NIKE V-League Round 11 Review (VIC)

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Logo - V-League (PNG)2013/14 NIKE Men’s VLP Round 11 RESULT:

Pascoe Vale Futsal Club 2 – 4 Vic Vipers Futsal Club

PV: R. Armellini, S. Soufi

VV: A. Cooper, Jas. Barrientos, Jon. Barrientos, M. Avram

What better way is there to kick off Round 11 of the NIKE VLP other than a clash between the leagues two biggest rivals in Pascoe Vale and the Vic Vipers. After their first loss of the season last week, all eyes were on the Vipers to see if they could bounce back against their determined rivals. After a slow start to the opening of the game, two quick goals from Adam Cooper and Maxi Avram put the Vipers into a comfortable lead. Pascoe Vale hearts were all but shattered at the end of the first half as Vipers goal sneak Jason Barrientos made it 3-0 just before the whistle. The half time talk worked wonders for the current champions as Robbie Armellini pulled one back, but the Vipers were a determined unit who were quite happy to sit and defend their two goal advantage. With the final whistle edging closer, Pascoe deployed the fly keeper, looking to break through a supurbly set up Vipers defence, but it opened the door for Jonathan Barrientos to shoot into an empty net. Pascoe Vale’s French striker Sofiane Soufi was able to manage a late goal past Christos Apostolakis but it wasn’t enough as the vipers get back to winning ways in the best possible fashion. Over their long time title rivals.

Man of the Match: Christos Apostolakis (Vic Vipers)

The man at the heart of the win was Vipers keeper Christos Apostolakis. After an up and down performance last week, the Vipers number one put in a stellar performance, especially late in the game as Pascoe were constantly peppering his goal. Always putting his body on the line and keeping his defence organised, Apostolakis was more than deserving of being labeled best player on the pitch.

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Vipers keeper Christos Apostolakis was completely focused and determined against Pascoe Vale, getting back to his best.

2013/14 NIKE Men’s VLP Round 11 RESULT:

Mickleham Futsal Club 5 – 3 Ashburton Futsal Club

MICK: I. Filipovic 2, L. Campbell 2, L. Holian

ASH: S. Gustus, D. Acovissi, R. Covarrubias

The next game on the card saw league strugglers Mickleham go up against Ashburton who were on a high after narrowly defeating Hume last week. The first half delivered quite a shock as Mickleham went ahead 2-0 through their bustling strikers Iggy Filipovic and Lachie Campbell. The second half saw mickleham continue to run with their momentum as both Filipovic and Campbell cpmpleted doubles while Luke Holian added the final nail in the coffin. Ashburton hit back with a late fight back and had many clear cut chances, three majors were added from Stevie Gustus, Davide Acovissi and Rodrigo Covarrubias but it just wasn’t enough to prevent Mickleham taking a giant step towards survival for next season.

Man of the Match: Lachie Campbell (Mickleham)

After missing last weeks narrow loss to Pascoe Vale, returning striker Lachie Campbell reinstated just how important he is to his often struggling side. One of the best targets in the league, Campbell was at his physical and prolific best in front of goal to get the best of Davide Acovissi and Co. Mickleham look set to at least lock in 7th position come seasons end, but to secure a top six birth, Campbell needs to be playing regularly.

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Mickleham’s man of the match Lachie Campbell prepares to run at Ashburton’s Richie Ferguson.

2013/14 NIKE Men’s VLP Round 11 RESULT:

Albert Park Futsal Club 1 – 9 Hume Futsal Club

APK: G. Paschalidis

HME: S. Cicek 2, M. Parlak 2, J. Michaelis 2, F. Bozdogan, A. Azzam, N. Sahin

Hume had a great chance to close the gap on Ashburton as they went up against bottom placed Albert Park. It was quite a run of the mill performance by Amin Keddad’s Army, boosted by the return of star attackers Jordan Michaelis and Sacid Cicek who both excelled with important doubles. The other scorers for Hume were Mehmet Parlak with two and singles to Fikri Bozdogan, Ahmed Azzam and silky defender Nejdett Sahin. Albert Park who look to be continually on the decline had George Paschalidis to thank for their solitary goal. Poor Albert Park keeper Moe Kuzucu has to be one of the busiest keepers week in week out for his side and it’s only a matter of time before he reaches boiling point as his defence continually hang him out to dry. In fact, Michael Lam’s side could and look very likely to become the very first team in league history that will fail to register a point in an entire season.

Man of the Match: Jordan Michaelis (Hume)

With their last win coming in round five, Hume have really lacked a cutting edge up front, with Matty Vragovski and Adem Alicevic struggling to get on the score sheet regularly. Amin Keddad has been crying out for a solution and the return of the crafty Jordan Michaelis has surely eased his nerves. After missing the last few games, Michaelis looked as though he hasn’t missed a beat, registering two goals, providing pin point passes and doing his bit in defence, it really was a welcome return.

A special mention also has to be given to Sacid Cicek who made his first appearance of the season and also chipped in with two goals and in all fairness could have had at least five. He will surely give Alicevic a run for his money as the leading forward of the side. He certainly is a player who needs to be playing in the NIKE VLP week in week out.

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Hume’s Nejdett Sahin (L) celebrates with Mehmet Parlak who lifts Fikri Bozdogan after scoring in the second half.

2013/14 NIKE Men’s VLP Round 11 RESULT:

Metropolitan Futsal Club 7 – 6 Fitzroy Futsal Club

MET: T. Grgic 3, D. Redzepovic, A. Redzepovic, E. Simsek, A. Fusca (OG)

FTZ: A. Dunlop 2, F. De Moraes 2, M. Burton, I. Altuntas

The final game for Round 11 saw top four rivals Metropolitan and Fitzroy take to the pitch in a bid to close the gap on second placed Pascoe Vale. Fitzroy took the advantage in the first half, registering a 5-2 lead at the break. Fitzroy captain Alistair Dunlop starred with a brace while Dino Redzepovic and an own goal from Ange Fusca kept Metro in the contest. The second half saw Fernando register his second of the game to keep Fitzroy on track for a much needed win, but Metro never gave up hope and chipped away with goals from Alija Redzepovic, Ernie Simsek and a hat trick from Tomo Grgic to condemn Tod Myles’ side to yet another heart breaking loss. Two goals in the final minute from Alija and Grgic brought back haunting memories of the freak goal that Ashburton’s Ricky Castro had scored to draw the game. It really was yet another opportunity thrown away by Fitzroy who could have climbed over Pascoe Vale had they won, but Metro to their credit are fully deserving of the three points.

Man of the Match: Tomo Grgic (Metropolitan)

Tomo Grgic or otherwise known as the ‘heartbreaker’ certainly lived up to his name by scoring yet another last gasp goal to seal the points for his side. Looking at a 6-2 deficit, it was Grgic’s three goals that turned Metro’s fortunes around. The veteran was also a required figure in defence blocking many crucial passes laid by Fernando, Granollers and the like. A truly outstanding performance and im sire his match winning strike will be replayed time and time again on the highlights package!

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Metro’s Yane coceski and Dino Redzepovic embrace match winner Tomo Grgic after scoring just before the final whistle.

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