Mickleham Futsal Club 1 – 6 Vic Vipers Futsal Club
MICK: I. Filipovic
VV: M. Avram 3, Jas. Barrientos 2, Jon. Barrientos
To kick off Round 12, we saw the Vic Vipers, who are just out of the top 4 go up against relegation threatened Mickleham. At first glance, one would have thought that the Vipers would easily defeat their lowly opponents, but in the last time these two met, Mickleham won the game 4-2! But that wasn’t the case in the first half as the vipers raced to a 2-0 lead through regular scorers Jason Barrientos and Maxi Avram. Mickleham were able to stem the flow of Vipers attacks early in the second half and even managed to pull a goal back through Ignat Filipovic, but any chance of Mickleham claiming a result went out the window as the Vipers booted the next four goals as Avram completed his hat trick and singles to Barrientos brothers Jason and Jonathan. It was a welcome return to the winners list for Spiro Kargas’ boys, seeing as they had recently lost 5-0 against Ashburton last Friday night.
Man of the Match: Maxi Avram (Vipers)
Hard to go past the man who bagged a flawless hat-trick and opened the game with one of the goals of the week.
Pascoe Vale Futsal Club 2 – 6 Brimbank Futsal Club
PV: S. Soufi, A. Semoas
BRIM: A. Alicevic 5, E. Hamre
The last time Pascoe and Brimbank met, the current champions got over the line with the smallest possible margin – a 1-0 win! So all eyes were on this 5pm clash to see if last seasons State League champions could claim an almighty upset as Pascoe haven’t been the intimidating force they used to be in recent weeks. Both sides couldn’t be separated in the first half as it ended 2-2, Sofiane Soufi and Andre Semoas netted for Pascoe, while Adem Alicevic had a first half double for Brimbank. In the second period of play, Pascoe Vale were no where to bee seen as their lower ranked opponents ran right over the top of them scoring four unanswered goals, as regular goal scorer Adem Alicevic bagging three (taking his match total to 5) and Erik Hamre claimed a single. It wasn’t as though Pascoe didn’t attack, but Brimbank keeper john Italia put in one of the finest keeping performances this season and not to forget the defenders placed in front of him in Adis Sehic, Emir Ameti and Fikret Causevic all had influential performances to quell Pascoe Vale’s usual flair. Paul Vidic’s men have now suffered two losses in three games and now anxiously await the result between Metropolitan and Brunswick to see if Metro can extend their gap between Pascoe at the top of the table.
Man of the Match: Adem Alicevic (Brimbank)
Brimbank’s and the V-League’s top goal scorer almost single handedly took one of the most feared teams in the league apart with his five goal haul. Enough said.
Metropolitan Futsal Club 4 – 5 Brunswick Futsal Club
MET: A. Redzepovic 2, T. Grgic, A. Stevanovic
BWK: D. Slovacek 2, J. Slovacek, C. Mogoai, R. Roslan
In the third game of the night, ladder leaders Metropolitan took on Brunswick who are a team desperate to get out of the relegation zone. Severely depleted after losing the likes of Dino Redzepovic, Alija Karic and keeper Felipe Bley (who transferred to Carlton) Metropolitan were not afraid of a full-strength and determined Brunswick side as the scores were locked 2-2 at half time. Alija Redzepovic scored twice for Metro, while Danny Slovacek and Ruz Roslan had singles for the reds. As the tension builded over the break, a bad challenge from Metro defender Adam Husseini saw him red carded and then left his team without a substitute. Both sides went goal for goal with Danny Slovacek putting the reds in front, but the sky blues leading scorer Tomo Grgic equalised minutes later. With fewer than ten minutes remaining, the game was sent into a tail spin as Clint Mogoai and Josh Slovacek sealed the three points. A late goal in the dying seconds from Alexander Stevanovic reduced the deficit, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal. It was a well deserved (and needed) win for Brunswick who keep in touch with the top eight, while Metro will see it as a chance lost with Pascoe Vale losing in the previous game.
Man of the Match: Danny Slovacek (Brunswick)
The little live wire has been on the verge of having a breakout game, and what a team to score two important goals against – the championship leaders! Danny was a constant threat with his pace and close ball skill he proved no match for the slower Metro defenders in Alex Husseini and Tomo Grgic who seemed to panic every time the ball was at his feet.
