Melbourne Heart seeks revenge at Lavington

Iain Ramsay contests against the Glory earlier this month when Perth won 3-0.
Iain Ramsay contests against the Glory earlier this month when Perth won 3-0.

Melbourne Heart midfielder Iain Ramsay says his side will be looking to make amends when the Heart takes on Perth Glory at Lavington on February 9.

Melbourne Heart secured its first win of the season on Friday, downing the Newcastle Jets 3-1 in front of home fans at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

Taylor Regan put the Jets ahead in the 35th minute, and it looked like Heart’s miserable run of 19 matches without a win was set to continue.

But as the cool change swept through Melbourne breaking the heatwave, a change passed over the Heart’s players.

They quickly equalised through Ramsay’s half-volley.

Mate Dugandzic then scored a brace to complete to victory.

A large crowd is expected at Lavington Sports Ground for the round 18 match.

Harry Kewell, William Gallas, Shane Smeltz, and the Heart’s marquee player, Orlando Engleaar, are all likely to play.

Speaking exclusively to The Border Mail, Ramsay, 25, said that he was very proud of his teammates.

“It’s a great feeling to win at home especially in front of our fans,” Ramsay said.

“We were down 1-0 as well, so we showed great character to come back from that.

“At the end of the game you could see the camaraderie within the playing group and the special relationship we have with the fans.

“They’ve stuck by us through thick and thin and they deserve a whole more.”

Ramsay said that he hoped that supporters would turn out in droves for the Lavington match.

It will be the first competitive A-League game played on the Border.

“I haven’t been to Albury before, so it’ll be the first time for a lot of the boys and we’re all really looking forward to it,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll see plenty of Melbourne Heart fans make the trip to support the boys.”

The Heart last played Perth two weeks ago, and lost 3-0.

“Last time we played them I felt we dominated most of the match, but then they finished strongly,” Ramsay said.

“In the last 15 minutes they seemed to put away all their chances, and that’s what bit us in the end – we didn’t.

Read the full interview with Iain Ramsay later this week.