MICK: V. Zoric 2, L. Campbell 2
BWK: C. Holmes 2, C. Mogoai, A. Apostolakis
The final game on this super sunday of futsal saw the second leg between Mickleham and Brunswick, for promotion into the V-League for next season. After holding a three goal advantage from the first leg, Mickleham were the heavy favourites to claim promotion, but brunswick are a determined lot and wouldn’t make it easy for them. To kick off first half action, Brunswick’s Cameron Holmes scored to reduce the deficit, but two quick strikes from Mickleham’s experienced forward pairing of Vlado Zoric and Lachie Campbell restored their lead. With time ticking away, it was Holmes who stepped up to the plate yet again and kept the Bloods in the game to make it 6-3 over the two legs at half time. Boosted by Holmes’ first half efforts, Brunswick continued their momentum booting the next two goals via a deflected own goal from Miroslav Lunt and a neat finish from captain Antonis Apostolakis. With the deficit only a solitary goal, Brunswick’s chances of drawing level received a boost as Miroslav Lunt was sent off for a second yellow card, but against the odds Vlado Zoric scored to put Mickleham into an 7-5 lead. With the final whistle drawing nearer, Brunswick upped the tempo and called Mickleham keeper Steve Castvan into some brilliant saves to maintain the lead. But eventually Clint Mogoai broke through to reduce the deficit to a single goal yet again. With only minutes remaining, the result was put beyond any doubt as in a cruel twist of fate, Antonis Apostolakis blocked Jose Portillo’s (certain) goal bound effort to which the deflection fell to Campbell who scored to seal the 8-6 win. If Apostolakis had of been able to get out of the way it would have levelled the scores, but as it stands, the Bloods have fallen agonisingly short and will have to endure yet another season of State League futsal. While Mickleham on the other hand will really be up against it this upcoming season the the premiership and if they are to survive will have to be a much more organised outfit than they were in 2013/14. If they don’t, a repeat Albert Park-like outcome looms a large possibility.
Man of the Match: Lachlan Campbell (Mickleham)
Never one who shies away from competition, Campbell was certainly up for a big game against Brunswick. Just as he had done on so many occasions for Mickleham throughout the season, Campbell scored two valuable goals – one in each half – to set up his side for victory. Brunswick who are largely a physical side did not phase the likes of Campbell who’s work rate across the pitch was unrivalled and also knows how to use his body in one on one situations.
Photo: Mickleham defender Davor Kusturic (L) celebrates after the final whistle with team mate Lachlan Campbell.