Video: A near own goal hat-trick from the A-League
The A-League’s answer to Richard Dunne
If new Melbourne Victory coach Jim Magilton was paying attention last weekend, he would have seen that the key to success in the A-League is simple: get out of the way of the opposition and leave them to it.
The former Southampton, Ipswich and Northern Ireland midfielder was on hand to see MV pick up the points with a handy 2-1 over home win with both Melbourne goals being courtesy of opponents Newcastle Jets.
Even more remarkably, both own goals were scored by South Korean defender Sung-Hwan Byun. Early in the first half he turned a dangerous Harry Kewell cross into his own net while attempting to block striker Danny Allsopp. In the second half, Byun doubled Victory’s lead after he lost the ball while making an attacking foray then made a lung-busting run back to his own penalty area to chip in a bizarre wrong-footed clearance.
Not finished yet, the lethal Byun then set up a goal for a his own team to bring them back to 1-2. Unfortunately Melbourne Victory ran down the four minutes of added time in possession, thus denying Byun a much-deserved hat-trick.
Byun has now scored as many goals – two – for the Victory this season as their marquee player Harry Kewell, although one of Kewell’s was a penalty. And he’s outdone the total of misfiring Victory strikers Allsopp and Jean Carlos Solorzano who have one goal between them from a combined 16 appearances.
Magilton, in his first managerial appointment since leaving QPR in 2009, takes charge of his first Melbourne game this Friday with a home fixture against Adelaide United.