Cellar dwellars show signs of life
6:30pm Metropolitan FC 9-7 FC Richmond
To kick off the card 4th placed Metropolitan took on cellar dwellers Richmond. The night did not start well for the killer bees as Alija Redzepovic opened the scoring to put Richmond on the back foot. Taylan Aksoy equalized soon after, Before Dino Redzepovic put Metropolitan ahead once again. If not for Richmond shot stopper Chris Sagewood it could have got a lot worse as he made a couple of fine saves to keep Richmond in it. It was Aksoy again who equalized for the bees before quick fire braces from Tomoslav Grigic and Alexander Stevanovic suddenly had the sky blues away to a 6-2 lead. It was that man Aksoy though causing all the headaches for the sky blues as he completed his hat-trick. Metropolitan got on another goal scoring run with Irzad Spijodic, Jusuf Avdic & Alija Redzepovic seemingly killing off the tie. Despite being 9-3 behind Richmond were not giving up as they almost sparked an amazing comeback with Ninos Emmanuel got on the board before 3 more goals to Aksoy gave the bees a sniff. In the end though it was too little too late as Richmond stayed bottom but for a resurgent Metropolitan they stay 4th but move clear of the chasing pack.
7:20pm Pascoe Vale FC 4-3 Ashburton FC
After knocking off the invincible’s on Friday night Pascoe Vale were not expecting a tough encounter with the Green Machine Ashburton but they got more then they bargained for early on with the big Frenchman Sofiane Soufi giving the green machine a shock lead with a sublime chip just minutes later before he doubled it with a quality finish. Soon after Rodrigo Evangelista had the green machine 3-0 ahead with a well taken free kick with Soufi as the lion’s title dream was hanging by a thread. No matter what the lions threw at their opposition they could not break their defense with Harry Kitharidis having another superb game in goals. Behind 3-0 at half time lions manager Paul Vidic gave his team a massive talking too and they came out better for it in the second half with Mark Burton converting a beautiful chip to drag Pascoe Vale back into the match. Andre Caro then scored a cracking goal to have Pascoe Vale within striking distance of their opponents, and if not for 2 world class saves by lions shot stopper Dianaoosh Rasoulzadeh the game could have been all but over. An amazing through ball from Caro set up the equalizer for Brenno Polatti. With the game seemingly heading for a draw Pascoe Vale won a corner and had all their men forward and it was only fitting that a half court thunderbolt from the lions goalkeeper Rasoulzadeh caused the crowd to go wild and within a matter of seconds he went from hero to villain being sent off although that did little to dampen the lions mood as they stayed in second place while Ashburton drop into 7th but could be proud of their efforts.
8:10pm North Melbourne FC 5-4 FC Prahran
After seeing their arch rivals grind out a win North Melbourne knew they had to bounce back from their first defeat in 40 games while for Prahran a win would severely dent their the vipers title charge. It was the vipers who got off to the better start after a defensive error from Marcos Barbosa gave Mirza Pedic the opener. New signing Ahmed Azzam had an immediate impact as he set up Maxi Avram for the opener which had the player manager doing cartwheels. While Prahran celebrated their equalizer Pedic scored a screamer to give the vipers back the lead. In an action packed game Barbosa equalized for the warriors with an easy finish. Immediately after that Thiago Priori scored from the restart and before he even got back into his own half Cameron Holmes scored from Prahran restart. Not long after a Resit Culculoglu toe poke had the wanderers 4-3 ahead and in sight of victory although it was the somewhat forgotten figure at North Melbourne Alex Jankovic who proved to be the hero for the vipers with 2 goals late on winning the somewhat crazy game for his side and keeping up their slender lead at the top of the league while for Prahran they could almost forget about a title challenge this season blowing their chance at glory but still staying 3rd and in hope of a cup run.
9:00pm Mickleham FC 3-7 FC Essendon
After 2 action packed game this had a lot to live up to as a new look Mickleham took on strugglers Essendon. It got off to the perfect start for the hammers with Koteski opening the scoring. However Essendon responded in style with 3 quick goals through Diego Assaeda, Udit Dhawan & Ignat Filipovic. A defensive error from the usually composed Vlado Zoric let Hossein Mirza in for the hammers second. Not long after Dhawan grabbed his second of the night. Assaeda had a chance to finish off the game but spurned his chance from the 5th foul penalty spot. Surposki got his sides 3rd goal of the night but their chance of a comeback was short lived as Assaeda doubled up and Zoric scored 2 late goals to put some polish on the result the much needed win sent the wanderers back up into 5th while the loss keeps the hammers in 11th spot and in danger of relegation.
9:50pm Fitzroy FC 1-4 Brimbank FC
As the night rolled on the next game saw 2 sides that have had up and down seasons both sides were almost at full strength. Brimbank were quickly into their stride as Aden Alicevic opened their account early on. It was Alicevic again for the Bruisers who added his second and his team’s second, with Fitzroy struggling for goals they needed their young guns to stand up but sadly for them in was Emir Ameti who got his name on the scoresheet. Chris Yang pulled one back and gave his side a sniff but any hope they had was quickly put to bed by the man of the moment Aden Alicevic completing his hat-trick and sending Brimbank into 9th place as the loss saw Fitzroy slump into 8th place and in danger of slipping even lower.
10:40pm CF Brunswick 4-6 FC Balwyn
The final clash of the night saw struggling Brunswick outfit take on a high flying Balwyn. It was Balwyn’s captain Tony Imeri who opened the scoring for Balwyn. A swift counter attack saw Robert Zadwarny set up Ivan Zilic for his first of the night. Zilic was tearing Brunswick apart with a smart finish for his second of the match. Haider Noor responded soon after with his first of the night to keep the bloods in it and Ruz Roslan pulled back another for the reds to have them within one of their opposition. It was Balwyn’s superstar Zilic that killed off the game scoring twice more. Matt Italiano gave the bloods some hope getting his first of the night. It was a night for Ivan Zilic though as he set up his captain Imeri for his second of the match. Antonis Apostolakis got a late conciliation for Brunswick and Tony Saric missed a late 5th foul penalty but it made little difference. The win saw Balwyn move into 6th win a game in hand while for Brunswick they slipped even lower into the relegation zone into 10th and still struggling for form 15 rounds into the NIKE V-League premiership season.
- Joao Da Silva 35
- Maxi Avram 32
- Alija Redzepovic 31
- Sofiane Soufi 25
- Mirza Pedic 25
Round 15 Clashes Wednesday February 29
- 6:30 Metropolitan FC v FC Richmond 9 – 7
- 7:15 Pascoe Vale FC v Ashburton FC 4 – 3
- 8:00 North Melbourne FC v FC Prahran 5 – 4
- 8:45 Mickleham FC v FC Essendon 3 – 7
- 9:30 Brimbank FC v Fitzroy FC 4 – 1
- 10:15 CF Brunswick v FC Balwyn 4 – 6
Round 16 Clashes Wednesday March 7
- 6:30 Fitzroy FC v Ashburton FC
- 7:15 Brimbank FC v FC Prahran
- 8:00 Pascoe Vale FC v FC Balwyn
- 8:45 CF Brunswick v Metropolitan FC
- 9:30 North Melbourne FC v FC Essendon
Go to futsaloz.tv to see video highlights of the matches.