APK: J. Vasquez 2, A. Cao 2, G. Paschalidis
MICK: L. Campbell 2, V. Zoric, L. Holian, A. Mesinovic
The first game of round 13 of the NIKE VLP saw the two bottom placed teams in Mickleham and Albert Park take to the pitch. Still without a point after 12 games, Albert Park saw this as their best opportunity to at least claim a result. both sides couldn’t be split at the break as it ended 2-2 with Andy Cao scoring a double for the cellar dwellers, while Luke Holian and Arin Mesinovic managed singles for Mickleham. After Lachie Campbell put Mickleham in front early in the second half, Jose Vasquez put Albert Park in front with a quick double. Power was soon restored in Mickleham’s favour as Campbell and captain Vlado Zoric seemed to have done enough to get away with the three points, but there was late drama yet to come as in the dying seconds George Paschalidis struck past Steve Castvan to gift his side their first result of the season.
Man of the Match: Jose Vasquez (Albert Park)
After scoring two last week, Albert Park captain Jose Vasquez has been the clear avenue to goal for his struggling side and he proved his worth against Mickleham today. Two important goals to put Albert Park in front mid way through the second half just showed the quality that Vasquez possesses and if they are any chance of getting out of the relegation zone he will have to keep this red hot form up week after week.
MET: E. Simsek 3, A. Redzepovic
The second game for Round 13 was an absolute blockbuster as top four – and title- rivals Pascoe Vale and Metropolitan went to war. All eyes were on the Pascoe Vale squad as they were without captain and inspirational leader Andre Caro for the first time in a matter of seasons, but Caro’s absence didn’t seem to affect Pascoe as stand in skipper Joao Da Silva scored two to over shadow Ernie Simsek’s strike for Metro. Two quick goals from Sofiane Soufi and Brenno Polatti put Pascoe in a commanding 4-1 lead to kick off the second half, but as they have done all season, Metro never gave up hope and ended up clawing their way back into the match. A second half double for Ernie Simsek and a late strike from Alija Redzepovic all but sealed the 4-4 result.
Man of the Match: Ernie Simsek (Metropolitan)
Known as a ‘big game player’, Simsek certainly lived up to his reputation against his former side. Scoring important goals in each half, Simsek was undoubtedly the man of the match as he bagged a hat trick while his strike partner Juso Julardzija was kept scoreless. Simsek’s positive and encouraging attitude certainly has changed the nature of the Metropolitan squad who a couple of seasons ago would have thrown in the towel facing a 4-1 deficit to the mighty Pascoe Vale. It certainly is a new age for this Metro side.
VV: M. Avram 2, M. Barrigos
HME: M. Vragovski
The next game on the card saw the Vic Vipers going up against a Hume side who were brimming with a new found confidence after two solid wins. Looking to take advantage of the draw between Pascoe and Metro, the Vipers wasted no time in doing so as goals from Miguel Barrigos and Maxi Avram put them 2-0 up at the break. The second half was played in much tighter circumstances as Hume threw everything they could muster at the tightly held Vipers defence. Eventually, Hume were rewarded for their endeavour as Matty Vragovski scored a brilliant long range effort in the bottom corner past Kieran Pates who was having a brilliant game in goals. With momentum now with Hume, Maxi Avram bobbed up to seal the three points minutes from time and against the run of play. It really was a brilliant win for the Vipers who defeated a determined Hume without their Futsalroo and top scorer Adam Cooper. It just goes to show you the level of confidence running through the squad as Milton Sakkos’ lads extend their lead to a comfortable eight points above second placed Pascoe Vale.
Man of the Match: Maxi Avram (Vic Vipers)
It was an influential outing for Avram who displayed his best performance since the Vipers last win over Pascoe Vale. A goal in the first half ensure the Vipers maintained early momentum, while Avram’s second goal in the final half all but ensured the Vipers claimed a valuable win to extend their lead on top of the ladder.
A special mention should also be given to captain Jonathan Barrientos who marshalled the defence well in the absence of regular defensive partner Adam Cooper.
FTZ: M. Burton 4, F. De Moraes 4, S. Rogan 3, A. Dunlop, J. Silveira
ASH: R. Covarrubias 2
The final game for Round 13 saw Fitzroy pitted against Ashburton. After last weeks disappointing loss to Pascoe Vale, Fitzroy wasted no time in putting the green Machine to the sword racing to a 6-0 half time lead. Mark Burton and new signing Scott Rogan led the way for Fitzroy with doubles while Alistair Dunlop and Fernando both added singles. The second half saw Fitzroy continue their rout of Ashburton as Fernando added a further three goals, Burton added two while youngster Scott Rogan completed his hat trick and Joao Silveria also got on the scoresheet. There were two late consolation goals for Ashburton’s Rodrigo Covarrubias which were the only shining light in a largely disappointing outing from Benny Geaboc’s side.
Man of the Match: Fernando De Moraes (Fitzroy)
After last weeks mediocre outing against Pascoe Vale, Fernando was due for a big performance and the Brazilian certainly delivered. Fernando completely controlled the game from the back and was largely untroubled in possession and was able to score four tidy goals. It was the perfect response from a player of Fernando’s ilk.