Bullets shoot through Green Machine
6:30pm Brimbank FC 2-13 FC Essendon
The night opened up with two sides whose form is very unpredictable. It was Essendon who made a dream start courtesy of a well-timed toe poke from Diego Assaeda. Alex Vasilevski equalised shortly after, With Juso Julardzija returning to the wanderer’s line up and he made an immediate impact giving his side the lead before a thunderbolt from Diego Assaeda had them 3-1 ahead. Brimbank were missing the influence of their talisman Adem Alicevic and it showed as Julardzija hit 2 more quick goals before the break to complete his hat-trick and give his side a 5-1 half time lead. Mark Borchett opened the scoring in the second half as he gave the bruisers hope. However when Julardzija netted his 4th it looked all but over, Soon after old timer Vlado Zoric opened his account for the night and quickly doubled it to have Essendon in complete control. A huge mistake from Muhammad Kuzucu let in Bojan Antunovic open his V-League goals account. Udit Dhawan coolly finished again as Brimbank looked a sorry sight. Julardzija calmly added his 5th and showed how valuable he is to his side before 2 more quick strikes from Zoric took his tally to 4 for the night and put some polish on the result. The win puts Essendon into 6th place while Brimbank continue to blow chances to climb the table staying in 10th.
7:20pm Pascoe Vale FC 9-1 Mickleham FC
After watching Brimbank go down there was a chance for Mickleham to gain vital ground in the race for cup action but it would be no easy task against a rampaging Pascoe Vale. Any chance Mickleham had was quickly swept away as Joao Da Silva opened the scoring inside 30 seconds. To Mickleham’s credit they were fighting hard and negated the lions for a large chunk of the first half until the floodgates opened. Brenno Polati finished off a sublime passing move from his side before Da Silva scored a thumper to have his lions in complete control. James Blackburn then finished off some good work from Vadim Mazurskiy to make it 4-0 at half time. After the break hammers player manager Reuben Tripunoski scored a thunderbolt to give the hammers a shot. Although it was always going to be difficult as Pascoe Vales passing game ran them ragged when Blackburn finished off another fine move. Da Silva completed his hat-trick and stamped his authority as the most prolific scorer in the league. Blackburn also grabbed his hat-trick not long after as he continued to prove his much maligned transfer to the lions was the right move. 2 late goals from Mazurskiy sealed a commanding 9-1 victory and kept Pascoe Vale within touching distance of arc rivals North Melbourne ahead of the El Clasico next week, Mickleham however stay 11th and look certain for the relegation play offs.
8:10pm North Melbourne 5-3 FC Brunswick
After seeing rivals Pascoe Vale record another victory and temporarily go top it was up to the vipers to regain top spot ahead of next week’s El Clasico, With Goalkeeper Christos Apostolakis returning it was a real boost to the 11 man viper’s squad only missing Fernando De Moreas. As for Brunswick they were without prolific goal scoring machine Jose Portillio. Within minutes of the game beginning Thiago Priori finished off some good work from Adam Cooper to open the scoring. It was Priori again not long after doubling up and had north right on their way. The bloods got one back through a toe poke from Ricardo Castro, but it was a piece of Brilliance from Jonathan Barrientos to set up Colby Waterfield for a 3-1 lead. Castro again however pulled one back to have his bloods side within a goal at the break. After half time Brunswick were battling hard to stay with their lofty opponents and were doing a good job of it to before an unfortunate own goal had north 4-2 ahead and in the context of the game it seemed over. Brunswick’s never say die attitude was paying off for them when Ruz Roslan converted to have them back within a goal. In the end the bloods just didn’t have what it takes to beat a well drilled viper’s side as Cooper converted the 5th foul penalty to give his side a hard fought victory to keep top spot as for Brunswick it was a tale of their season just needing that little bit of luck and not getting it as they stay in 9th.
