PVFC – S.Soufi 2, J.Da Silva,
FFC – A.Fusca 2, A.Dunlop, J.Silveira
Next up a rescheduled Men’s game between Fitzroy and Pascoe Vale graced the Futsal Oz stadium. It was a Fernando De Moraesless Fitzroy who got off to the better start when Angelo Fusca opened the scoring. It was short lived however with prolific frenchman Sofiane Soufi putting his side back on level terms, Before a shock went around the stadium when a silly challenge from Ilhan Altuntas saw him dismissed very early on to leave his side a man down. It did little to hault the Fitzroy juggernaut though as in form Fusca scored his second a stunning finish to have Fitzroy back infront, It could have been 3 after the half time whistle Felipe Bley saving a penalty from Alistair Dunlop to keep the margin at one.
The second half began in brilliant fasion with Joao Silveira pinching the ball from Lucas Kruel and rounding Bley to put Fitzroy 3-1 ahead. Fitzroy could do nothing wrong though as a defensive mistake from the youngsters aloud Soufi to dink the ball over Brennan only for it to be miraculously cleared by Fusca. The 5th man was introduced by Pascoe but they could not capitalise with Alistair Dunlop floating a ball into the empty net to make it 4-1 and have his side on the brink of a blowout. In typical Pascoe fasion though they did not give up and did manage to pull a few back through Soufi and Joao Da Silva with under a minute to go to set up a grandstand finish. Pascoe were unable to grab the equaliser and Fitzroy deservedly won the game which set the stadium alight. The youngsters have come a very long way since De Moraes training has come into place and it has shown with possibly their greatest victory to date knocking off the current champions. As for Pascoe Vale life after Lorenzo De Paris looks bleak with Felipe Bley in need of match fitness it could be a while before he is back to his best plenty of food for thought for manager Paul Vidic.
Man Of The Match – Fitzroy FC
You could not pick a single best player in this one each and every player wearing yellow was sublime fighting for each other at every hurdle from the youth to the most experienced, the keeper to the forwards they all stood up to win the biggest game since the new regime took over credit to Todd Miles and everyone at Fitzroy as they have set the benchmark of how to build a competitive team through training and determination.
MICK: L. Campbell, L. Holian
FTZ: M. Burton 3, A. Granollers 2, F. De Moraes, A. Dunlop
The first game to kick off Round 8 saw Fitzroy take on Mickleham. Fresh off an epic win against Pascoe Vale on Friday night, all eyes were on Fitzroy to see if they would get complacent against the lowly Mickleham. But it looked as if there were no signs of slowing down for the Roys as they raced to a 4-0 lead at the break with an Ale Granollers double setting the tone. The second half saw Todd Miles side go from strength to strength as they added a further three goals from Fernando and a double from Mark Burton to cap off a well earned hat trick. Mickleham managed two consolation goals from Lachie Campbell and Luke Holian, but they had no influence on the scoreboard.
Man of the Match: Alejandro Granollers (Fitzroy)
Granollers has slowly, slowly found his feet in adjusting to the pace and physicality of the premiership. Deployed as a target against Mickleham, he really took to the role and proved quite a handful for Davor Kusturic and the like to add two first half goals to give his side the early momentum.
MET: J. Julardzija 3, E. Simsek, A. Redzepovic
HME: R. Culculoglu, N. Sahin, M. Parlak, F. Bozdogan, A. Azzam
The next game on the card saw two top four hopefuls go head to head in Hume and Metropolitan. The last time these two sides met (in Round 1) it was Metro who escaped with the three points, but this time around it was Hume who delivered the first blow by taking a 2-1 half time lead and it got worse for the Royal Blues as Alex Cobo was handed a straight red. Hume managed to continue their first half momentum to record a second half 5-3 lead with strikes from Ahmed Azzam, Fikri Bozdogan and a stunning long range effort from Nej Sahin. But it wasn’t enough to keep Metro at bay as the fought back with a double from star striker Juso Julardzija. There was more late drama to follow in the final minute of play as Hume’s Adem Alicevic brought down Alija Redzepovic on the edge of the area to receive his marching orders and gift Julardzija a chance to slot the resulting penalty to win the game, but his adversary in goal, Emre Ocal stood firm to rescue a point for his side.
