Victory salvage late A-L draw against City

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Youngster Lleyton Brooks has scored a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw for Melbourne Victory against A-League premiers Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

After beating Victory 6-0 and 7-0 in their previous two games, City looked set to win all three derbies in a season for the first time via Nick Ansell's unfortunate own goal in the 54th minute, before Brooks struck late.

"The only thing we can really get a gauge on is where we were from last (time) we played against City," Victory interim coach Steve Kean.

"Since then we've scored 16 goals, we've conceded 18 goals ... we're tighter defensively, we're always in games.

"... We gave it a good go in our last few games and I've always said I think we should have more points but against a very good side today we've showed we can stay in games, we can create chances and that's credit to the players."

The result means Victory will have to wait for City's rescheduled game against Newcastle - which is expected to be on Friday, but not yet locked in - to learn if they will avoid a club-first wooden spoon.

Victory are a point ahead of the Jets but Newcastle's goal difference is vastly superior.

It was City's first game without Socceroos trio Jamie Maclaren, Curtis Good and Connor Metcalfe, while Craig Noone was rested.

Patrick Kisnorbo handed a first A-League start to 17-year-old Raphael Borges Rodrigues - while 15-year-old Max Caputo debuted off the bench.

"Sometimes you've got to take the result away and look at the 90 minutes as a game," Kisnorbo said.

"Okay, you're disappointed at conceding in the last second but I was really pleased with some things that happened tonight," he said.

"We'll work to continue to get better at it. Young (Borges Rodrigues) played really well, we had 15-year-old Max Caputo come on.

"So these are the positives of tonight - plus the way we played."

After Victory goalkeeper Matt Acton kept them at bay early, City took the lead less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Scott Galloway slipped the ball through for Naoki Tsubaki, who put in a cross that Ansell cut into his own net.

City substitute Anthony Lesiotis had a 90th-minute goal chalked off by VAR for offside.

Then in an injury-time goalmouth scramble, the ball fell to Brooks, who hammered it home on the volley.

Victory have one more game left, an as-yet unscheduled play-off for a FFA Cup spot against either Perth or Western United, with Kean to take charge.