9:00pm Fitzroy FC 5-10 Metropolitan FC
The next clash of the night saw strugglers Fitzroy take on a rejuvenated Metropolitan. Jusuf Avdic opened the scoring for the sky blues with a thumper, only to have it cancelled out by Robert Armellini. An Andy Serez own goal had Metropolitan 2-1 ahead. A brilliant cross field ball from Avdic found the head of Alexander Stevanovic to put them 3-1 in front. Avdic doubled his tally shortly after to have Metropolitan running away with the game. A mistake in defence from Haider Noor let in Alija Redzepovic for his first of the game, Alija then turned assistant cutting it back for Alexander Stevanovic to send the sky blues into half time 6-1 to the good. Avdic got his hat-trick shortly after the break before Armellini got his second of the match. Tomo Grigic got in on the goal scoring act sinking his first and Metro’s 8th; As Alija grabbed his double to put the result beyond doubt. Armellini played a wonderful chip into Serez to add some respect to the score line. It seemed Armellini was running a one man team as he scored a fantastic solo goal. Richard Ferguson tapped in for his first of the night Before Alexander the great sealed his hat-trick and the 10-5 victory which saw the sky blues hold onto 4th place. As for Fitzroy they stayed in 8th but now can see the chasing pack over their shoulder.
9:50pm FC Prahran 7-3 FC Richmond
As the night rolled on Prahran were looking to continue their run of goals in recent week against bottom placed Richmond. It began well for Prahran with Cameron Holmes opening the scoring. Ben Armstrong was essentially leading the line for the warriors in the absence of inspirational skipper Maxi Avram and he popped up to double Prahran’s advantage. Richmond showed some fight in them yet with Taylan Aksoy and Giuseppe Amonail both grabbing goals and equalizing for the killer bees. Ahmed Azzam restored the warriors lead soon after and grabbed himself a double just minutes later. Ninos Emmanuel kept his side in it getting his name on the scoresheet. Marcos Barbosa killed off Richmond’s chances shortly after with a double of his own before Armstrong secured his brace. The win keeps Prahran 3rd and looking towards the cup, while for Richmond they slipped further into relegation trouble.
10:40pm Ashburton FC 8-9 FC Balwyn
The final clash of the night was between two sides in very similar places on the table. Ashburton looking to bounce back after a few defeats in a row, while Balwyn were coming off a good win over Fitzroy. Ivan Zilic got the bullets off to the perfect start opening the scoring. An unlucky own goal from bullets captain Tony Imeri was the equalizer. Aguek Aguek scored a towering header to give Ashburton the lead just minutes later Before Ben Bodo equalized for the bullets. Frano Saric made a brilliant save to deny the green machine shortly after. Sofiane Soufi having a rather quiet night by his lofty standards had his shot turned in by Jermaine Deng to restore his side’s advantage. Soufi got his first of the night too but Ashburton 4-2 in front. Tony Saric converted a 5th foul penalty to drag Balwyn back into the game before Tom Robinson an unlikely goal scorer restored the 2 goal advantage. Both sides were trading blows going goal for goal as Zilic got another. Robinson then added 2 more to complete an unlikely hat-trick. With Balwyn’s chance’s slipping they needed a miracle to comeback and Tony Saric converted another 5th foul penalty to keep Balwyn in the game. Soufi then dribbled 2 players and laid it off for Deng to keep Ashburton’s lead. Bodo got his second as he looked to spark Balwyn’s comeback as Tony Saric converted his hat-trick of penalties to equalize. With time running out Balwyn looked the more likely to get the winner and get it they did through young trickster Robert Zadwarney. Harry Kitharidis saved a 5th foul penalty off Tony Saric after the final whistle but it mattered little to Balwyn as they took down a fierce rival and jumped them on the ladder too climbing into 6th while Ashburton’s form slump continued dropping into 7th.
- Joao Da Silva 43
- Maxi Avram 37
- Sofiane Soufi 34
- Alija Redzepovic 34
- Jose Portillio 30
- Mirza Pedic 30
Round 18 Clashes Wednesday March 21
- 6:30 Brimbank FC v FC Essendon 2 – 13
- 7:20 Pascoe Vale FC v Mickleham FC 9 – 1
- 8:10 North Melbourne FC v CF Brunswick 5 – 3
- 9:00 Fitzroy FC v Metropolitan FC 5 – 10
- 9:50 FC Prahran v FC Richmond 7 – 3
- 10:40 Ashburton FC v FC Balwyn 8 – 9
Round 19 Clashes Wednesday March 28
- 6:30 FC Essendon v FC Richmond
- 7:20 FC Prahran v CF Brunswick
- 8:10 North Melbourne FC v Pascoe Vale FC
- 9:00 Ashburton FC v Metropolitan FC
- 9:50 Brimbank FC v FC Balwyn
- 10:40 Fitzroy FC v Mickleham FC
Go to futsaloz.tv to see video highlights of the matches.