Ballarat's Brandon Lauton made his debut in the Asian Champions League in Melbourne Victory's win over Chiangrai United.
Lauton was one of a handful of Victory players making their first start in the club's 1-0 win at AAMI Park.
Victory boss Carlos Salvachua said it was a sloppy affair but was satisfied with the win.
"We didn't finish the chances that we have, maybe in the first half. It was Galli's first game, we had Brandon Lauton, Benjamin Carrigan, Jay Barnett, we had a lot of players who were starting for the first time, it's not easy for them," he said.
Nerves were high to start the match, with Chiangrai's pressure creating several good opportunities. But Victory's Ola Toivonen snatched the lead of a penalty in the 25th minute.
It would be the only goal scored in what was a largely uninspiring performance in front of 4,156 fans.
Victory will now travel to South Korea on Saturday for next Tuesday's clash with FC Seoul.