Jets, Victory unchanged for AL decider

Emma Kemp

Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick and Melbourne Victory counterpart Kevin Muscat have held faith with their A-League semi-final starting line-ups, naming identical XIs for Saturday night's grand final.

As expected, Christian Theoharous will play no role after losing his race against time to recover from the injury suffered late in last week's win over Sydney FC.

Veteran goalkeeper Ivan Necevski has been named on the Jets' bench as Jack Duncan's injury replacement, with Glen Moss to start between the posts.

Newcastle Jets: Glen Moss, Johnny Koutroumbis, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Nigel Boogaard, Daniel Georgievski, Ronny Vargas, Steven Ugarkovic, Riley McGree, Dimi Petratos, Jason Hoffman, Roy O'Donovan. Bench: Ivan Necevski, Nick Cowburn, Lachlan Jackson, Pato Rodriguez, Joe Champness.

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence Thomas, Leigh Broxham, Thomas Deng, James Donachie, Stefan Nigro, Terry Antonis, Carl Valeri, Leroy George, James Troisi, Kosta Barbarouses, Besart Berisha. Bench: Matt Acton, Josh Hope, Matias Sanchez, Kenny Athiu, Jai Ingham.