MET: J. Julardzija 4, E. Simsek 2
ASH: M. Alghorabi, A. Farina, J. Hurmez, E. Feschetti
The first game for Round 14 saw Metropolitan and Ashburton look to finish off their final game for the year with a win. It started brightly for Ashburton who went 2-0 up through Moe Alghorabi and debutant Emanuelle Feschetti. But as they so often do, metro hit back to level before the break with singles to Ernie Simsek and Juso Julardzija. The second half saw Metro jump into a commanding 5-2 lead from Simsek and a Julardzija double, but they took their foot off the pedal in true Metro passion to let Ashburton back into the game as Jackson Hurmez and Andrea Farina scored stunning strikes. But with only three minutes remaining Ashburton certainly were up against it and in chasing an equaliser, Julardzija came off the bench to wrap up the three points.
Man of the Match: Juso Julardzija (Metropolitan)
For Metropolitan, it certainly was a case of Juso to the rescue as the bustling striker scored yet another bag of goals to bail his side out of trouble yet again. Bagging the equaliser in the first half and then scoring a second half hat trick is more than enough reason to give Julardzija the man of the match honour.
MICK: I. Filipovic, L. Campbell, L. Correa
VV: Jas. Barrientos 2, M. Santoro, A. Cooper
The second game on the card saw second bottom Mickleham go up against the ladder leaders in the Vic Vipers. Although heavily favoured for the three points, the Vipers didn’t have it all their own way as the first half ended 3-3 a piece. Mickleham’s goals were supplied from Iggy Filipovic, Leo Correa and stand in captain Lachie Campbell while the Vipers’ go to man up front Jason Barrientos grabbed a double and Adam Cooper bagged the other. The second half saw both squads pushed to their limits as each only had one sub to call upon. The Vipers it’s fair to say had the better of the open play, but Mickleham’s defence stood firm with the input of mainly Davor Kusturic and debutant Miroslav Lunt who looked quite at home at the Futsal Oz Stadium. The Vipers were sent into the lead through a Michael Santoro strike who has been improving week by week and become quite a handy defender for Milton Sakkos’ side. Apart from a late penalty shout from Mickleham, the Vipers’ looked quite comfortable in holding their one goal lead and held on to end 2013 in a winning fashion.
Man of the Match: Jason Barrientos (Vic Vipers)
One of the unsung heroes of the NIKE V-League Premiership, the Vic Vipers Jason Barrientos came to the aid of his side yet again. So often does the Vipers target man evade his defender to slot in at the back post and he did just that with aplomb against a determined Mickleham.
HME: S. Cicek, F. De Moraes (OG)
FTZ: B. Monteleone 2, F. De Moraes, J. Ortiz, J. Silveria
The next game to take place was Hume and Fitzroy, with a win being crucial to both teams. The first half ended up in a 1-1 stale mate with both goals coming in the first five minutes. Fitzroy went ahead through a Ben Monteleone strike, while a scramble from a corner ball saw Fernando spill the ball into his own net. To kick off the the action in the second period of play saw Hume keep quite close to their higher ranked opponents for a large portion of the half. But in the end it was all Fitzroy who cruised to a well deserved 5-2 win. Ben Monteleone starred with a double while Fernando, Jeremy Ortiz and Joao Silveria all managed singles. Hume’s Sacid Cicek reduced the deficit midway through the half, but there was just too much quality within the Fitzroy squad for the Army to deal with as absences (Nejdett Sahin and Vadim Mazurskiy) and loss of form contributed to the loss.
Man of the Match: Ben Monteleone (Fitzroy)
The Fitzroy goal sneak has put in some commendable performances since returning from injury and has been in almost unstoppable form. Hume as we know will always fight tooth and nail to defeat their opponents and really apply the shackles to strangle the more talented players. On this occasion, Monteleone got the better of the Hume defence to score an important goal in each half.
PV: M. Rocca 4, J. Da Silva 4
The final game for the year saw the current V-League champions in Pascoe Vale take on the current State League champions Albert Park. A mis-match on paper, Albert Park held their own against Pascoe, only going down 2-0 at the break after Joao Da Silva and Matteo Rocca both scored. But the second half was a different story after Pascoe keeper Felipe Bley bounced back from a serious knock to keep a clean sheet and his outfield scored six unanswered second half goals. Both Rocca and Da Silva both starred taking their match tallies to four goals each. The Christmas break couldn’t have come any sooner for Michael Lam’s Albert Park who can now go away, regroup and refresh to try and catch Mickleham in their quest for survival. Pascoe Vale on the other hand while at the top of the table are desperate for the Vipers to drop points as they are now eight points adrift.
Man of the Match: Matteo Rocca (Pascoe Vale)
After struggling with injury and form since the start of the season, Rocca has bounced back in a big way to repay manager Paul Vidic’s decision for more game time. With the second half of the season only weeks away, Rocca will be a crucial tool in chasing down the Vipers in the quest for league glory in 2014.