MET: E. Simsek, A. Redzepovic, D. Vithoulkas 2, D. Redzepovic, A. Cobo
MICK: V. Zoric, A. Mesinovic
The first game for Round 2 on this fine Saturday afternoon saw Metropolitan look to continue their winning start to the new season against Mickleham. After missing stars in Alex Stevanovic and Tomo Grgic, Metro went out and brought in forward dynamo Dimi Vithoulkas to boost their stocks. It was a move which paid dividends almost instantly as the royal blues raced to a solid 6-1 half time lead. Ernie Simsek was the standout with three majors, while Vithoulkas and the Redzepovic brothers in Alija and Dino both added singles. Mickleham captain Vlado Zoric was the solitary scorer for his side as their poor and lacklustre input against Fitzroy had plagued them for yet another round of league action. The second half fared no better for Mickleham as Metro looked to boost their goal difference, adding a further four goals to one. Simsek continued his fine first half form as he added his fourth for the game, while Alija and Vithoulkas completed doubles. Alex Cobo rounded up the scoring for metro with the blues’ tenth, only for Arin Mesinovic to come off the bench and convert Mickleham’s second with a minute to go on the clock. There were a couple of major talking point to come out of today’s game. One was that Metro are taking this season very seriously, not resting on their laurels to bring a complete and competitive squad week in week out, while Mickleham on the other hand look like they are on a direct course to the State League as they seem like a squad all out of ideas. Hopefully Vlado Zoric can pull a rabbit out of his bag of tricks just as he did last season, but if he doesn’t recruit or make serious changes soon it could make for a very, very long and frustrating season.
Man of the Match: Ernie Simsek (Metropolitan)
The Royal Blues newest recruit has certainly found a new lease of life since joining Metro from league giants Pascoe Vale. One of the nicest fellas’ on and off the pitch, Simsek’s input to each game and his level of effort is second to none in the league. With a match winning performance of four goals, we could be seeing the start of something really special in the relationship between Simsek and his new club.
PVFC – J.Da Silva, B.Polatti, M.Rocca, (R.Culculoglu – Own Goal)
HFC – N.Sahin 2
Second clash on the card was a replay of the FOz Cup final and looked to be a cracker despite both sides missing some key players. The lions wasted no time in racing away to a 3-0 lead with goals from Joao Da Silva, Brenno Polatti & an Own Goal from Resit Culculoglu sending them on their way. A stunning free kick from Hume’s Nejdett Sahin kept the Army in the contest but a questionable foul was given to Pascoe Vale which resulted in a 10 metre spot kick which was blazed over the bar by Sofiane Soufi just before the half time break.
Some stern words from Hume manager Amin Keddad lifted Hume’s performance but they were not helped by the loss of Ahmed Azzam just before half time to injury. To their credit Hume battled on but could not stop a stunning long range strike from Matteo Rocca his first for Pascoe Vale in the league. Nejdett Sahin grabbed a late conciliation goal putting it past young shot stopper Samir Puthalakath to round out what was a very well contested game by both parties involved.
As Pascoe Vale continue their march for a 4th straight V-League title they face stiff competition from Metropolitan, Vic Vipers & Fitzroy in what will prove the toughest league to win thus far. As for Hume dropping points in their opening 2 games has left them a little shaky they will be looking to bounce back quickly.
Man Of The Match – Lorenzo De Paris (Pascoe Vale FC)
Was left out of the line up in the FOz Cup final and didn’t make the bench for round 1 De Paris was recalled and put in a brilliant shift denying Hume time and time again to take home the man of the match award. His performances will certainly be the difference in this seasons title race.
AFC – J.Berrios 2, G.Mcheileh 2, R.Covarrubias, D.Acovissi, M.Alghorabi, R.Castro
AP – E.Mutabazi
Final game of the night saw a new Ashburton side lining up against Albert Park. With the inclusions of Rodrigo Covarrubias, Josh Berrios, Stephen Gustus & George Mcheileh it looked a side on paper that could really challenge for a top 4 birth, While Albert Park were still without star forward Simon Li. They really missed his presence once again as a demolishing first half from the green machine put the game to bed before half time with goals from Acovissi, Castro, Berrios and a double from Mcheileh had them sitting pretty at 5-0.
