Melbourne Victory ended their A-League derby drought in style thanks to a 3-0 victory over Melbourne City at AAMI Park.
Victory are priced at 5/1 to win the A-League grand final this season and the win against their arch rivals showed they are on the right track.
Victory had gone 840 days without a win in the Melbourne derby. They suffered 6-0 and 7-0 defeats in last year’s horror season but have shown signs of improvement under new boss Tony Popovic.
They had drawn the previous two derby clashes this season but moved up another notch on Saturday thanks to a brace from Marco Rojas and a further strike from Jake Brimmer.
"Derby games are special," Popovic said after the win. "You only get three points, we understand that, but we haven't had a win against Melbourne City for a while.
“We had two draws (this season), we feel we've improved in each game and today we improved again. We deserved to win."
Meanwhile City boss Patrick Kisnorbo was disappointed as his ruthless attack failed to shine for once. They could only muster two shots on target the whole game.
"I thought we were poor," Kisnorbo added. "It was disappointing, disappointing. You try coming back, down 3-0 at the second half, it's very difficult against a good team."
Despite the loss Melbourne City remain top of the A-League ladder with Western United eight points behind. But John Aloisi’s men do have three games in hand.