Lions and Vipers maintain unbeaten run as ladder begins to take shape
FC Essendon 10-6 Elsternwick FC
After 4 action packed rounds, Round 5 could only be bigger and better. First clash on the card featured cellar dwellers FC Essendon who took on Elsternwick. As both sides were looking to get their season off the mark. First half was fairly even and packed full of goals as the Royals went into half time leading 5-4. Although staying tight for a long period of time Essendon managed to break the backs of their young opposition winning 10-6 in the end. It was a much needed 3 points for the Wanderers in their quest for top 8 glory.
Goals – FCE – T.Aksoy 4, D.Assaeda, I.Filipovic 2, P.Robotis, N.Kovacevic
EFC – C.Rajab 2, D.Lasic, T.Caraglio, K.Marrotta, A.Turgut
Best – FCE – T.Aksoy, D.Assaeda, P.Robotis
EFC – D.Lasic, C.Rajab
FC Prahran 3-5 Ashburton FC
Next up a struggling Prahran outfit took on a Green Machine that looked like finally hitting their straps. Although being heavy favourites Ashburton only lead 2-1 at the break. Prahran had no answers in the second half as Ashburton piled on 3 quick goals to break the backs of their opposition. A couple of late goals from the warriors gave the scoreline some respectability but in the end Ashburton continued their recent run of form to jump into 5th place and within touching distance of the top 4.
Goals – FCP – C.Mogoai 2, C.Holmes
AFC – S.Soufi 3, A.Dortenzio, A.Farina
Best – FCP – M.Chami, C.Holmes, M.Avram
AFC – S.Soufi, J.Castaldo, A.Dortenzio
Hume FC 2-5 Pascoe Vale FC
Hume & Pascoe Vale have had some epic encounters in the past and the lions would have to be wary of their opposition as an upset looked on the cards. The first half looked a little slow and sluggish with Hume getting the only goal to lead 1-0 at the half time break. The second half opened with a bang as the lions equalized early on in the half and ran away with 5 unanswered goals proving their downfall. Hume pulled one back late but it was only conciliation as their topsy turvy form continued.
Goals – HFC – S.Cicek, C.Cicekdag
PVFC – E.Simsek 2, M.Burton 2, B.Polatti
Best – HFC – C.Monuz, R.Culculoglu
PVFC – E.Simsek, M.Burton, A.Caro
Vic Vipers FC 8-4 Metropolitan FC
After seeing Pascoe Vale keep their unbeaten run on course with the showdown against their arch rivals a week from kick off. The first half swung more in favour of the sky blues with Dino Redzepovic the star hitting a first half hat-trick but the Vipers rallied to go into half time 3-3. Although being held for a long period of the half the Vipers class and experience got them over the lime 8-4 in the end. It was a big win in the end as El Classico looms and the battle for supremacy lingers on.
Goals – VVFC – M.Pedic 2, Jas.Barrientos 2, A.Cooper, Jon Barrientos, A.Jankovic, K.Mu
MFC – D.Redzepovic 4
Best – VVFC – Jas.Barrientos, Jon.Barrientos, M.Pedic
MFC – D.Redzepovic
FC Collingwood 4-6 FC Balwyn
Next clash saw cellar dwellars Collingwood take on 3rd placed Balwyn. Missing deadly striker Robert Zadworny to a long term ankle injury Balwyn needed another 3 points to stay in touch with the top. Balwyn had a strong start to the game leading 4-2 at the half with Collingwood struggling badly to get into the game. A second half fightback from the Woods was not enough as they went down 6-4 in the end which puts them further into the relegation battles.
Goals – FCC – C.Zabel 2, A.Badawy, F.Orozco
FCB – B.Bodo 2, I.Zilic, T.Saric, F.Saric, T.Imeri
Best – FCC – C.Zabel
FCB – F.Saric, B.Bodo, T.Saric
Albert Park FC 2-2 CF Brunswick
Final clash on the card saw newly promoted Albert Park take on a shaky brunswick. A quite even first half had the Bloods leading 2-1 at the break courtesy of a double from Jose Portillio. Brunswick were expected to go on with it in the second half but Albert Park held them and hit one back on the counter attack to get their first point in the NIKE V-League Premiership and throw Brunswicks quest for a top 4 finish severley damaged as they slip into 6th.
Goals – APFC – M.Sied 2
CFB – J.Portillio
Best – APFC – M.Sied, J.Tran,
CFB – J.Portillio, L.Digby
1. D.Redzepovic – MFC – 13
2. S.Soufi – AFC – 12
3. E.Simsek – PVFC – 11
4. B.Bodo – FCB – 10
5. K.Majbouri – PVFC – 9