Legea V-League Premiership Round 7 Review (VIC)

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Logo - Futsal Oz (Small)Wednesday the 4th of November

By Adam Husseini

Doncaster FC 2 vs 4 FC Carlton 6:30pm

Carlton vs. Doncaster opened the night’s proceedings with a real cliff hanger of a match. It was in the balance early with both teams setting their stalls early. Hamid Hassanikhoo fired in a free kick to open the scoring for FC Carlton but Giannikos equalised soon after with a nice toe poker. Shayan Alinejad (FCC) lived up to his glowing outdoor reputation with a fine display, starting a move from the back and finishing a nice move, scoring with his left foot into the near post top corner. Shayan then assisted debutant Mohammed Alghorabi setting up a 3-1 lead.

Younan (DFC) went solo numerous times when Giannikos was the better option, once off a clever side ball and then later off a cheeseburger long range strike rebound. Doncaster then scored off a side ball seconds later and were back in the game. 5 fouls sent Doncaster to the spot, Dianoosh Rasoulzadeh saved two long range penalties that kept his side in the lead. Younan fluffed a side ball and Shayan scored again to seal the deal for FC Carlton. Doncaster have really improved over the past few weeks, Carlton need to keep picking up points until injured and suspended players return.

Referees: Nectar Karalis & Ricardo Arajuo

Goal Scorers:
Doncaster: Bill Giannikos 1, Luke Kounnas 1
FC Carlton: Shayan Alinejad 2, Hamid Hassanikhoo 1, Mohammed Alghorabi 1

Pascoe Vale FC 8 vs 4 FC Essendon 7:15pm

Pascoe Vale, smashing teams in their wake took on the champions Essendon and continued there rich vein of form with an 8 – 4 win. Adrian D’Ortenzio has been in some terrific form of late; he latched onto a poor ball from Spiro Athana (FCE) and scored the opener for Pascoe Vale. Pascoe Vale had to slug out 40 minutes with only 5 players and they did a terrific job. They were always defensively sound back in threes and fours outnumbering Essendon and counter attacking frequently.

Alexander was the only futile Essendon resistance, and he equalised soon after D’Ortenzio’s opener. Adrian had his second when he checked, went down the line and fired one into the bottom left hand corner. Spiro (FCE) then had a shot deflected that Alexander headed home. 2-2 and it was game on. Alexander scored a well placed long range effort and at 3-2 the champions were up, Ivan missed a plethora of chances and Pascoe Vale equalised through Grigic before Adrian sealed the deal and Pascoe Vale went on to win comfortably. Pascoe Vale are looking to be real title contenders, the champions on the other hand look to have a premiership hangover.

Referees: Duck Farah & Nectar Karalis

Goal Scorers:
Pascoe Vale FC: Adrian D’Orenzio 4, Tomislav Grigic 3, Juan Sastre 1
FC Essendon: Alexander ‘the great’ Stevanovic 4

Metropolitan FC 4 vs 6 Fitzroy FC 8:00pm

Game of the round seems to be any game that involves Fitzroy, and more importantly James “the mercurial one” Blackburn, who had scored a heap of goals in his previous few games with two featuring in goal of the week segments. He wasn’t as prevalent for the gold outfit despite scoring a nifty hat trick, but it was fellow statesman James Sibley who stole the show with a stellar defensive performance on Metro’s front men and scored two crucial goals.

Victor Mosquita struck first though after a nifty deflection beat an unlucky Flo Deffner. Sibley (FFC) missed a sitter after the mercurial one dummied six times before crossing the ball in to assist. Blackburn blaster a thumper to snatch the lead and Dimitri (FCE) missed narrowly smashing the post. Ozdemir (MFC) had two bites of the cherry and was twice denied. Fitzroy stretched the lead, Fitzroy’s Brazilian courier, Leanardo Correa slid to another goal, 4-1. Fitzroy looked to run away with the game, but like the Ashburton game earlier in the season, gave away an unassailable lead as Brenno Polatti scored two to begin the fight back. Eren Ozdemir smashed home a corner flicked over everybody on the court and it was game on. The roar around the stadium was electric. Metro were again unlucky to loose, James Sibley punishing the samba side for some poor defending, Fitzroy have won 7 from 7.

