2013/14 SOLO Men’s FOz Cup 1st QTR. FINAL RESULT:
MET: E. Simsek 3, T. Grgic 3, D. Redzepovic 2
HME: S. Rashidi 2, F. Bozdogan, S. Cicek
The first quarter final of the Men’s SOLO FOz Cup saw Metropolitan take on Hume. The Royal Blues who finished in fourth position and had the more solid league campaign throughout the league season were the favourites and had their chances increased as the Army were missing key players Matty Vragovski, Resit Culculoglu and Nejdett Sahin. Against the odds, Hume shot into a 2-0 lead in the first half as Shayan Rashidi and Sacid Cicek struck with aplomb. But it wasn’t enough to keep Metro at bay as doubles from Dino Redzepovic and Tomo Grgic made it 4-2 at the break. Metro continued their hot form well into the second half as they piled on a further four goals with Tomo Grgic completed his hat trick and Ernie Simsek also chipped in with three of his own in the final period. Hume – as they so often do – battled to the very end and didn’t let Metro have everything their own way, as second half strikes from Rashidi and Fikri Bozdogan had Metro looking over their shoulders for the rest of the half. As it stands Hume now have the 2014 league season to prepare for, as Metro keep their chances of a first piece of silverware alive, but a strong Vic Vipers outfit awaits in the semi finals.
Man of the Match: Ernie Simsek (Metropolitan)
One of the strong favourites for the end of season Best and Fairest award, Metro’s Ernie Simsek delivered yet another stand out performance. Metro’s “Mr. Consistent”, Simsek’s second half hat trick was enough to keep a determined Hume at bay and guide his side into the semi finals.
Photo: Metropolitan’s Ernie Simsek was all smiles in the second half as he fired in a match winning hat trick.
2013/14 SOLO Men’s FOz Cup 2nd QTR. FINAL RESULT:
PV: C. Russo 2, A. Caro 2, S. Soufi 2, J. Da Silva, M. Rocca, P. Ventania
ASH: D. Acovissi
The next game on the card was the second quarter final between Pascoe Vale and Ashburton. Pascoe, who finished third in their league campaign were disappointed in their efforts and are out to make amends in the FOz Cup. The current FOz Cup champions intentions were quite clear as they came out firing in the first half to condemn Ashburton to a 5-1 deficit at the break. Led by captain Andre Caro’s double, there were also singles from Sofiane Soufi, Joao Da Silva and Pedro Ventania to over shadow Davide Acovissi’s strike for the green Machine. The second half was completely dominated by Pascoe as they dominated possession, hardly allowing their opponents a sniff of the ball. Luckily for Pascoe’s sake they could convert their possession into goals, scoring four unanswered majors from Soufi, Matteo Rocca and an well taken double from youngster Cossimo Russo who enjoyed more game time. With their dominant eight goal win, Pascoe now march into their semi final against rivals Fitzroy with plenty of confidence. Expect a packed futsal Oz Stadium for that encounter.
Man of the Match: Andre Caro (Pascoe Vale)
Pascoe Vale stalwart Andre Caro had a real captains game against the dangerous Ashburton. Normally seen on the attack for his side, Caro sat back in defence and nullified their go-to-man in Ricky Castro who was also the 2013/14 Golden Boot recipient. To Caro’s credit he kept Castro scoreless and also managed to get on the scoresheet twice himself in the first half.
Photo: Pascoe Vale’s 15 year old prodigy Cossimo Russo watches his strike float past Ashburton’s Con Makris to seal the win.
2013/14 SOLO Men’s FOz Cup 1st SEMI FINAL RESULT:
VV: A. Chiappetta, M. Avram, A. Cooper, M. Barrigos
MET: T. Grgic 3, E. Simsek, D. Redzepovic
The next game on the card saw current league champions in the Vic Vipers take on the challenge of Metropolitan who defeated Hume earlier on. Metro who have been runner up in both the league and cup on a number of occasions had the odds stacked against them, but they were a united and determined group in the first half. Looking to rewrite their own history, Metro took a surprise 3-1 lead into the break as Tomo Grgic hit home a double and along with a Dino Redzepovic single the Royal Blues were able to overcome Adrian Chiappetta’s strike for the Vipers. With their goal of achieving the league and cup double under serious threat, the Vipers came out swinging calling Michael Chami into a string of fine saves as well as hitting the metal work on a number of occasions. But despite their dominance on goal, the Vipers conceded a further two goals from Metro’s dynamic duo of Ernie Simsek and Tomo Grgic who completed a hat trick. Mid way through the half, Vipers went to deploy Johnny Barrientos as the fifth man, just as Metro were going to sit on their four goal lead. But the Vipers, arguably the best side to play the fifth man pulled the margin back to 5-4 as singles from Maxi Avram, Miguel Barrigos and Adam Cooper made for one of the most nail biting finishes to be seen in the cup. After conceding a number of fouls, Metro gave away a sixth foul penalty, but cooper was unable to get past Michael Chami who had a blinding finish to the game also pulling off a lunging fingertip save to deny Johnny Barrientos with the final kick of the game. It certainly was a game worthy of being the final, packed with plenty of passion and emotion from both sides and the crowd.
