MET: D. Redzepovic 2, J. Julardzija 2, E. Simsek, T. Grgic, A. Redzepovic
MICK: I. Filipovic, L. Campbell, L. Holian
The first game to kick off Round 9 of the Men’s VLP saw Metropolitan take on Mickleham. Desperate to maintain their place in the top four, Metro shot out of the blocks in the first half racing to a 4-0 half time lead with four individual goal scorers. In the second half, Mickleham had a mini fight back with strikes from Iggy Filipovic, Lachie Campbell and Luke Holian, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Metro as doubles from Dino Redzpovic and Juso Julardzija sealed their fifth win of the season.
Man of the Match: Dino Redzepovic (Metropolitan)
After missing last weeks thrilling draw with Hume, it was a welcome return to action for the Royal Blues’ captain Dino Redzepovic. Manager Adam Husseini was crying out for a crative spark after last weeks result and Dino certainly delivered against Mickleham. Involved in many of Metro’s attacking movements, Dino also got on the scoreboard in each half and linked up with fellow forward Juso Julardzija with aplomb.
HME: A. Azzam 2, M. Parlak, N. Sahin
PV: S. Soufi 3, J. Da Silva 2, A. Caro
The next game on the card saw Pascoe Vale pitted against Hume. In recent times this fixture has been one of the most anticipated clashes and tonights encounter was no different. Hume, who could have been classed as underdogs – a tag they Army surely wouldn’t mind – held their own in the first half to draw level at 2-2 at the break. Sofiane Soufi had a double for Pascoe while Nej Sahin and Ahmed Azzam managed a single each for Hume. The opening of the second half saw Hume stun their higher ranked opponents – even without captain Resit Culculoglu who was taken off with a split eye – as Mehmet Parlak finished from close range, but it wasn’t enough as Soufi completed his hat trick and Joao Da Silva grabbed a double to end Hume’s brave performance.
Man of the Match: Sofiane Soufi (Pascoe Vale)
Yet again the Frenchman has come to the rescue of his Pascoe Vale side. Whenever his side are under any sort of pressure, Soufi always manages to find the back of the net. If not for his three goals, Hume may well have walked away with the three points but Soufi was just too good for the Hume defence today who in all fairness were without their captain and key man at the back Resit Culculoglu.
FTZ: A. Fusca, M. Burton, A. Dunlop
VV: Jon. Barrientos, Jas. Barrientos, M. Barrigos, M. Santoro
The third game on the card was by far and away the match of the round as top placed Vic Vipers took on second placed Fitzroy. With the Futsal Oz Stadium at full capacity, the atmosphere was absolutely electric as the Vipers burst away to a commanding 3-1 half time lead. Barrientos brothers, Jason and Jonathan continued to impress in front of goal as Miguel Barrigos scored the other. In form youngster Ange Fusca managed Fitzroy’s only goal as his side seemed a little taken back on the big stage. The game was shocked back into life in the second half as Fitzroy veteran, Mark Burton scored a delicate chip over Vipers keeper Chris Apostolakis. Moments later, power was restored as Michael Santoro was left unmarked and tapped in from a corner, but when Alistair Dunlop managed to reduce the deficit to a single goal close to full time it made for an exciting finish. With only seconds on the clock, Fitzroy had a free kick just outside the ‘D’ from which Mark Burton’s strike beat Apostolakis and rattled the crossbar. This really was a clash for the ages and a great spectacle between the leagues two top sides, a great atmosphere whith action to boot from start to finish.
Man of the Match: Mark Burton (Fitzroy)
Even though on the losing side, Burton was the clear stand out on the pitch. The Fitzroy veteran was absolutely everywhere for his side and was one of the only members of the Roys who wasn’t put off by the big occasion and crowd pressure. Dictating terms at the back, laying crucial tackles and also orchestrating many of Fitzroys attacks. But the jewel of Burton’s performance came when he chipped Vipers keeper Chros Apostolakis at the start of the second half to get his side back in the game and lift his team mates spirits. It is certainly one of the best strikes ever seen in the premiership and certainly brought all of the crowd to their feet in amazement. Mark Burton is just pure class through and through.
APK: H. Do
ASH: R. Ferguson 2, A. Arregin, D. Acovissi, M. Alghorabi, S. Gustus, R. Castro
The final game of the night saw the lowly Albert Park and Ashburton go head to head. In a bid to keep in touch with the top four, Ashburton – boosted by the return of Ricky Castro and Rodrigo Covarrubias – ran out to a 3-1 half time lead as Hung Do’s solitary strike for Albert Park was cancelled out by goals from Richie Ferguson, Davide Acovissi and Castro. The second half saw more dominance by Ashburton as they scored four unanswered goals, as Ferguson completed his hat trick along with singles from Mo Alghorabi, Stevie Gustus and Alex Arregin. It really was a run of the mill performance from the Green Machine as they continue their good form heading into the mid way point of the season.
Man of the Match: Davide Acovissi (Ashburton)
The Italian defender has really found his feet in the Ashburton back half. After such a dominating performance against Pascoe Vale last week – where Ashburton only conceded two goals – Acovissi backed up tonight with yet another fine display. Often bringing team mates into play with pin point passes, Acovissi added a cherry on top with a goal in the first half.