Wednesday the 14th of October
By Adam Husseini
Melbourne University 1 – 5 Albert Park 6:30pm
This week, there was no upsets, and Albert Park had no problem dismantling and punishing a woeful Melbourne University. Ling Zong & MUFC president Jamie Truong really needs to start handing flyers around at Australia’s leading university and start recruiting some solid Futsal players! Albert Park looked solid with new inclusion Ahmed Azzam a rock at the back, Torbica invincible behind him and Alija Redzepovic running the show in front of them.
Albert Park slowed the tempo of the game down and a down hearted Melbourne University never looked like winning. It really is a case of taking it one week at a time for both sides. Melbourne University need to score a lot more goals, and will need a massive reshuffle if they are to survive the immediate drop.
Referees: Nectar Karalis & Ricardo Arajuo
Melbourne Uni : Duke Duva 1
Albert Park: Ahmed Azzam 1, Dino Redzepovic 1, Milos Nikaljevic 2, Alija Redzepovic
Metropolitan FC 9 – 3 Doncaster 7:15pm
The Samba Kings Metropolitan danced, ducked and weaved around a wounded Doncaster but really lacked that cutting edge to put the game out of reach early. Metropolitan were 2-1 up and missed a hatful of chances, Doncaster grabbed an equalizer against the run of play. 2-2 and the Metropolitan bench were nervy and tense.
Polatti, Mesquita and Barbosa practically missed open goal’s before they scored team goal of the night, with 16 passes backwards, forwards, left & right before a clinical Muktar backpost finish. Metropolitan ran away with it and Doncaster really need to fight harder when they are in with a sniff, it was evident the orange outfit had given up at 5-3. The controversy continued after the game, Ahmed Muktar displaying his displeasure at being substituted and could be frozen out until round 11 when the transfer window reopens.
Referees: Ricardo Arajuo & Nectar Karalis
Metropolitan : Victor Mesquita 3, Ahmed Muktar 3, Marcus Barbosa Junior 2
Doncaster: Ari Vlahos 1, Billy Giannikos 2
North Melbourne 6 – 4 Pascoe Vale FC 8:00pm
Dubbed as match of the round, and it very much was! The revitalised Pascoe Vale looked confident and strong, really took the game to North Melbourne. Unfortunately this game was the Fernando De Moraes story who scored 5 of the best. North Melbourne went a goal down, and Fernando replied swiftly checking to the right and blasting into the bottom left corner. He then toe cut inside the half way line, dodged to Pascoe vale players attempting to close down the middle and blasted right through Pascoe Vale keeper Sorensen. 2-1.
Pascoe vale crept back into the match when Fernando had a breather on the pine, they were 3-2 up and must have had a batch of déjà vu when De Moraes danced past two and dinked the goal keeper equalized, then snatched the lead with a toe poker flying into the top right corner. Pascoe vale can take a few positives from the game; they have some great talent and will come good once gelled. North Melbourne march on destroying all V-League teams that lie in their way.
Referees: Duck Farah & Ricardo Arajuo
North Melbourne FC: Fernando De Moraes 5, Johnathan Barrientos 1
Pascoe Vale FC: Adrian D’Ortenzio 2, Marko Kunna 1, Ravel Tavares 1
FC Prahran 4 vs 4 FC Carlton 8:45pm
Viewers were still catching their collective breath when Cup Winners FC Prahran took to the field against a Carlton side who finished 2nd last season. This was a tight affair, with tricks & flicks and swift movement, Carlton looked to have the upper hand with Hooman & Hamid really up for this one. But don’t count Prahran out as they slowly worked there way back into this one through Talisman Maxim Avram & goal poacher Haider Noor.
Prahran goalkeeper, the Siberian express was other-worldly, saving 2 out of 3 penalty kicks in the first half after Prahran’s foul count went out of control. Carlton started the second half well but Prahran maintained possession and were much more efficient in moving the ball around. They were 4-3 up, but Carlton love late fight backs, none more-so then Hooman Shekari who equalized with 30 seconds to go leaving the Prahran boys fuming.
Referees: Nectar Karalis & Duck Farah
FC Prahran: Michael Habashi 1, Haider Noor 2, Maxim Avram 1
FC Carlton: Hooman Shekari 2, Hamid Hassanikhoo 2
Fitzroy FC 5 vs 3 Ashburton FC 9:30pm
It was a tasty match program, and with the two previous games entertaining the crowd, this was the one everybody was waiting for. Both sides had won there previous 3 and fielded two strong Futsal sides. Ashburton coached by Victorian Mens State Coach Paul Vidic set there stall early, a full press, stop James Blackburn & attack at every opportunity. Fitzroy lead by keeper of the year Flo Deffner played an intelligent and experienced game with some good individual performances but a terrific team effort.
Ashburton took the lead early with Brazilian Junior Melo scoring from an acute angle. The game was played at a breathtaking pace and both sides looked to tire early, there was no chance for a rest when a quick side ball found Blackburn and in less then a second he had flicked and smashed a volley at 200km/h down the heart of the Ashburton goal. Ashburton wild child Igor Arsovski criticised an average refereeing performance from the bench, received a yellow, and then a straight red for later chopping Fitzroy’s Leonardo. Flo was lucky to be on the pitch after preventing a goal scoring opportunity handballing outside the area, a yellow deemed worthy by official Ricardo.
Fitzroy played well and deserved the 3-1 half time lead, even with Boris Masic’s harsh own goal. He was at fault for not marking Manny Karis who vitally volleyed home from a corner. Husseini gifted Blackburn with his second and the game was out of reach, Ashburton played well but it was two late consolation goals too late. Fitzroy have to be title favourites, the invincibles, Ashburton need to regroup and beat Metropolitan next week.
Referees: Ricardo Arajuo & Nectar Karalis
Fitzroy FC: James Blackburn 2, Manny Karas 1 , James Sibley 1, Boris Masic OG.
Ashburton FC: Junior Melo 3
FC Essendon 7 vs 3 FC Geelong 10:15pm
V-League night wound down with champions Essendon toying with new boys Geelong. The champions never hit 4th gear and were strengthened by the return of Vlajko Bosniac, who possesses skills of some the games greats. Vlajko lead the line with an early hat trick; astonishingly Alexander the Great didn’t score a goal but im sure he’d be more then happy to be back to winning ways! He was twice thwarted by Geelong’s ever present goal keeper who had his work cut out from the first minute with the two Stevanovic brother’s toe poking from everwhere.
Essendon had a corner early in the second half when the two brothers linked up with a rocket side foot into the bottom right hand corner of the Geelong goal. It was a dire affair in the second half, out of the bottom 3 sides at the minute, Geelong fight until the final whistle. This will serve them well as they have learnt some hard lessons over the past 4 weeks. The V-League is a ruthless competition, you need to study each side very carefully, analyse strengths and pinpoint weaknesses’.
Until next week, goodbye!
Referees: Duck Farah & Nectar Karalis
FC Essendon: Vlajko Bosniac 3, Ivan Stevanovic 2, Igor Stevanovic 1, Dusan Bosniak 1
FC Geelong: Adrian Bond 1, Aaron D’Antino 1, Gareth Demink 1