Melbourne Uni FC 4 – 6 Pascoe Vale Futsal Club
MU: L. Sammut 2, N. Cook, P. Ribas … PV: C. Drinoczky 2, I. Jakab, C. Duffy, S. Richardson, M. Chek
To kick off Round 14 of the WVLP saw Pascoe Vale pitted against Melbourne Uni in what was a very anticipated top four clash. Pascoe knew that a win would take take them only three points behind ladder leaders Richmond, and it was plain to see that determination throughout the squad as they raced to a 2-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from Sarah Richardson and Chloe Drinoczky. Pascoe continued to dominate in the second half maintaining a comfortable lead, although they didn’t have everything their own way as a flurry of late Melbourne Uni goals – most notably a double from Letizia Sammut – made sure that it made for a nervy finish. But Pascoe had done enough and had enough quality in the squad to hold on for a well earned win. Drinoczky starred on her return to league action with a double while regular starlets Sarah Richardson and Morany Chek also starred with a goal each.
MVP: Chloe Drinoczky (Pascoe Vale)
Drinoczky was a clear standout for her side scoring two crucial goals while playing majority of the game from defence. Composed on the ball and clear vision going forward while under pressure, Drinoczky’s experience was needed when Melbourne Uni were making their comeback.
FC Richmond (Futsal Club) 6 – 2 EFA Eagles Futsal Club
RICH: A. Rassias 4, P. Bakopoulos, T. Vrettakos … EFA: F. Nobbs, M. Duffy
The second game for Round 14 saw table topping Richmond take on second bottom EFA Eagles. The last time these two sides met it was the more experienced Richmond who took the three points with a 7-1 win and it looked like it would be a similar result after the first half proceedings. A double from debutant Angie Rassias along with singles from Penny Bakopoulos and Tina Vrettakos was enough to put title favourites into a very commanding lead. The second half saw the Eagles put in a much better performance as they certainly stopped the heavy flow of Richmond attacks, while also registering two goals of their own through Finley Nobbs and former Pascoe Vale striker Michelle Duffy. But it was never going to be enough to threaten Richmond whose star debutant in Angie Rassias added a further two goals to claim the MVP award and three points for her side. After only a single loss in 14 rounds of league futsal, one begins to question whether or not they will be defeated in the remaining five rounds.MVP: Angie Rassias (Richmond)There was no doubting who would be taking home the MVP honours after tonights game as Richmond’s new found star, Angie Rassisas claimed two goals in each half on debut. Hopefully there is a lot more to come from the youngster who could turn the WVLP on it’s head.
Hume Futsal Club 8 – 0 Vic Vipers Futsal Club
HME: D. Gudelj 4, E. Vatcky 2, C. Fruscalzo, J. Browne … VV:
The final game for Round 14 saw the third placed Vic Vipers take on Hume who are third from the bottom. After two straight losses, the odds for a Hume win were not considerably high. But surprisingly it was the underdogs that hit the ground running blasting their way to a shock 4-0 half time lead with goals from Daniela Gudelj, Elaina Vatcky, Claudia Fruscalzo and captain Juliette Browne. Desperate to make up the deficit, the Vipers opened up the game with plenty of attacking opportunities through Kat Smith and Jen Nabbout but nothing would eventuate. It just wasn’t to be the Vipers night, but the same couldn’t be said about hume as they added a further four goals to record a well deserved 8-0 win. The star of the show was certainly Daniela Gudelj who bagged a second half hat trick to make it four for the match. Hume put on one of the most fluid attacking displays this season to date, it was a pure joy to watch Hume pass and move their way to goal which in large portions of the game had the Vipers camp dumbfounded. Hopefully they can keep up this form until the end of the season and make a push for the top four.MVP: Daniela Gudelj (Hume)Involved in majority of Hume’s attacks, scored four goals and even managed to get back to defend with some important tackles, Gudelj had the complete game. Fast becoming one of the players to watch in the WVLP, Daniela will certainly be an important figure in Hume’s push in the cup competitions.