APK: G. Paschalidis 2, S. Truong
MET: J. Julardzija 7, E. Simsek 5, A. Stevanovic 3, D. Redzepovic 3, T. Grgic
The first clash to kick off Round 19 of the NIKE VLP saw top four heavyweights Metropolitan take on bottom placed Albert Park. Conceding almost 20 goals per game for the past three weeks (24, 19, 23), it was no surprise that Albert Park were on the end of yet another hiding by one of the most free scoring sides in the league. After missing the last couple of rounds, Metro forward pairing of Juso Julardzija and Ernie Simsek signalled their return with totals of seven and five goals respectively. Metro Captain Dino Redzepovic and veteran forward Alexander Stevanovic chipped in with three apiece while Tomo Grgic added a single in the second half. Facing a seven goal deficit at the break, Michael Lam’s side really had no chance of a comeback as the only shining light was the towering George Paschalidis who scored a double and defended ’till the end, but it wasn’t enough as all those wearing orange left the pitch with their tail between their legs yet again.
Man of the Match: Ernie Simsek & Juso Julardzija (Metro)
Both Simsek and Julardzija are combining to become one of the most feared strike partnerships in the league and they proved this point further with twelve goals between them. It was a timely bag of goals for JJ who goes back to the top of the golden boot chart, but if these two can continue to put in performances of this magnitude, there could be a first piece of silverware for the Royal blues come the end of season FOz Cup.
PV: S. Soufi, J. Da Silva, M. Rocca
FTZ: J. Silveria 3, F. De Moraes 2, M. Burton 2, B. Monteleone, A. Dunlop
The second game on the Round 19 card between Pascoe Vale and Fitzroy certainly drew in the crowd in droves. A packed out Futsal Oz Stadium was soon to be treated to one of the finest performances on a futsal court as the race to lock in a spot for the upcoming FAFL cup heats up. The outcome of the first half had the entire centre in disbelief as Fitzroy held an astounding 6-0 lead at the break. Fitzroy’s Futsalroo representative, Fernando De Moraes was at his unstoppable best with two majors and a hand in setting up a number of others as Joao Silveria also bagged two while Alistair Dunlop added a single. It’s not everyday that Pascoe Vale go an entire half without scoring and they tried to make up for it in the final half by deploying Andre Caro as the fifth man, but it was too little too late as Fitzroy’s Silveria completed his hat trick and veteran Mark Burton scored two of the finest goals to pile more misery on Pascoe who also lost to the Vipers last week. There were also consolation goals for Pascoe Vale converted by Sofiane Soufi, Joao Da Silva and Matteo Rocca who scored with a peach of a header, possibly the goal of the week.
Man of the Match: Fernando De Moraes (Fitzroy)
The Brazilian sensation really does love playing in front of a large crowd and against the big teams. Fernando was the pace setter and deciding factor in delivering such a commanding lead to his side in the first half, scoring two brilliant goals. With Fitzroy looking more and more likely to qualify for the upcoming FAFL Cup, all eyes will be on the Brazilian to see if he stays with his current side or will switch back to his old club in the Vic Vipers. Whichever way he goes, they will be lucky to have the best player in the land on their side. De Moraes was absolutely devastating tonight!
VV: Jon. Barrientos, Jas. Barrientos, M. Pedic, A. Farina (OG)
ASH: M. Matar 3, D. Acovissi 2, R. Castro 2
The next game to follow was yet another enticing encounter as the title bound Vic Vipers took on the very dangerous Ashburton. Buoyed by Pascoe Vale’s defeat at the hands of Fitzroy in the previous game, the Vipers were out to continue their winning ways. But for the second game in a row for Round 19 there seemed to be another upset on the cards as Ashburton held a shock 5-1 lead at the break. Two goals each from Davide Acovissi and Moe Matar, accompanied by a single from former Viper Ricky Castro was enough to overshadow Mirza Pedic’s solitary goal and deliver the momentum leading up to the final half. Looking to sit on their four goal advantage, Ashburton sat back and let the Vipers come at them with Johnny Barrientos deployed as the fifth man. After stifling many of the Vipers attacks, Ashburton eventually succumbed to goals from Barrientos brothers Johnny and Jason while an own goal from Andrea Farina made for an interesting end. But with less than five minutes remaining, strikes from man of the moment Ricky Castro and Moe Matar, along with a string of fine saves from league journeyman Liam Digby made sure that Ashburton were the surprise victors and continue to build their stocks ahead of the end of season FOz Cup.
Man of the Match: Liam Digby (Ashburton)
As mentioned previously, Ashburton’s number one has been labelled a league journeyman for the fact that he has played for the likes of Pascoe Vale, Brunswick, Hume, the Vic Vipers and now of course Ashburton. Asked to do whatever the necessary requirement, Digby is certainly the perfect example of a ‘team player’ and is an asset to any squad delivering plenty of energy and encouragement. No more so than today as his fine performances in between the sticks kept the Vipers at bay to deliver the biggest upset in recent weeks. Two breathtaking saves only minutes from the final whistle can be noted as game changing moments and will certainly be replayed time and time again on the highlights video.
HME: U. Cicek 2, M. Tankir, M. Vragovski
MICK: V. Zoric, D. Kusturic
The final game of the night saw Hume and Mickleham go head to head in what was a pretty run of the mill performance from Hume. Looking to claim their third result in a row (2W & 1D), the Army were in pole position to achieve that feat at the break as strikes from youngsters Ubeyde Cicek and Matty Vragovski overshadowed Vlado Zoric’s solitary effort for Mickleham. The second half was played in similar circumstances to the first where Hume were in control for majority of play, but Mickleham were quite threatening in patches. Never one to underestimate an opposition, Hume extended their lead as Cicek completed his double and captain Moe Tankir also got on the scoresheet with a back post finish. There was a late consolation goal from Mickleham’s Davor Kusturic but it was already too little too late as hume gather momentum ahead of their clash with the Vipers next week.
Man of the Match: Moe Tankir (Hume)
Tankir, who has been a regular face in the Hume set up has never had his commitment or desire questioned in regards to his club. With the game played out in very close circumstances, Tankir – the captain for tonight’s game – led by example laying traditional tough tackles, scoring a crucial second half goal and kept the energy up of his team mates as to not let a certain three points slip. It’s always refreshing to see a player take to the pitch and play for the badge with as much heart and soul as Hume’s number eleven.