A-League Wrap: City snatch derby honours

John van 't Schip's men, maddeningly inconsistent from week to week, have a reputation for turning up when local bragging rights are at stake and they did nothing to dispel that notion on Saturday, demonstrating to a packed AAMI Park what they are capable of but so infrequently produce.

Equally typically, it was a lack of cutting edge that nearly prevented City from claiming all three points, while Victory only have themselves to blame after failing to reach their usual high standards for the second week in succession.

Paartalu struck in the 91st minute, powering home a header from Mate Dugandzic's cross to spark scenes of wild celebrations.

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