Round 12 was upon us and what a round it was kicked off between relegation threatened Richmond and Fitzroy. Great things were expected from a new look Fitzroy side however the killer bee’s stunned them opening the scoring through Giuseppe Amonail. Richmond battled hard but could not stop the Mercurial One James Blackburn from equalizing and soon after providing the assist for Richie Ferguson to put the tigers 2-1 ahead. Blackburn was having his best game in a long time grabbing his second of the night and putting his side 3-1 in front. Blackburn was in everything that was good for the tigers providing a lovely ball for Ferguson who turned it in with his head. Amonail got one back to keep Richmond in the hunt, although immediately after the restart Josh Berrios provided a magnificent assist for Nadim El Zein to score his first of the night. Richmond would not go away though with Taylan Aksoy getting his first, but their joy was short lived as Rashidi got one the score sheet, It was goal for goal as Ninos Emmanuel kept the killer bees in the hunt. Ferguson finished off a brilliant team move for his hat-trick and some good work from new manager Greg Lascaris set up Berrios to finish it off Greg having a fine game as his side jump into 8th place while Richmond look almost certain to be relegated at this stage.
North Melbourne FC 7-2 Metropolitan FC
It was built up as match of the round in form Metro took on the unbeaten vipers but it didn’t take long for the vipers to open the scoring through Kui Mu. Kui was at it again just minutes later scoring an identical goal to put his side 2-0 in front. Christos Apostolakis was having a blinder keeping anything Metropolitan threw at his out. Finally it was 5 time leading goal scorer Alexander Stevanovic pulling one back for the sky blues. After the half time break in form Adam Cooper drove one home to give his side the ascendancy, After grinding incredibly hard Tomoslav Grigic pulled one back for the sky blues and just seconds later they could have been level with Dino Rezepovic blowing a golden chance to make it 3-3. Metro were punished at the other end by Adam Cooper before a pair of Mirza Pedic goals put the game seemingly out of reach a classy chip by Alex Jankovic finished off the night in style. With that result the vipers went clear top of the table while the loss saw the sky blues stay in 5th.
CF Brunswick 3-3 Pascoe Vale FC
The next clash saw top of the table Pascoe Vale take on struggling Brunswick. The bloods were sporting a host of new signings while the lions were at full strength for the first time all season. Opening up Andre Caro’s return to the side saw him score a stunning volley to open the scoring. Jose Portillio looked menacing every time he got on the ball, Although It accounted for nothing as Vadim Mazursky put the lions 2-0 ahead. Portillio scored a magnificent solo effort to get Brunswick back into the game and just minutes later had them level scoring a belter of a goal. It was Portillio who had the lions in all sorts hitting the post just minutes later; the atmosphere was electric inside the stadium as Joao Da Silva put the lions 3-2 ahead before a lapse in concentration saw the leading goal scorer Joao Da Silva sent off. This paved the way for Jose Portillio to complete his hat-trick and Brunswick’s comeback scoring the resulting free kick and sending the fans into raptures as Brunswick grabbed a memorable draw which put the bloods up to 9th and saw Pascoe Vale lose vital ground in the title hunt.
FC Essendon 6-6 Ashburton FC
After some action packed games the next clash had a lot to live up to. Phil Robotis opened the scoring for the green machine before in form Juso grabbed an equalizer. Vlado Zoric put Essendon 2-1 ahead, But 2 goals in quick succession from Leonardo Correa and Jermaine Deng. A quick fires double to the wanderers Brazilian Maestro Diego Assaeda gave them a 4-3 lead. Juso continued the run of goals as he scored another stunning goal to give the wanderers a 5-3 lead. The game looked dead and buried but Ashburton found something extra as goals to Evangelista, Robotis & Deng had the green machine in pole position to take all 3 points. However in the form Juso is in it was not going to be long before he grabbed another and leveled the scores at 6-6 that’s how it finished with Essendon staying in the top 4 while Ashburton climb into 7th.
FC Balwyn 2-3 FC Prahan
With Pascoe Vale dropping points this seemed the perfect chance for Prahran to make their move against a solid Balwyn line up. The match began with Marcos Barbosa scoring possibly goal of the week with a chip from almost half way to open the scoring. Tony Saric scored a toe poke to equalize for Balwyn. Before possibly miss of the season from Maxi Avram, However being the great player that he is he bounced back to put Prahran 2-1 in front, The warriors in form shot stopper Michael Chami was having another brilliant night in goals making some important saves to keep Prahran ahead. Balwyn kept pressuring the warriors and won a 5th foul penalty which was converted by Tony Saric to make it 2-2. If not for the bullets young keeper Frano Saric the score line may have been worse that it was as he had a night to remember but there was nothing he could do to keep Mogoai out whom put the Warriors 3-2 ahead although Balwyn were still in with a shot when Marcos Barbosa was shown a second yellow with 7 minutes remaining however the bullets could not find an equalizer which kept them in 6th place on the table while in form Prahran stay 3rd but gained a valuable 2 points on Pascoe Vale.
Mickleham FC 1-10 Brimbank FC
The final clash of the night saw a new look Mickleham side take on fellow strugglers Brimbank. The game began with bruisers getting the better of the hammers opening the scoring through Aden Alicevic, Alija Karic added the bruisers second before Alicevic doubled up to make it 3-0. Mark Borchett got one right on half time whistle to give Brimbank an unassailable lead. The Bruisers came out in the second half and showed no mercy to Mickleham with Mesinovic getting 2 quick goals to put them 6-0 ahead. Minh Nguyen got one back for Mickleham but it was all in vein as Alicevic got 2 more goals to get 4 on his return to the side. The night was capped off by Alija Karic making it a convincing 10-1 score line. The win saw Brimbank leapfrog their opponents into 10th while Mickleham drop into 11th.
Round 12 Results Wednesday February 8
- 6:30 FC Richmond v Fitzroy FC 4 – 8
- 7:15 Metropolitan FC v North Melbourne FC 7 – 2
- 8:00 CF Brunswick v Pascoe Vale FC 3 – 3
- 8:45 FC Essendon v Ashburton FC 6 – 6
- 9:30 FC Balwyn v FC Prahran 2 – 3
- 10:15 Brimbank FC v Mickleham FC 1 – 10
Round 13 Clashes Wednesday February 15
- 6:30 Brimbank FC v Pascoe Vale FC
- 7:15 FC Richmond v Ashburton FC
- 8:00 Metropolitan FC v FC Prahran
- 8:45 FC Balwyn v FC Essendon
- 9:30 Mickleham FC v North Melbourne FC
- 10:15 CF Brunswick v Fitzroy FC
Go to futsaloz.tv to see video highlights of the matches.