Hume Futsal Club 7 – 1 Fitzroy Futsal Club
HME: S. Rashidi 2, G. Harrison, M. Vragovski, J. Michaelis, M. Parlak, C. Nicholas (GK)
FTZ: A. Cardenas
Billed as one of the matches not to miss for Round 12. Fitzroy, boasting the likes of Fernando De moraes, Andres Cardenas and some of the V-Leagues best young talent went up against Hume who are undoubtedly one of the most organized, determined and talented squads in the entire league. After shock losses to Metropolitan and Pascoe Vale, a win against Fitzroy would mean that Hume jump into second position over Pascoe and only three points behind Metro on top who look like they are out of sorts. After a hard fought first half, Hume saw themselves go into the break with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from George Harrison and Shayan Rashidi – a striker who was relishing more game time in the absence of Vadim Mazurskiy. The second half was opened with a goal from Matty Vragovski which seemed to put ‘the Army’ in complete control, but with the quality that Fitzroy had they couldn’t afford to relax. A toe poker from Andres Cardenas made it 3-1 and gave Fitzroy a chance of a comeback, but unanswered goals from Jordan Michaelis, Mehmet Parlak, Shayan Rashidi (second) and Chris Nicholas (own goal) made sure that Hume continued their march up the ladder and kept their dream of a first V-League title alive! Pascoe Vale and Metropolitan please stand up and take note!
Man of the Match: Joe Baker (Hume)
The young Hume shot stopper was at his brilliant best today as Baker’s confidence continues to grow under the tutelage and encouragement of Amin Keddad. Fitzroy have a lot of firepower at their disposal with the likes of De Moraes, Cardenas, Burton and the Monteleone brothers but Baker kept his focus and defenders in order to only concede one goal.
Ashburton Futsal Club 7 – 0 FC Essendon (Futsal Club)
ASH: N. Silvestri 2, A. Arregin, R. Ferguson, M. Matar, M. Alghorabi, A. Farina
The 8pm time slot saw fourth placed Ashburton take on Essendon who are holding up the ladder in twelfth position. Ashburton had probably the largest squad they have put out all season boasting ten players, while Essendon player/manager Alex Cobo could only manage one sub. But that didn’t seem to stop the reds playing some nice futsal in the first half, although possession doesn’t win you games! Ashburton were the better in front of goal, with Alex Arregin and Nicholas Silvestri slotting well taken goals. The second half saw a completely different Ashburton take to the field, patient and possession must have been the two key words spoken by manager Ben Geaboc as they completely took the game into their own hands. Essendon hardly looked like scoring. The ‘Green Machine’ on the other hand put five unanswered goals past new keeper Carlos Munoz who looked quite frustrated at the lack of defence. Majority of the Ashburton players who usually don’t see enough game time seemed to thrive when given a chance, so much so, Richie Ferguson, Moe Matar and Moe Alghorabi all bagged vital – and quality – goals to seal the win.
Man of the Match: Lorenzo De Paris (Ashburton)
The golden glove of last season is continuing his stand out form in 2013 after keeping his second clean sheet in a row. Ask any of the keepers in the V-League how difficult it os to keep a clean sheet in 46 minutes of Futsal?! De Paris makes it look like child’s play. He was simply in his element tonight.
F.C. Carlton Heart 2 – 2 Moreland Futsal Club
CARL: S. Gustus, L. Kruel
MOR: A. La Page, J. Franjic
The final game of Round 12 saw Carlton pitted against the rugged and determined Moreland. Both sides would fancy their chances to take the three points, but a win would mean more to Moreland who are firmly entrenched in the relegation zone, although Carlton would need to win to stay in the top eight. After a poor and lacklustre performance in goals last week, it was quite a shock to see that Carlton keeper Jose Garcia had started the game in front of new signing Felipe Bley who had been in blistering form for Metropolitan and a big part of why his former side were on top of the ladder at present. Fortunately the Heart glovesman was on his game keeping a first half clean sheet, thus maintaining his sides narrow 1-0 lead at half time thanks to a Stephen Gustus’ effort. The only blemish on Moreland’s behalf in the first period came when defender Sedat Akyol was sent off for two yellow cards. The second half saw Carlton sit back and absorb Moreland pressure, but eventually the blues broke through equalising through a Joseph Franjic long range effort. Lucas Kruel in his first game back to V-League action put Carlton back into the lead after being put 1 on 1 with the keeper, until Andrew La Page kept his goal-a-game streak for Moreland in tact making it 2-2 minutes later. The Blues certainly finished the game as the stronger of the two, hitting the post twice (one a long range penalty from Franjic) but it wasn’t to be as the lowly sides will have to be content with sharing the spoils.
Man of the match: Emre Ocal (Moreland)
In such a low scoring game, any mistake from a player or keeper could mean conceding a goal and in turn possibly three points! Luckily for Moreland’s sake their #1 was on his game and had a fantastic second half getting on the end of many Carlton strikes. Quietly becoming one of the most improved keepers in the league!