MICK: V. Zoric 4, I. Filipovic, S. Castvan, D. Kusturic
MET: A. Redzepovic 4, D. Redzepovic 2, G. Candelo
The first game to kick off Round 16 of the NIKE VLP saw Metropolitan and relegation threatened Mickleham take to the pitch. Apart from taking on a title favourite, Mickleham were always going to go up against the odds as they were to play without any substitutes and as a result they found themselves in a 5-2 deficit. The Redezepovic brothers did the damage with a brace each, while returning veteran Vlado Zoric and keeper Steve Castvan managed singles for Mickleham. The opening of the second half saw Mickleham take a shock lead as Zoric added a further three goals while Iggy Filipovic and Davor Kusturic scored late to make a Mickleham win a reality. But Metro weren’t going to go away as Alija Redzepovic added two late goals (one a minute from time) to level the scores and seal a deserved point.
Man of the Match: Vlado Zoric (Mickleham)
Missing the best part of two months of league action, Mickleham veteran Vlado Zoric had to really did deep to last the distance against Metro today. He not only lasted the distance (with no subs) but scored four very important goals to earn his side a valuable point. Some may say that Mickleham deserved the win, only to miss out in the last minute, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Zoric’s input.
VV: Jas. Barrientos 2, A. Cooper, M. Avram
FTZ: J. Silveira 2, B. Monteleone 2, M. Burton 2, A. Fusca, F. De Moraes, A. Dunlop
The next game on the card saw table toppers Vic Vipers go up against top four rivals Fitzroy. In recent outings, these two star studded sides have never failed to showcase a quality display of futsal and tonight was no different. Desperate to maintain their lead on top of the table, Fitzroy spoiled the Vipers’ party in the first half with a 2-0 lead as Ben Monteleone and Mark Burton both hit the back of the net. Early goals in the second period to Brazilian duo Fernando and Joao Silveira made sure that the Vipers were facing only their second loss of the season. After deploying the ‘fly keeper’ the Vipers hit back with three quick goals from Adam Cooper, Jason Barrientos and Maxi Avram to have the ‘roy’ boys looking over their shoulder. In the past the young lads of Fitzroy may have caved under the pressure but showing how far they have developed this season they piled on a further five goals to secure a morale boosting win, much to the onlooking Pascoe Vale’s delight who have now re-entered the race for the title.
Man of the Match: Joao Silveira (Fitzroy)
Since joining Fitzroy midway through the season, Silveira has been a major asset to his side and the league. The Brazilian was everywhere on the park, filling in wherever he was needed but did most of his damage up front linking up withe the likes of Ben Monteleone and Fernando. Also with crucial goals in each half, Silveira was a major cog in the win over the league leaders.
PV: S. Soufi, B. Polatti
HME: M. Vragovski, S. Rashidi
The next game to follow saw two fierce rivals in Pascoe Vale and Hume take to the pitch in what was the third instalment of last seasons FOz Cup final. Looking to capitalise on the Vipers shock loss to Fitzroy in the previous game, Pascoe were looking for a smooth start – as was NSW keeper Robert Maiorana playing in his first game – to the game but they got the exact opposite as Hume went 1-0 up at the break with a Matty Vragovski strike and some determined defending to boot. Maintaining a slender lead against Pascoe is never easy and it was soon 1-1 as Sofiane Soufi scored early in the final period. But Hume never dropped their heads and were rewarded minutes later as Shayan Rashidi scored from a tight angle past Maiorana to deliver the underdogs the lead. With plenty of time remaining, Hume still had plenty to do and they stood up to the test keeping the Pascoe attack to a minimum which raised the frustration levels within Paul Vidic’s squad so much so that Johnny Tabarkiewicz was sent off for a second yellow card. With less than three minutes on the clock and a man down, Hume looked destined for a well deserved win but that was until Pascoe’s wily defender Brenno Polatti tucked away a loose ball to seal a 2-2 result which had the entire Hume squad deflated and the black and whites elated.
Man of the Match: Nejdett Sahin (Hume)
Hume defender Nejdett Sahin is fast becoming one of the most consistent defenders in the league and by tonights performance he has more than justified his place among the league’s elite. Along with defensive partner Resit Culculoglu, the dynamic duo at the back stifled many Pascoe Vale attacks, restricting them to many long shots and kept the always dangerous Sofiane Soufi to a solitary goal. With plenty of attacking flair and a stinging left foot strike, Sahin certainly is a player for the future.
ASH: R. Castro 14, M. Giotta 2, S. Gustus, M. Matar, J. Jiminez
APK: G. Paschalidis, A. Cao
The final game of the night saw Ashburton take on league strugglers Albert Park and it was a similar story which unfolded for Michael Lam’s side as they copped yet another belting. There was not a lot to report on except that Albert Park seem to be getting worse and worse as the season draws to a close, showing no fight or desire to maintain their position in the best Futsal competition in the land. Oh, and that Ashburton’s Ricky Castro broke the record for most goals scored in a game with 14, breaking Hume striker Vadim Mazurskiy’s previous record of 13. With six goals in the first half and eight in the second, Castro was able to do as he pleased, with the Albert Park squad looking quite lethargic and disinterested. Congratulations to Ricky who goes down in the VLP history books and has gone through a total transformation on and off the pitch to become one of the leagues leading forwards.
Man of the Match: Ricky Castro (Ashburton)
Well when a player scores fourteen goals in a game and breaks the VLP record along the way, could the man of the match award be given to anyone else? Ricky Castro was absolutely unplayable from start to finish as his positioning and physicality was too much for the lowly Albert Park to handle. A match up with Hume’s star defensive duo in Resit Culculoglu and Nejdett Sahin awaits Castro next week which will be a mouth watering encounter!