Ashburton grab points over Essendon
With an unchanged team going into the 2013 season Ashburton FC will be looking to finish in the top three after a disappointing 2012-13 season. FC Essendon on the other hand have welcomed in a new manager Corey Smith and plus the additions of Matt Jamieson and Gerry Verde which should help with them moving up the ladder in 2013.
The match started at a slow tempo with both teams looking to take an early advantage. Ashburton had all the early efforts on goal and eventually opened the scoring when Brazilian playmaker Lucas Kruel nut-megged an opponent and found Matteo Rocca at the back post to give Ashburton the lead. Both teams continued to look for a goal but it remained locked at 1-0 at half time.
The second half was more of the same and both teams had chances. It was Ashburton who where next to score an extend their lead through captain Andrea Farina with a shot that gave Essendon shot-stopper Gerry Verde no chance of saving. To Essendon’s credit they didn’t give up and they pulled one back through new recruit Matt Jamieson. The last five minutes was end to end with both teams more focused on attack, but the match finished 2-1 to Ashburton.
Ashburton Star Matteo Rocca spoke after the match and was delighted with his teams performance “The boys worked hard tonight and created a number of chances, Essendon are a good side and will do well this year. We have a good team and hopefully we can continue to improve and push Pascoe Vale and Vic Vipers for the title.”
When asked about his combination with Brazilian Lucas Kruel “It is great playing with a player like Lucas, his passing is the best in the Nike V-League and it is fun to play with a player of his qulality”
13. Lorenzo De Paris (GK), 4. Michele Giotta, 5. Lucas Kruel, 7. Moe Matar, 8. Mohamed Algorabi, 10. Andrea Farina, 17. Robert Armellini, 19. Matteo Rocca, 18. Con Makris (GK), Manager: Ben Gearboc
Yellow Cards: Lucas Kruel
1. Gerry Verde, 2. Gustavo Candello, 4. Alejandro Osorio, 6. Danillo Bonilla, 7. Alex Cobo, 9. Brian Vanega, 19. Matt Jamieson.
Yellow Cards: Gustavo Candello, Brian Vanega
Ashburton FC 2 (Matteo Rocca, Andrea Farina) def. FC Essendon 1 (Matt Jamieson)
Hume cruise to victory over Fitzroy
Hume FC started the campaign in fine style recording a 6-2 victory over the young Fitzroy outfit. Matty “Boom Boom” Vragovski was the star of the show for Hume his four quality strikes ensured his team would get off to a good start.
Fitzroy FC 2 (Joe Manteleone, Ilhan Altontas) lost to. Hume FC 6 (Matthew Vragovski 4, Ahmed Azzam, Resit Culculoglu)
Pascoe Vale struggle to beat Brimbank
In a match that saw the State League champions up against the Nike V-League champions it was a game that didn’t really deliver. With Pascoe Vale missing a number of stars after their recent FAFL Cup victory, it was a lack luster performance from the make shift side. Brimbank were unlucky not to walk away with a point had it not been from Pascoe Vale keeper Cem Bicer who pulled off some critical saves to ensure Pascoe Vale started with a win.
Brimbank FC 0 lost to. Pascoe Vale FC 1 (Saleh Sefil)
Metro account for Brunswick
CF Brunswick have recruited well in the offseason obtaining the services of Pascoe Vale players Jose Portillo and Felipe Tadashi, while Metropolitan FC welcomed back State League top Scorer Ivan Zilic. This was a high scoring affair that could have gone either way, but it was the expireanced Metropolitan side that took the point with a hard fought victory.
CF Brunswick 6 (Jose Portillo, Duke Duva 2, Clint Mogoai, Josh Slovacek, Ruz Roslan) lost to. Metropolitan FC 8 (Alija Redzepovic 3, Tomislav Grgic 2, Alexander Stevanovic, Ivan Zilic, Dino Redzepovic)
Mickleham shock the Vipers
Vic Vipers didn’t have the best of seasons in 20122-13 and nearly took the title while Mickleham FC had been promoted from the State League. Michleham FC got off to the perfect start with Lachlan Campbell scoring a double to shock the Vipers. The Vipers were missing a spark and Mickleham took full advantage taking the points with a 4-2 victory.
Vic Vipers 2 (Miguel Barrigos, Heip Tran) lost to. Mickleham FC 4 (Lachlan Campbell 2, Iggy Filipovic, Davor Kusturie)
Moreland steal victory at the death
Moreland FC had a good first season in the Nike V-League and was looking to spoil the newly promoted FC Carlton’s opening match in the V-League. Carlton started the match strongly and got off to an early lead, Moreland came back and the second half was a real battle. With Carlton in foul trouble Moreland took full advantage to take the points late on.
FC Carlton 5 (Cuneyt Aydin, Abdullah Ercetih, John-Philip Nicolacopoulos 2) lost to. Moreland FC 7 (Sebastian Ingrosso 3, Richard Parker 3, Cuneyt Aydin (OG)