EFA: M. Burke 3, F. Nobbs, S. Kenny, J. Beninito
HME: A. Vucetic, L. Woods, J. Browne
The third and final WVLP game was played out between the struggling EFA Eagles and Hume. The Eagles who were without manager Jara Dedic had brought in some fresh faces to rejuvenate the squad late in the season, while Hume had some fresh faces of their own also as they were unable to field their first choice side. Hume on paper were still favoured to take the three points but it was the Eagles who led 3-2 at the break. Hume’s veterans Liesl Woods and Juliette Browne scored one a piece for their side, while singles to the Eagles’ Finley Nobbs, captain Simone Kenny and 13 year old first gamer Molly Burke ensured for an entertaining second half. As it has been a regular occurrence for majority of the season, one wouldn’t have been blamed for awaiting Hume to run over the top of the inexperienced Eagles, but the Hume comeback never came. All of the attacking and positive play came from those wearing yellow while first gamer Molly Burke continued to impress bagging a further two goals to complete her hat trick while Jess Beninito added her sides sixth to wrap up only the Eagles’ second ‘official’ win of the season which as almost guaranteed them a place in next seasons WVLP. A late consolation goal was converted by Hume’s Alex Vucetic but it was as they say too little too late.
MVP: Molly Burke (EFA Eagles)
13 Years old. First game. Hat Trick. Need we say more? A fantastic debut by young Molly who looked quite comfortable playing out on the big stage in the WVLP. There seems to be a bright future for the young striker who guided her side to only their second win of the season.
2013 Pepsi Women’s V-League Premiership Rd. 19 RESULT: Vic Vipers Futsal Club 5 – 7 Melbourne Uni FC
VV: T. De Melo 2, B. Lavorgna, J. Nabbout, J. Byrne
MU: L. Sammut 3, M. Marques 2, N. Chea, J. Nabbout (OG)
Heading back to the PEPSI WVLP saw 3rd placed Vic Vipers take on 4th placed Melbourne Uni. Both sides have had fluctuating performances throughout the season, unable to get a steady run of results together so tonights result was going to be a complete unknown. It was Melbourne Uni though who went into half time with a steady 4-2 lead as a Letizia Sammut lead the scoring charts, backed up by a single from Marcella Marques and an own goal from the Vipers Jen Nabbout. After suffering a knee injury a few months ago, the Vic Vipers Tara De Melo signalled her return with a first half goal as did Jess Byrne who returned to WVL action. The second half saw a brilliant fightback from the Vipers as they battled their way to level at 5-5 as De Melo revealed her importance to the squad with her second of the game while veteran Bianca Lovorgna and a screamer by Jen Nabbout gifted momentum to swing the momentum into their favour. Melbourne Uni refused to lay down and soon hit back twice as hard with star players Sammut and Marques inflicting more pain adding solitary goals to their first half tallies, while Nat Chea added the other to complete the 7-5 score line for a well deserved win.
MVP: Letizia Sammut (Melbourne Uni)
As the conclusion of the inaugural WVLP season draws nearer, Melbourne Uni’s Letizia Sammut will undoubtedly be one of the names on top of the list for MVP of the 2013 season. With yet another match winning performance up front (with three goals) and down back (adding plenty of bone crunching tackles) Sammut was absolutely unstoppable tonight.
PV: B. Polatti, C. Mogoai (OG)
BWK: C. Mogoai
The next game on the card was a men’s catch up game from Round 19 as old rivals in Pascoe Vale and Brunswick took to the pitch. There was a little added spice to this clash as former Pascoe Vale players in Jose Portillo and Cem Bicer faced up against their old club with plenty to prove. As expected, there was a lot of tension and energy right from the first whistle as both sides rallied for possession. Brunswick however shocked the Pascoe Vale strong crowd as tenacious defender Clint Mogoai put his side in front. Looking to kill off the Bloods momentum, Pascoe hit back soon after as Brenno Polatti – the stand in captain – made it 1-1 at the break. To open the second half, Mogoai, the man who was the first half hero for Brunswick was the unlucky soul who deflected in a Mauricio Novak strike to gift Pascoe a slender 2-1 lead. But going down by an unfortunate goal didn’t dampen the Bloods’ spirits as Antonis Apostolakis was quite positive and instructed his men – particularly the Slovacek brothers, Jose Portillo and Ruz Roslan – to use their pace and run at the tiring Pascoe defence who only had one sub. But Pascoe Vale, the experienced campaigners they are held firm and restricted Brunswick to half chances. Although keeper Cem Bicer had a spirited performance against his former side, he was lucky not to have conceded more than one goal as Lucas Kruel hit the post form distance – Bicer was well beaten – and Sofiane Soufi had an uncharacteristic miss only five yards out from an open goal. But in the end, Mogoai’s own goal was enough to send Pascoe back to the top of the ladder.
