FCR – T.Vretakos, K.White
MU – L.Sammut 3, E.Jonsson 3, M.Marques 2, N.Cook 2, N.Mossenson 2,
First game of Round 2 pitted Richmond against FOz Cup winners Melbourne Uni. What looked a good game on paper was quickly wiped out. Richmond took the lead through Tina Vretakos before Letizia Sammut hit straight back and from there Melbourne Uni Asserted their dominance as a first half hat trick from Sammut, 2 to first gamer Emma Jonsson and one to Marcella Marques had Melbourne Uni sitting pretty at 6-1 at half time.
The second half was not much different though as a flurry of goals from Cook (2), Marques, Jonsson made it 11-1 before a thunderbolt from Kariah White added a little respectability to the scoreline that of which was quickly erased when Mossenson completed her brace to end a miserable night at the office from Richmond but Melbourne Uni go top of the table and will be a real chance to stay there if this form continues.
Player Of The Game – Letizia Sammut (Melbourne Uni FC)
A stunning display from the Melbourne Uni captain has set up her side for a big season one of which they will believe they can be crowned Champions come the end of the season if they keep up this form and this squad teams will definitely not want to face this side in weeks to come.
EFA – S.Cope 2, M.Stockdale
PV – C.Duffy 5, I.Jakab 2, S.Richardson 2, M.Chek
Next game on the card saw a young EFA Eagles side take on Champions Pascoe Vale. In a tense opening few minutes Jaraslav Dedic side were keeping pace with the league leader until Christine Duffy broke the deadlock. Sarah Richardson made it 2-0 shortly after as Pascoe threatened to run away with it Stephanie Cope pulled one back to keep the Eagles in the contest. Experience appeared to prevail as the half grew older and goals from Chek & Duffy (adding her second) looked to have broken the eagles backs going into half time.
The second half wasn’t looking good for the Eagles as Richardson bagged her second before a quickfire brace from Ili Jakab extended the margin to 7-1. Two more in quick succession took Duffy to 4 for the night as Pascoe Vale continued to to pile on scoreboard pressure. EFA showed some fighting spirit as goals from Cope and Stockdale added some respectability to the scoreline, Duffy rounded out the scoring completing a 5 goal game. It was a much improved performance from EFA who will look to build on a performance where they for the first time in a long time looked competitive in patches. While the champions continue on their merry way as they make it 2 from 2 and are joined by Melbourne Uni as title favourites.
Player Of The Game – Christine Duffy
A usual goal scorer Duffy bagged her highest ever tally in the V-League to date scoring 5 and linking up well with
teammates its easy to see why this Pascoe Vale side took out the title last season with every player on the list capable of scoring goals.
Fitzroy FC 2-1 Heidelberg FC
FFC – S.Papadopoulos, L.Woods
HFC – A.Ranieri
Next up on the card were two new sides to the league in Fitzroy and Heidelberg both sides looking to get off to a good start. For the first time in the Women’s V-Leagues history there was a goal less first half with the best chance falling to Stacey Papadopoulos who hit the upright.
After plenty of Women’s games seeing plenty of goals scored in recent week it was a delight to see a good defensive game from both involved. It took its time but the deadlock was broken by Anthea Ranieri of Heidelberg finishing from close range. it didn’t last though as Stacey Papadopoulos finished into an empty net after keeper Mason-Jones saved the initial effort. With the game in the balance someone had to stand up and be a hero and it game from the girls in Yellow as Liesl Woods fired home what turned out to be the winner with around 6 minutes remaining. Try as they might Heidelberg couldn’t find the elusive goal they needed and Fitzroy hung on including a spectacular effort from Emily Southwell which found the back of the net but was ruled out as the final whistle had already sounded.
Player Of The Game – Stacey Papadopoulos (Fitzroy FC)
The young forward is one of the biggest talents in the V-League Premieship and she showed it again tonight with a brilliant performance which included a goal and if she can keep this form Fitzroy are a real chance at a top 4 birth.
Ashburton Womens Futsal Club 4-4 Vic Vipers Futsal Club
AFC – N.Lusi 3, L.Barrett
VVFC – J.Byrne 2, M.Cameliri 2
The final game on the women’s card saw Ashburton taking on the Vic Vipers in what proved the clash of the night. A tightly contested first half saw the Vipers open the scoring through Jess Byrne, Only for Leah Barrett to level things up soon after. The Vipers hit the front once again with Melanie Cameliri bagging two straight goals to give them a two goal buffer. Natasha Lusi grabbed one right before the half time break to keep the green machine in it, But their joy was short lived as Byrne burried her second to restore the Vipers 2 goal buffer going into half time.
The second half was a much different story with Ashburton playing with heart grit and determination they got the goals they need both through Lisu and they pressed hard for a winner that never came but in the end Ashburton deserved a victory with the Vipers looking a shadow of themselves in the second half but the game had a certain vibe about it that the Ashburton strong crowed adored and they climb the table with 4 points from two games. As for the Vipers missing plenty of key players they’ll have to regroup quickly to keep up with pace setters Melbourne Uni and Pascoe Vale
Player Of The Game – Natasha Lisu (Ashburton FC)
The forward looked in fine form in her V-League debut silky skills and an eye for she could be exactly what Ashburton have been missing and with Dani Petreska & Maya Edgarton Bachman to come back in Ashburton have reason to believe they can challenge the leagues best as the season gets into its later stages.