Wanderers, who are 4 points ahead of Brisbane Roar even after the Roar came from behind against Wellington, as well as puttin the Victory back on their heels despite their game in hand.