Man of the Match: Lucas Kruel (Pascoe Vale)
After a few indifferent performances in a Pascoe Vale shirt, the Brazilian defender had one of his more influential games today just when his side needed him. With a limited bench, Kruel played every minute and was arguably the most influential on the park. There certainly few better who can link defence with attack better than Kruel.
PV: N. Martineau 3, M. Chek, C. Duffy, C. Drinoczky
The first game to kick start Round 19 of the WVLP saw bottom placed Ashburton take on title hopefuls Pascoe Vale. Andre Caro’s high flying Pascoe knew that anything other than a win would be unacceptable and they came out in the first half all guns blazing. A double from Natalie Martineau and singles from Morany Chek and captain Chloe Drinoczky made sure that Pascoe Vale were in a commanding 4-0 lead at the break. Ashburton showed a lot of fight in the second period as attacking duo Dani Petreska and Maya Edgarton Bachman came close on numerous occasions but just couldn’t find the killer finish, mainly due to the impressive keeping of Pascoe keeper Molly Boorman who was having a blinder in between the sticks. Martineau put her hand up for MVP honours as she completed her hat trick, while Christine Duffy also managed a single to cap off an impressive and stress free 6-0 result. the win means everything for Pascoe as they now close the gap between ladder leaders FC Richomnd to only two points with a game in hand, so bar any slip ups, Pascoe are now on course to hold the trophy aloft at the end of the season.
MVP: Molly Boorman (Pascoe Vale)
There was a bot of history created tonight as the final whistle blew. Boorman became the first keeper to record a clean sheet in the WVLP! It is an unbelievable achievement and something that should not be underestimated with Boorman having a lot to do during the game, especially in the second half where Ashburton threw everything at the Pascoe Vale goal.
Photo: Pascoe Vale’s history making keeper Molly Boorman organises her defence on her way to keeping the first clean sheet in the WVLP.
VV: A. Cooper 2, Jas. Barrientos, Jon. Barrientos, G. Harrison (OG)
HME: J. Michaelis 2, M. Vragovski, G. Harrison, M. Tankir
The final game for this Friday night feast of Futsal saw two heavyweights of the league take to the pitch in the Vic Vipers and Hume. These two greats of the game have had plenty of close encounters in the past and tonight game was no exception. The Vipers who were missing the likes of their keepers in Christos Apostolakis and Kieran Pates called upon Aaron Yu to step up in goals while Maxi Avram also made his long awaited return to league action. The Vipers came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders in the first half as they raced to a 3-0 lead with goals from captain Johnny Barrientos, Jason Barrientos and Adam Cooper. A late goal from Jordan Michaelis made sure Hume were within striking distance to make a comeback and gave ‘the Army’ the momentum heading into the break. Two goals in quick succession from Hume starlets Matty Vragovski and George Harrison levelled up the scoreboard at 3-3 to turn the game on it’s head to make the Vipers look quite unsure of themselves. Power was soon restored when Adam Cooper cool, calm and collected walked up to a free kick just outside the ‘D’ and struck it home past the wall to shoot back into the lead. Just as the vipers tried to take possession and take the sting out of the game, Hume found a way back to level yet again as Moe Tankir finished from close range. Then just as it looked that Hume had done enough to rescue a point, the Vipers shot into the lead from a deflected own goal from man of the match George Harrison to completely shatter the Hume squad with a minute remaining. After seemingly seeing their 2013 title chances slip away before their eyes, one wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that to come from behind for a third time in the game would have been too big a task, but not for Hume. There is a belief in this squad that is an amazing phenomenon to witness, their never say day attitude was upheld when Jordan Michaelis’ very, very late strike levelled the scores yet again to wrap up the game at 5-5. It was a fantastic comeback from Hume who were fully deserving of their point, but will it be a result that ultimately costs them their title chance? Sitting four points behind Pascoe Vale will it be too big a task to overcome with only four games remaining?
Man of the Match: George Michaelis (Hume)
Missing for majority of the first half, the influence of Harrison is clearly evident as Hume went 3-0 down without a yelp. But once the defender took to the pitch in the second half, Hume had regained their bite making a massive comeback. As solid as a rock at the back, Harrison is also as dangerous as any striker with a deadly left foot which had Vipers keeper on his toes all night.