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Melbourne Victory remain atop the W-League table as they managed a 1-0 win over Adelaide United at Kingston Heath Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

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The strategy was clear from Adelaide United from kick off with Ross Aloisi setting his side up to contain a Melbourne Victory attack that contained both Jessica Fishlock and Lisa De Vanna.

Such was the containment that it took until the 26th minute for Victory to get a chance with a cross from Steph Catley finding Caitlin Friend at close range only for Friend to head right in to Melissa Barbieri's grateful arms.

Adelaide's chances came on the counter and in the 34th minute a good run up the right by Kristy Moore nearly put the Reds in front but she was denied by a Brianna Davey save.

There was little goal mouth action in the first 45 which ended scoreless, with the game plan seemingly working for Adelaide.

The second half saw much of the same with Victory dictating the play, and setting the base but facing up to a resolute Adelaide defense that was going to let nothing through.

With Adelaide sitting so deep, Victory full-back Jessica Samuelson was allowed to get forward and proved to be a dangerous asset in the Melbourne attack.

Samuelson was able to send a cross in, in the 57th minute, that escaped everybody, nearly finding the back of the net but going just wide.

Moments later there was another chance for Victory but again the Adelaide defense came up big as Gulcan Koca saw her shot blocked by Snez Veljanovka.

Victory weren't about to let up and in the 74th minute barely missed out on their opener as Samuelson got in at close range only for effort to come back off the post.

Just when it seemed the plan would work for Adelaide, Victory broke through as De Vanna was able to put a chance away with Koca's cross falling for the Matilda who managed to hit it to the right and give Victory the lead.

That forced Ross Aloisi to change tactic for the final seven minutes of the match with Adelaide now throwing everything at Melbourne Victory but they were denied by some solid goalkeeping as Victory held on for a 1-0 win.

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