Man of the Match: Tomo Grgic (Metropolitan)
The veteran defender from Metropolitan backed up his hat trick from his earlier game against Hume by scoring a further three goals. But it’s fair to say that this hat trick held a lot more significance as it was against the current league champs and sent his side into the FOz cup final, thier first in a number of seasons. With an almost flawless cup campaign thus far, Grgic will have to raise the level of quality yet again in the final where Metro await Pascoe Vale or Fitzroy.
Photo: Unlucky to miss out on the man of the match, Metro keeper Michael Chami celebrates in triumph after the final whistle.
2013/14 SOLO Men’s FOz Cup 2nd SEMI FINAL RESULT:
FTZ: F. De Moraes, J. Melo
PV: A. Caro 2, S. Soufi, J. Da Silva, P. Ventania
The next game to follow was to decide who would join Metropolitan in the final as Fitzroy and Pascoe Vale took to the pitch. Buoyed after their heavy defeat of Ashburton earlier in the night, Pascoe continued their fine form as they shot to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Strikes from Sofiane Soufi and Joao Da Silva were enough to give the current cup holders the lead at the break. Desperate to get back into the game, Fitzroy really needed to get the first goal of the final period and their prayers were answered as Junior Melo’s goal reduced the deficit to 2-1. But Pascoe hit back with the next two goals through Andre Caro and Pdero Ventania to really make it an uphill battle for Tod Myles’ side. Fitzroy then threw everything they had at Pascoe, putting more shots on target and even hitting the metal work. Fitzroy’s MVP award winner for the 2013/14 season Fernando De Moraes proved that he was a worthy winner with a late goal to reduce the deficit to two, but it wasn’t enough as Pascoe captain Andre Caro finished off the game with an effort into an open goal to seal his sides path into the final.
Man of the Match: Andre Caro (Pascoe Vale)
Caro showed he really mean business with his second brilliant showing in as many games. Just as he did against Ashburton, Caro played a major role in keeping Fitzroy’s main players – Joao Silveria and Fernando – quiet and also booted two match winning goals. A brilliant showing for the captain, hopefully he can keep this for up into tonights final against Metropolitan.
Photo: Pascoe Vale’s Andre Caro celebrates a game breaking goal in the second half.
2013/14 SOLO Women’s FOz Cup GRAND FINAL RESULT:
PV: I. Jakab, N. Mackie
After all of the men’s semi’s were done and dusted, it was now time for the Women’S FOz Cup final to take place between Pascoe Vale and Richmond. There couldn’t have been a better scenario set for the final as the top two teams over the duration of the league season were to take centre stage. Richmond although fancied their chances as they boasted keeper for the Matilda’s and Adelaide United, Melissa Barbieri in goals as well as former Melbourne Victory forward Rachel Alonzo. But Richmond’s firepower didn’t intimidate the Pascoe Vale girls as they kept their heads down and focused on the task at hand which was obtaining their first FOz Cup. The discipline that Pascoe displayed in the first half was rewarded after two fine finishes from captain Ili Jakab and Naomi Mackie and that’s the way the score would stay until half time.
Facing a two goal deficit into the final half, it was clear that Richmond had to throw everything they had at the Pascoe Vale goal and that they did – even deploying Barbieri further up the field as a ‘fly keeper’. But the Pascoe Vale defence, led by Chloe Drinoczky and Tilly Ford was just too well drilled and difficult to break through. Apart from a few half chances, Pascoe were largely untroubled and their first half scoreline of 2-0 was enough to see them over the line to lift their first FOz Cup to go along with their 2013 league title.