Ashburton came out even stronger in the second half blasting out to an 8-0 lead the goals coming from Alghorabi, Berrios and Covarrubias begging to embarrass their lowly opposition. A string of fouls lead to 6 ! 10 metre spot kicks which were all missed by Albert Park players in one of the worst displays of penalty shots in the leagues history. Con Makris was agonisingly close to a clean sheet but it would not be possible as Elisee Mutabazi broke the shut out but it mattered little as Ashburton got back on track after their crushing defeat to Ashburton.
Man Of The Match – Ricardo Castro (Ashburton FC)
Although he didn’t kick a bag as usual his leadership was crucial in a new look side he controlled the game just as a good player and a leader should. His presence will be ever more crucial after the losses of Robert Armellini and Matteo Rocca if Ashburton are to be serious contenders this season.
VVFC – A.Cooper 3, L.Stringer 2, Jon Barrientos 2, G.Lucena, M.Barrigos, C.Apostolakis, Jas Barrientos
FFC – I.Altuntas, A.Granollers
Following the Women’s V-League games we had a late night thriller on the card which pitted the Vic Vipers taking on Fitzroy a clash which had a little extra spice to it with Fernando De Moraes lining up against his former side for the first time since his loan move to Fitzroy. Fitzroy were without key members Jimmy Brennan, Alistair Dunlop, Angelo Fusca and Jeremy Ortiz while they took on a full strength Vipers line up. Early in the piece returning Futsalroo Adam Cooper opened the scoring for the Vipers and the best was yet to come for the Vipers when Jack Zilles was given his marching orders soon after when he brought down Miguel Barrigos just outside the area and with no keeper in reserve it looked to be a long night at the office, To make matters worse when his team were in desperate need of support Zilles raced out of the stadium while his team were being barraged on the court. A mistake from stand in keeper Ilhan Altuntas gifted Laban Stringer their second goal. The floodgates then opened up as Stringer got his second followed by another to Jonathan Barrientos. Things weren’t getting any better as Cooper doubled his tally to make it 5 ! Ilhan Altuntas pulled one back to give Fitzroy a slight chance of a comeback, Those chances were quickly dashed when Jonathan Barrientos completed his brace and brother Jason rounded out the first half scoring to have themselves 7-1 ahead against one of the title favourites.
An improved second half performance from Fitzroy saw signs of a comeback brewing when Alejandro Granollers got one back to make it 7-2 but from there it fell apart from there as the Vipers ran riot Gabriel Lucena made it 8 before Adam Cooper completed his hat-trick to make it 9-2 and it got even more embarrassing for Fitzroy when Christos Apostolakis got his first got for 2 seasons to make it 10 and Miguel Barrigos rounded out the scoring in a near perfect performance from the Vic Vipers.
Tonights performance showed just how good the Vic Vipers can be when you install their 3 Futsalroos Adam Cooper, Christos Apostolakis & Kieran Pates as well as the experience of Jonathan Barrientos and their super talented youth players it could just be the Vipers season to clinch their 3rd Premiership.
As for Fitzroy last season they were in the same position when Zilles was sent off against Moreland and the message “Fail to prepate, Prepare to fail” Was issued out to the Fitzroy management … They got away with it that day but this time around they were much less fortunate as they ran into a red hot Vipers line up and now it remains to be seen will Fitzroy Management finally wake up and realise they need a second keeper for moments like this ? As the rest of the sides in the V-League Premiership have, If They don’t you can hardly see Fitzroy winning the toughest League in years if ZIlles continues to let his side down by being sent from the pitch and they have nobody in reserve.
Man Of The Match – Adam Cooper (Vic Vipers FC)
How good is he ? The returning futsaroo was on song once again bagging 3 goals creating play as well as negating Fernando De Moraes he did it all tonight and with their full squad back you would be foolish to think the Vipers aren’t serious title contenders following tonights performance.