Referees: Ricardo Arajuo & Duck Farah

Goal Scorers:
Metropolitan: Brenno Polatti 2, Victor Mesquita 1, Eren Ozdemir 1
Fitzroy FC: James Blackburn 3, James Sibley 2, Leonardo Correa 1

North Melbourne FC 4 – 2 FC Prahran 8:45pm

After the breathtaking Fitzroy vs. Metropolitan game, it was cup winners Prahran against heavyweights North Melbourne FC. Kui Mu came to the party with what must surely be goal of the round, with an electric turn and chip. It was a crucial goal as it established an early two nil lead for an invincible North Melbourne. They were 3-0 up in the second half, Prahran were never out of reach though and Sanjin Lazetic & Maxim Avram both scored to bring the game to 3-2, Kui scored the vital winner, and North Melbourne continue to win even with Fernando, Barrientos & Waterfield performing below par.

FC Prahran can take pride from their gallant performance, they were beaten by the better side but fought till the dying minutes and maintained a good level of composure. They are destined for a finish in the top half of the table, North Melbourne are genuine title contenders, again.

Referees: Nectar Karalis & Ricardo Arajuo

Goal Scorers:
North Melbourne FC: Kui Mu 2, Colby Waterfield 1, Milton Sakkos 1
FC Prahran: Maxim Avram 1, Sanjin Lazetic 1

Albert Park FC 6 – 4 Ashburton FC 9:30pm

Ashburton entered the game wounded the week before by a hungrier Pascoe Vale. Albert Park on the other hand left it late but comprehensively beat Doncaster so this was always going to be a mouth-watering match. It started at a relatively slow pace with Ashburton fashioning a series of chances and corners before Albert Park began to hit their groove. Counter attacking and playing a disciplined style of Futsal against a disjointed Ashburton. It wasn’t long until Ahmed Azzam and Ignat Filipovic were on the score sheet slotting either side of injured Anthony Wardan.

Albert Park scored four unanswered goals, Ashburton were in disarray going forward and just as bad in defence. Anthony Ramzy turned it on in the second half, but he was only as good as the service provided, and when he finally received the ball he proved how clinical his finishing is. That was the only good news for Ashburton, Boris Masic did okay in goals and provided the 5th man, but Albert Park never looked like losing, they climb up the ladder level on points with Ashburton.

Referees: Duck Farah & Nectar Karalis

Goal Scorers:
Albert Park FC: Ahmed Azzam 2, Ignjat Filipovic 2, Minja Savic 1, Alia Redzepovic 1
Ashburton: Anthony Ramzy 4

Melbourne University FC 6 vs 8 FC Geelong

Last, but not least, Melbourne University took on a resurgent FC Geelong featuring debutant Marcus Van Der Chys who scored a handy goal for the pussy cats. D’Antino scored a screamer into the top left corner from just over the half way line, and if it wasn’t for Kui Mu (NMFC) it would’ve been goal of the week.

MU culprit Duke Duva was amongst the goals again and this game started at a fierce pace, goal for goal. It wasn’t until MU allowed Van Der Chys too much time to score Geelongs 5th and stretch the game to a 5-2 lead. The game was full of high quality goals and Alex Victory also found the top corner.

It wasn’t enough though, Geelong ran out worthy winners. It was a real 6 pointer and both sides new that with 1/3 of the season behind us, relegation isn’t too far away for the bottom four this season.

A terrific night of Futsal yet again at the Victoria Street stadium, next weeks clashes have got me nervous already!

Referees: Duck Farah & Ricardo Arajuo

Goal Scorers:
Melbourne University FC: Duke Duva 3, Udit Dahwan 2, Alex Victory 1
FC Geelong: Robert Zadworny 3, Gareth De Mink 1, Dejan Rasic 1, Marcus Van Der Chys 1, Aaron D’Antino 1

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