MVP: Chloe Drinoczky (Pascoe Vale)
Pascoe Vale’s Chloe Drinockzy was an immense force in her sides triumph against a tough Richmond outfit. In such a defensive game and Richmond with plenty of attacking options, Drinoczky was at the forefront of the protection of her sides 2-0 lead. Never afraid of putting her body on the line, Drinoczky was also important in linking up with the attack, often laying the ball on for the forwards. More than a worthy winner of the MVP award, hopefully Drinoczky can carry on this kind of form throughout the new league season and claim a second league winners title.
Photo: The Pascoe Vale Women’s side have captured their first FOz Cup title and their second piece of silverware in their short history.
2013/14 SOLO Men’s FOz Cup GRAND FINAL RESULT:
MET: A. Redzepovic, J. Julardzija
PV: S. Soufi 3, P. Ventania 2, C. Russo, M. Rocca, B. Polatti, L. Kruel
It was finally here! The game that the entire Futsal Oz Stadium had been waiting for had arrived as six time cup winner Pascoe Vale took on Metropolitan who was yet to add a piece of silverware to it’s cabinet. Both sides were at full strength as Pascoe vale went in unchanged from their win over Fitzroy while metro were able to add goal machine Juso Julardzija to the squad that toppled the Vipers. The first half action saw Pascoe come out of the blocks the strongest as they raced to a 3-0 lead with goals from Lucas Kruel, Pedro Ventania and Sofiane Soufi. Metro’s Alija Redzepovic pulled a goal back with a close range finish past Felipe Bley, but the veterans good work came undone as Metro gave away a second 10 metre penalty in which Soufi converted with little fuss.
With Metropolitan’s title hopes left in tatters after the first half, they couldn’t muster the energy or desire to fight back as their ‘”core” group of players appeared spent after playing large portions of minutes against Hume and the Vipers. This really took it’s toll for the worst as Pascoe piled on five unanswered goals to claim what was their seventh FOz Cup. Sofiane Soufi capped off a fine showing for Pascoe as he completed his hat trick while Pedro claimed a double and there were singles for Brenno Polatti, Matteo Rocca and youngster Cossimo Russo who had an FOz Cup campaign to remember. Pascoe Vale’s Felipe Bley was also an immense figure in goals for Pascoe as his energy and vocal encouragement spurred his weary team mates on, as he pulled off save after save and really frustrated the Metro forwards. But as Bley was subbed minutes before the final whistle, there was a late consolation goal for Metro as Juso Julardzija bullied his way through the Pascoe defence for a fine finish past Pascoe’s Giobatta Bianchini, but it really was too little too late from the Royal Blues.
It was a welcome return to the major winners list for Pascoe as their seventh FOz Cup crown washes away the feelings of disappointment for finishing third in the league. Now with a new look squad and a new found confidence, Pascoe can focus on the upcoming season and FAFL Cup campaigns. Commiserations to Metropolitan as their hopes of claiming a piece of silverware goes begging yet again. This now leaves many questions begging as to where does this talented squad go from here? What do they need to take the next step in their quest for glory? A manager perhaps? Time will tell if they can regroup quick enough for the start of yet another gruelling 21 weeks of league futsal as Round 1 beckons.
Man of the Match: Sofiane Soufi (Pascoe Vale)
It’s hard to go past Pascoe Vale’s giant French target for the best player of the final. In the first half, Soufi was able to hold his nerve to finish two 10 metre penalties to give his side a three goal margin at the break. A margin which seemingly broke the back of Metro and set up Pascoe Vale’s dominant second half. Soufi, who was also the joint Golden Boot winner – with Metro’s Tomo Grgic – is also proof that the Frenchman was a threat in each and every game scoring two against Ashburton, a single against Fitzroy and a hat trick in the final.
In a close second was Pascoe Vale’s keeper Felipe Bley. His heroics in goal have not gone unnoticed here as he had a massive influence in both halves and was a at the forefront of Metro’s frustration, purely as they could not find a way past the Brazilian. Finally free from injury and out of Lorenzo De Paris’ shadow, Bley has really stepped up in the last few weeks – especially in this cup campaign – to become Pascoe’s outright first choice keeper.
Photo: The Pascoe Vale Men’s side have more than lived up to their title as “cup specialists” as they claim their seventh cup title.