Man of the Match: Juso Julardzija (Metropolitan)
Facing a 5-3 deficit in the second half, Metro looked down and out for the count, Julardzija – as he has done in the past few weeks – stepped up and single handedly got his lads back into the game. He was the clear stand out on the pitch even though he was unable to convert the final penalty, his efforts leading up to that point were the only reason Metro had a chance to win the game.
VV: A. Cooper 3, Jas. Barrientos, Jon. Barrientos
APK: A. Abdul, N. Ngo
The next game on the card for Round 8 saw the high flying Vic Vipers taking on the bottom of the league Albert Park. Without key players Elisee Mutabazi, Cang Pham, Huang Bui and captain Jose Vasquez, Albert Park manager Michael Lam had quite a task on his hands. But to everyone’s surprise it was the underdogs who took a 2-1 half time lead with goals from Ali Abdul and Norris Ngo. The second half saw Albert Park look to hold onto their slender lead, but it was only a matter of time until the Vipers broke through, considering how many shots they had on goal. Adam Cooper was the pick of the Vipers players with three match winning goals in the second half, but Albert Park – led by keeper Mo Kuzucu and George Paschalidis – really need to be commended for their efforts in which they were so disciplined and could have just as easily snuck a result.
Man of the Match: Mo Kuzucu (Albert Park)
Despite the Vipers’ Futsalroo representative Adam Cooper claiming a hat trick, it was Albert Park’s keeper who was the stand out performer. If not for the fearless performance from Kuzucu, the Vipers would have won by ten goals instead of three. With Albert Park fielding so many new, fresh faced and inexperienced players, the defence was often left with gaping holes in which Kuzucu was often left to face threatening strikes from the Barrientos brothers, Cooper and Maxi Avram. It really was a brilliant performance from one of the most improved keepers and players in the league.
PV: L. Kruel 2
The final game for Round 8 was one filled with plenty of emotion as Pascoe Vale keeper Lorenzo De Paris took part in his final V-League game before departing for Brazil. It was fitting that in his final game that De Paris faced his old side Ashburton, as it was the team that he made his name in and also the team that he was able to deliver their first piece of silverware in the 2012/13 FOz Cup. The fairytale ending got off to the ideal start as Lucas Kruel put Pascoe into a slender 1-0 lead at the break. Ashburton, who were without their in form striker Ricky Castro were holding their own against the league giants, applying hard tackles and defending with a dogged determination. Pascoe were having a hard time breaking through Ashburton’s defensive set up, but luckily De Paris was at his best, denying shot after shot to maintain a clean sheet. With minutes remaining, Pascoe’s nerves were relieved when Kruel struck past Dale Mavroumatis to make it 2-0. Just before the final whistle, Pascoe were awarded a penalty from the far-spot which was handed to De Paris to try and obtain the perfect game for a keeper, in claiming a clean sheet and a goal. But his well struck effort was denied by Mavroumatis who guessed right, but at the end of the day De Paris delivered his side the all important three points.
Man of the Match: Lorenzo De Paris (Pascoe Vale)
After missing Friday nights game against Fitzroy, a game which they suffered a 4-3 loss, it was important that Pascoe steadied the ship in their encounter with Ashburton, and who better to steady the ship than Lorenzo De Paris who is arguably the best keeper in Australia. With Ashburton desperate to spoil their former team mates going away celebrations, they threw everything they could muster at the Pascoe Vale goal, only for De Paris to put emotion out of the way and get down to business and keep a well earned clean sheet. De Paris certainly has lifted the standard of keeping in the V-League, as many have tried to reach the level that the Brazilian has set and he will most certainly go down as one of the all time greats of the game.