Reports and Photos from the latest round
The last round of the 2012 Nike V-League and Pascoe Vale FC have wrapped up their 3rd premiership, following a 7-3 victory over FC Collingwood in a catch-up match played last Friday, In other catch-up matches on the night Vic Vipers defeated Brunswick FC 4-2 and FC Prahan accounted for FC Balwyn 8-2.
FC Collingwood take the points from CF Brunswick
An Adam Orme hat-trick has help inspire his team to a 6-5 victory over CF Brunswick. With both teams at the bottom of the table it was important for CF Brunswick to win to avoid the relegation playoffs. As a result it was 2-2 in the opening 10mins of the match. Collingwood took a 4-3 lead into half time and it was the odd goal that always separated the teams throughout the match. The loss for Brunswick has now forced them in the relegation playoff along with Collingwood and Albert Park.
FC Collingwood 6 (Adam Orme 3, Fleiful Habib 2, Alex Avrigen) def. CF Brunswick 5 (Duke Duva 2, Yaw Nana, Ryan Fillipovic, Mathieu Piga)
FC Prahran to strong for relegated Elsternwick FC
Elsternwick FC were playing for pride after their fate was sealed last week against FC Collingwood. Prahran have looked dangerous since the return of influential star Maxi Avram, it has also seen Richie Ferguson have a new lease of life as both players feed well off one another. Not much could separate the teams at half time the scores were locked at 2-2 with both team working hard in defence it was a battle to retain the ball. In the second half FC Prahran made their chances count as the banged in 6 goals to secure the points, Prahran did get a late conciliation goal as the game finished 8-3
FC Prahran 8 (Richard Ferguson 2, Cameron Holmes, Maxi Avram, Sim Rahim, Ben Armstrong) def. FC Elsternwick 3 (Kurt Marotta 2, Steve Nicolaidis)
Pascoe Vale FC ensure happy ending as they finish the season defeating Metropolitan
Metropolitan FC started the match the stronger of the two and opened the scoring with two sublime finishes by Alexander Stevanovic to give Metropolitan and early lead. Pascoe Vale than came to life and lead by their top scorer Joao Da Silva they went in to the break leading 6-5 in an game that seem to be all about attack.
In the second it was more of the same as the high scoring continued. Pascoe Vale scored the goal of the night with a fine one touch passing move that started in their own half and resulted in a back post tap in after 6 or 7 passes. Metropolitan tried in vein to the draw level but looked to run out of ideas when they went to the 5th man power play.
Injured captain Andre Caro was delighted to have won the league as he spoke with us after the game “This is our third premiership and was one of the toughest seasons I have played in the Nike V-League, every week was a battle and we are so happy to have won it and to finish the season with a victory”
“The team have had some good results this season plus we won the FAFL cup two weeks ago and on Friday we have the League Cup verse our biggest rivals Vic Vipers so hopefully we can win that and retain the trophy”
When asked about the game Caro said “it was not our best performance as we struggled to get motivated for the game after winning the Nike V-League last Friday, so it was always going to be a hard game and we seem to always struggle against Metropolitan as they are a physical side and are very dangerous on the break but tonight I felt we didn’t put the game away and missed some vital chances which allowed Metropolitan to stay in the game”
Pascoe Vale FC 9 (Joao Da Silva 4, Ernie Simsek 2, Kasra Majbouri, Brenno Polatti, James Blackburn) def. Metropolitan FC 7 (Alexandar Stevanovic 2, Dino Redzepovic 2, Jusuf Avdic, Alija Redzepovic, Tomoslav Grigic)
Vic Vipers get lucky to share the points with Albert Park
Albert Park nearly saved there best for last as the pushed the much-fancied Vic Vipers all the way. Albert Park lead by Francis Ho caused the Vipers defence havoc all game, and it was that man Ho who opened the scoring after a well worked counter attack found him free on the top of the “D” and he slotted past Christos Apostolakis in the Vipers goal to give Albert Park a deserved. Ho added a second with a fine finish from an acute angle not long after to extend Albert Parks lead. Vic Vipers had no answers and it was left to Adam Cooper to fire long range effots at the Albert Park goal. Minutes before half time and the upset looked on when Brandon Khenkitisak added a third for Albert Park.
The second half was a different story as the Vipers began to look like a team sitting at the top of the table. Vipers got on the board with hard working Target Ricardo Castro pressured Albert Park keeper Jamie Tran in to a poor clearance that Castro pounced on and put into an empty net giving the Vipers a glimmer of hope. The Vipers than pulled another back through Adam Cooper and it was game on as the Vipers were coming. With 6 minutes left Ricardo Castro drew Vipers level as Albert Park were running out of legs. We were set for a dramatic finish and with 20 seconds left Ricardo Castro nearly scored a sensational bicycle kick hit the post. The match ended 3-3 and was a fair result, but one Albert Park will look back on as one that got away.
Vic Vipers FC 3 (Ricardo Castro 2, Adam Cooper) drew with. Albert Park FC 3 (Francis Ho 2, Brendan Khenkitisak)
FC Balwyn win by the odd goal over FC Essendon
FC Balwyn solid end to the season finished on a good note with a hard fought victory over FS Essendon. The first half saw seven goals scored thanks double strikes from captain Tony Imeri and Mark Saric for Balwyn, for Essendon Dushan Dimic got a double and Ignat Filipovic rounded off the scoring for the first half. In the second half both team found it hard to get going and as a result there was no real intensity in the game and the goals dried up with both team only adding a goal a piece in during the 20mins
FC Balwyn 5 (Tony Imeri 2, Mark Saric 2, Tony Saric) def. FC Essendon 4 (Dushan Dimic 2, Ignat Filipovic, Taylan Aksoy )
Hume FC outclass Ashburton
Matthew Vragovski scored an impressive hat-trick that help lead his side Hume FC to victory, this also meant they finished above Ashburton in the final table. Ashburton struggled to match Hume enthusiasm and really had no ideas how to breakdown the Hume defence. League top scorer Sofiane Soufi also struggled to get into the game as his every move was covered by Hume star Resit Culculoglu. Hume took the points after finding the net six time with some great team goals, while Ashburton will walk away disappointed to end the season with a loss.
Hume FC 6 (Matthew Vragoski 3, Sacid Cicek 2, Vadim Mazursky) def. Ashburton 3 (Matteo Rocca, Robert Armellini, Julien Afonseca)
Next weeks FOz Cup matches
- 7:20pm – Pascoe Vale FC vs. FC Essendon
- 8:10pm – Vic Vipers FC vs. FC Prahran
- 9:00pm – Balwyn vs. Ashburton
- 9:50pm – Metropolitan FC vs. Hume FC
Leading Goal Scorers
- Sofiane Soufi (Ashburton FC)– 50 Goals
- Alexander Stevanovic (Metropolitan FC) – 36 Goals
- Dino Redzepovic (Metropolitan FC) – 33 Goals
- Joao Da Silva (Pascoe Vale) – 32 Goals
- Ben Bodo (FC Balwyn) – 29 Goal
- Alija Redzepovic (Metropolitan FC) – 27 Goals