Melbourne on the way to finals

IT WAS billed as make or break for Melbourne Victory, and Friday's 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park certainly has the potential to do the former for the Hyundai A-League finals ambitions of Jim Magilton's men.

Goals from a reborn Carlos Hernandez and marquee man Harry Kewell after Tom Rogic's opener for the Mariners ensured Victory claimed a first win in six matches and a maiden triumph for interim coach Jim Magilton.

Most importantly, the victory breathed much-needed life into their finals ambitions.

AAMI Park had last Saturday witnessed the emergence of one young star in Melbourne Heart left-back Craig Goodwin against Victory.

On Friday, it was Rogic, who lit up the match on eight minutes when he waltzed by debutant defender Ubay Luzardo, making the most of the space afforded him to thread a skidding left-foot strike across Victory goalkeeper Ante Covic and into the right-hand corner.

Read the full match report at the A-league website.