ASH: R. Castro 2, J. Jiminez
HME: A. Alicevic 2, S. Rashidi, P. Montagna
The first game to kick off Round 17 of the NIKE VLP saw two sides who have been in 5th and 6th positions on the ladder for majority of the season. After demolishing Albert Park last week, Ashburton continued their momentum as they registered a 2-1 half time lead as golden boot leader Ricky Castro booted a double while Hume’s solitary goal was converted by Paul Montagna. Early in the second half, Ashburton looked to have all but sealed the three points after a Joaquin Jiminez strike and a solid defensive display, but all their hard work would come undone in the final five minutes. First it was Shayan Rashidi who blasted from distance to get the better of keeper Con Makris, then a double from Adem Alicevic – who’s presence was hardly felt up until this point – in the final two minutes of play sealed an epic comeback to leapfrog the green machine into fifth position.
Man of the Match: Adem Alicevic (Hume)
As mentioned in the match report, Alicevic was on the whole unimpressive in large portions of the game up until the final ten minutes or so where he certainly made his mark. But you really do have to give it to last seasons golden boot who believed in his ability and fought off major frustration to boot the final two goals. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come for the Hume front man who looks to be building in confidence ahead of the upcoming FOz Cup.
PV: L. Kruel 4, S. Soufi 4, C. Russo 2, A. Caro, M. Rocca, B. Polatti
MICK: I. Filipovic
The second game to take place saw Pacoe Vale and their new Italian keeper, Giobatta Bianchini take on a Mickleham side who were buoyed after last weeks draw with Metropolitan. The first half was quite a tightly contested affair but it was the current league champions who came out on top with a 3-1 lead at the break. Pascoe Vale’s Sofiane Soufi was the standout with all three goals while Mickleham’s solitary goal was scored by Ignat Filipovic. The second half was more one sided as was expected and Pascoe certainly took advantage of the player advantage in the sweltering conditions. Lucas Kruel was the star in the final period of play as he topped the scoring with four goals, joined by Soufi who added one to his first half tally. Pascoe youngster Cossimo Russo enjoyed more game time on the park as he bagged a double and there were also singles to Car, Polatti and Rocca to cap off a rather run of the mill performance.
Man of the Match: Sofiane Soufi (Pascoe Vale)
With Mickleham coming out of the blocks in the first half, desperate to claim a major scalp, Sofiane Soufi’s hat trick in the first half relieved the pressure of his team mates to go on and record a thumping result.
A special mention must also go to Pascoe Vale’s debut keeper Giobatta Bianchini who hardly put a foot wrong. Commanded his box and defence brilliantly and only conceded one goal. It seems that manager Paul Vidic has a real gem on his hands, but we will see how Bianchini holds up in the clash against the Vipers next week to get a true test of what the Italian is capable of.
MET: T. Grgic 2, A. Redzepovic, E. Simsek, G. Lucena (OG)
VV: M. Barrigos 3, M. Avram 2, A. Cooper, K. Pates
The next game on the Round 17 card was an absolute blockbuster as top four giants Metropolitan and Vic Vipers took to the field. With the temperature yet to subside in the Futsal Oz Stadium, it was the Vipers who went into half time with a 3-1 lead. Miguel Barrigos was the man responsible for all Vipers goals with a well deserved hat trick, while Ernie Simsek’s strike kept Metro in the game. Looking to take the sting out of the game, the Vipers looked to maintain possession and ease to the final whistle, but a double from Metro veteran Tomo Grgic and a single from Alija Redzepovic made sure that the Vipers would have to change their mindset or suffer their second loss in a row. Luckily for the league leaders sake, they hit back quickly to regain the lead as Maxi Avram scored two and a thumping long range effort from Futsalroo Adam Cooper made sure that the tiring metro could have no way back into the game. There was more drama to follow before the final whistle as Vipers keeper Kieran Pates scored with a strike from his own box and there was an own goal in favour of the Royal Blues off Vipers youngster Gabby Lucena.
Man of the Match: Kieran Pates (Vipers)
With some impressive performances of late, Pates has gone from strength to strength as the season draws to an end. With a string of fine saves in the dying minutes and a goal to seal the result, Pates really did have a stand out performance to deliver a much needed win before next weeks Titanic clash against long time rivals Pascoe Vale next week.
APK: J. Vasquez
FTZ: F. De Moraes 6, M. Burton 4, A. Fusca 3, J. Monteleone 2, B. Monteleone 2, J. Silveria 2, J. Melo 2, A. Granollers, A. Dunlop
The final game for Round 17 was as predicted, yet another woeful outing by Albert Park as they took on second placed Fitzroy. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Michael Lam’s side, they came up against a side who had just toppled the ladder leaders – Vic Vipers – the previous week and were full of confidence and also at full strength. Brazilian sensation Fernando De Moraes ran rampant scoring six goals and in all honesty could have had another six if not for the metal work. There were other multiple scorers for Tod Myles’ side as Mark Burton bagged four, Ange Fusca slotted three and there were doubles for the Monteleone brothers along with brazilian duo Joao Silveria and Junior Melo. All those involved at Albert Park must surely be wondering if it’s even worth turning up next week as they have conceded 24, 19 and 23 goals in their last three games.
Man of the Match: Fernando De Moraes (Fitzroy)
The Brazilian had the ball on a string tonight as he converted six and could have added yet another six if not for hitting the post time after time. Arguably Australia’s greatest ever player, De Moraes did as he pleased, practically walking through the Albert Park defence as if they were training cones – to which end their jerseys are ironically of orange colour.