FTZ: A. Fusca, M. Burton, J. Ortiz
The first game to kick off Round 7 saw a depleted Fitzroy, without Fernando, Ale Granollers and the Monteleone brothers go up against a full strength Hume outfit who welcomed their returning star Vadim Mazurskiy. With only one available sub on the bench, it was no surprise that the first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Although it’s fair to be said that Hume number one Ryan Timmins was the busier of the to keepers. The second half was shot into life as two quick goals from Fitzroy’s Mark Burton and Jeremy Ortiz put their side well in control to completely stun Hume. Vadim Mazurskiy did his best to get his side back into the game hitting the foot of the post on two occasions, but a late goal from Ange Fusca put the result beyond any doubt. A very disciplined and organised display of futsal by Todd Miles’ lads, playing the smarter game and stiffled Hume’s fifth-man power play with aplomb.
Man of the Match: Mark Burton (Fitzroy)
As the most experienced member of the squad, it was expected that Burton delivered a commanding performance and he did just that. Organising the defence so much so that his keeper Jimmy Brennan only had one challenging save to make and as well as scoring the first goal of the game, it rounded off a flawless performance from one of the most respected players in the league. A special mention must go out to Fitzroy captain Alistair Dunlop who also put in a brave performance all over the park.
ASH: R. Castro 3, S. Gustus 2, R. Ferguson
MET: J. Julardzija 5, E. Simsek, T. Grgic, D. Redzepovic
The second game on the card for Round 7 saw Ashburton and Metropolitan go head to head for a place in the top four. After what was predicted as a tight affair between two of the leagues emerging clubs, Metro’s bullish striker Juso Julardzija – in his second game back to league action – put his side in control at the break with a bag of four while Tomo Grgic added a single. The Royal Blues continued their dominance of Ashburton into the second half as Julardzija nabbed his fifth and singles from Dino Redzepovic and Ernie Simsek all but sealed the win. After looking like having a quiet evening, Ashburton’s leading man Ricky Castro headed a late comeback with a hat trick while youngster Stephen Gustus added a double to make the deficit a mere two goals.
Man of the Match: Juso Julardzija (Metropolitan)
After deciding to switch from league winners Pascoe Vale to Metropolitan in search for more game time, it seems that it was a move that will take Metro to the next level. As a genuine title contender. After backing up his three goal haul against Albert Park, Julardzija is fast becoming one of the hardest forward targets to contain in the league and if any team or defender takes him lightly they will be punished.