MET: J. Julardzija 9, E. Simsek 2, D. Redzepovic, A. Redzepovic, A. Cobo, A. Stevanovic, A. Karic
APK: J. Vasquez 2, H. Nguyen, A. Cao, B. Bahimana
The first game to kick off Round 12 of the NIKE VLP saw Metropolitan take on league strugglers Albert Park. As predicted, Metro wiped the floor with the ever woeful Albert Park as Juso Julardzija bagged eight goals in the first half to all but put their opponents to yet another loss. In the second half, Albert Park captain Jose Vasquez did his best to save face for his side grabbing an impressive double, but the game already belonged to Metro and Julardzija who could only manage to add one more goal to his tally – to make it nine for the match – goes straight to the top of the goal scorers chart.
Man of the Match: Juso Julardzija (Metropolitan)
Arguably the most dangerous forward in the league at present has delivered the goods yet again! After scoring nine of the best, it was no wonder why Julardzija was given the man of the match award.
FTZ: F. De Moraes, B. Monteleone
PV: A. Caro 2, J. Da Silva 2, S. Soufi 2, B. Polatti
The second game on the card was by far and away the game of the round and for more than one reason. Firstly, the winner would go into outright second position and a dent in the losers title hopes and secondly, two Futsalroo’s in captain Greg Giovenali and Daniel Fogarty made the trek down from New South Wales to take on the five time champions in Victoria’s toughest league. Pascoe Vale, who have already suffered three losses this season haven’t looked the same invincible side of late, but to their credit they fired up in the first half to record a surprise 5-0 lead inspired by a Joao Da Silva double. The second half saw Fernando pull a goal back for Fitzroy, but singles from Andre Caro and Sofiane Soufi would put any chance of a Fitzroy win to rest. There was plenty of frustration within the Fitzroy squad as manager Tod Myles looked to be under pressure to keep his extended squad happy, Fernando’s influence was stifled and the Futsalroo’s in Giovenali and Fogarty failed to adapt to the fast pace and tighter areas, forcing them to make errors and highlighted Pascoe Vale’s sheer quality in smaller spaces. To be fair, their impact was fairly minimal. All credit must go to Pascoe Vale who were the better team and the more determined team. With a point to prove against a couple of Australia’s best players, they certainly delivered their best performance of the season and have got their title chances back on track.
Man of the Match: Andre Caro (Pascoe Vale)
The Pascoe Vale captain bleeds black and white and he showed that his side are not down and out of the title race just yet. Unaware that Geovenali and Fogarty would be lining up against him, Caro maintained his focus and didn’t let the big occasion get to him to put out one of the most dominating futsal displays this season. A goal in each half, running from end to end non-stop and even being on the wrong end of harsh challenges and not even reacting, Caro had a true captains game and was more than worthy of best player on field.
Hume Futsal Club 11 – 3 Mickleham Futsal Club
HME: S. Cicek 5, M. Parlak 2, A. Azzam, M. Vragovski, N. Sahin, I. Filipovic (OG)
MICK: V. Zoric 2, L. Campbell
The next game on the card saw the sixth and seventh ranked teams go head to head in Hume and Mickleham respectively. The first half saw Hume utility Mehmet Parlak score a double to set up a 5-0 lead at the break as Ahmed Azzam and Sacid Cicek contributed singles. The second half saw Hume continue their dominance as Cicek took his match tally to five – in only his second game back to league action, while Matty Vragovski and Nejdett Sahin also got amongst the goals. There was a shining light for Mickleham as returning captain Vlado Zoric proved his importance to the squad with two impressive goals but it just wasn’t enough as Hume continue to build momentum to a top four birth.
Man of the Match: Sacid Cicek (Hume)
In only his second game back to league action, Sacid cicek has starred in front of goal with an impressive five goal haul. For weeks now manager Amin Keddad has been looking for a clear avenue to goal and now he has had his wish granted.
ASH: R. Castro, D. Acovissi
VV: Jas. Barrientos 2, Jon. Barrientos, A. Cooper, M. Pedic
The final game for Round 12 saw the Vipers look to maintain their six point lead on top of the ladder against Ashburton. But it didn’t go the way that vipers manager Milton Sakkos’ would have liked as Ashburton held a 2-1 lead at the break. Davide Acovissi and former Viper Ricky Castro scored for the Green Machine while Adam Cooper, who just can’t stop scoring kept the Vipers in the game. Unfortunately in the second half, Ashburton were unable to keep up their first half heroics as the vipers scored four unanswered goals to record a solid 5-2 win. Jason Barrientos starred with a double while brother Jonathan and Mirza Pedic were both credited with singles.
Man of the Match: Jonathan Barrientos (Vic Vipers)
Vipers captain Jonathan Barrientos has been a major part of his sides resurgence this season as the strive for glory in 2013/14. With his fitness and touch improving week by week, Barrientos is close to regaining the form that made him one of the best and most consistent defenders in the league. With a hiccup in the first half, Barrientos regrouped his lads to keep a clean sheet in the second half and eventually set them up for a valuable win. He also chipped in with a crucial goal to seal the win.