FTZ: A. Dunlop 3, F. De Moraes 3, A. Fusca 2, J. Silveria 2, I. Altuntas
APK: N. Ngo, G. Paschalidis, F. De Moraes (OG)
The first game to kick start Round 10 of the Men’s NIKE VLP saw title hopefuls Fitzroy take on league strugglers Albert Park. As predicted, Fitzroy took no time in carving up their lower ranked opponents as they posted a 6-1 half time lead, Albert Park’s goal coming from an own goal courtesy of Fernando while Fitzroy’s young captain Alistair Dunlop starred with three majors. The second half saw Tod Myles’ lads continues on their merry way to yet another win as fernando completed a hat-trick while Joao Silveria and Ange Fusca claimed well deserved doubles. It was a pretty stock standard performance by one of the leagues most exciting sides with a hardly surprising outcome.
Man of the Match: Alistair Dunlop (Fitzroy)
Fitzroy’s captain took the three votes home tonight after a standout performance. Dunlop’s first half hat trick set the tone for what was to become a seven goal rout of Albert Park. Dunlop always had the ball at his feet and always looked dangerous when in possession and with a bit more luck he could have had maybe six goals to his name. Definitely one of the stars of the future to keep a close eye on.
PV: L. Kruel 3, R. Armellini 3, A. Caro, S. Rogan
MICK: S. Castvan 2, E. Huynh 2, I. Filipovic, M. Mesinovic
The next game to follow saw Pascoe Vale look to keep touch with the Vic Vipers as they faced seventh placed Mickleham. Without stars Matteo Rocca, Sofiane Soufi and Joao Da Silva, Pascoe still managed to record a solid 4-1 half time lead boosted by a double from Lucas Kruel and a single from youngster Scott Rogan. The second half began as predicted with Pascoe taking complete control as Kruel and Robbie Armellini both completed hat tricks, but there was an unsuspecting comeback from Mickleham as Eric Huynh and keeper Steve Castvan both bagged two each and a single from Iggy Filipovic reduced the deficit to only two. It certainly wasn’t the greatest debut by Pascoe keeper Tiago who let through some soft goals, but the current champions did enough to hold on.
Man of the Match: Robbie Armellini (Pascoe Vale)
After a rough start to life in a black and white shirt, Armellini got his chance to shine in a major role today in the absence of Rocca, Soufi and Da Silva and the Italian didn’t let down his manager Paul Vidic. With three clinical finishes, it was Armellini’s two second half goals which steadied the ship to calm his sides edgy nerves as they looked to keep a determined Mickleham at bay. Hopefully Vidic gives the slick playmaker more of a chance to shine in the bigger games and what better way to prove himself further than against the Vipers next week.
VV: M. Avram 2, A. Cooper, M. Barrigos
MET: A. Stevanovic 2, J. Julardzija 2, A. Redzepovic 2, T. Grgic
The third game on the card was the glamour clash of the round as fourth placed Metro went up against the red hot Vic Vipers. With question marks wether or not Metro could stay disciplined enough to claim a big scalp, they proved many doubters wrong as they found themselves 3-1 up at the break, thanks to a double from returning veteran Alex Stevanovic who had been out for a few weeks. At the start of the second half the Vipers had finally woken up as Adam Cooper and Maxi Avram’s second goal of the match levelled the scores. With momentum going the Vipers way, Metro went against the trend to pile on four unanswered goals from Juso Julardzija (2 Goals), Alija Redzepovic and Tomo Grgic to seal a memorable, much needed and confidence boosting win. Vipers weren’t without their chances either as they struck the post multiple times in the second half and tested keeper Michael Chami to no end, in which the Metro shot stopper held firm to play a big part in claiming the three points.
Man of the Match: Michael Chami (Metropolitan)
It was a brilliant performance by Metro’s Michael Chami against the leagues most dangerous team. After sharing keeper duties with Yane Coceski in the last couple of weeks, Chami was handed full confidence by Alija Redzepovic to see out the entire game and he didn’t let his manager down. After conceding two quick goals in the second half to see the scores at 3-3, Chami bounced back from that point on to pull of some jaw dropping saves, many of which had the crowd in awe and the Vipers bench in disbelief.
AFC – G.McHeileh, M.Giotta, R.Castro
HFC – A.Alicevic, N.Sahin
The final game of the night saw 2 mid table sides take to the court and with only 3 points separating the two we were in for a classic. A very cagey first half saw Hume edge their opposition courtesy of an Adem Alicevic strike to give his side the slenderest of leads going into half timeNejdett Sahin blasted home a free kick to double Hume’s advantage and manager Amin Keddad looked pleased with the 2 goal lead instructing his side to hold out for the win. But it would not be that simple with George McHeileh just scraping the ball over the goal line to keep Ashburton in it. They were soon level to when a substitution mix up saw Michele Giotta tapped into the empty net to level the scores. From there both sides had their chances but neither could take full advantage right up until the final 10 seconds when the leagues top scorer Ricardo Castro somehow found the latest of winners to leave Hume heartbroken but Ashburton jubilant as they stay in touch with the top 4.
Man Of The Match – Ricardo Castro (Ashburton FC)
Time and time again Ricardo Castro came to his sides rescue this season and today was no different, after seeing a little more time on the pine Castro put the final dagger into Hume and pick up our man of the match award.