2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WFOz Cup QF RESULT:
Fitzroy Futsal Club 3-1 Vic Vipers Futsal Club
FITZ – B.Mankir 2, E.Vatcky
VV – T.Benoit
With the regular season done and dusted the Women’s V-League moves to the Futsal Oz Cup the best 6 teams in the league battle it out for the ultimate prize. First up was 4th against 5th with the Fitzroy taking on the Vic Vipers. In what was a very dull start to the game both sides seemed a little flat and tentative as the first half remained goal less going into half time.
The second half was much the same story with goals being hard to come by Fitzroy were handed a gift when an attempted clearance found its way into the back of the net off Busra Makir to open the scoring. Vipers then had to go for the equaliser and were being caught out constantly on the counter but Fitzroy were unable to capitalise. Finally it became 2-0 with an almost identical goal deflecting off Elaina Vatcky for the second and almost certainly the win. Vipers then deployed the ‘Fly Keeper” and had some golden opportunities to score but they were once again they were caught out when a Mankir clearance rolled into the empty net for 3-0. Tina Benoit pulled one back with seconds remaining but it was to little to late. Fitzroy progress to the Semi Final where they will face Richmond, As for the Vipers they are going home disappointed.
Player Of The Game – Busra Mankir (Fitzroy)
The youngster hasn’t played many games so far this season and stood in tonight under plenty of pressure and gave her side the lead when they were struggling to find a goal as her performance guided her side into the Semi Final.
2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WFOz Cup QF RESULT:
MU – M.Marques 2
ASH – L.Barrett 2, G.Kim (Own Goal)
Next up the second quarter final between Melbourne Uni and Ashburton. Melbourne who are the defending champs lost a big lead at the top of the league to Richmond right at the death of the season would look to lift their results in the cup. It was Ashburton though who took a shock lead with Grace Kim turning one into her own net off a Leah Barrett strike. Melbourne wasted no time in taking the ascendancy though with Kim making up for her blunder playing in Marques to level the scores going into half time.
The second half began in a tight tussle but it was Ashburton forward Barrett proving to much to handle as she gave her side the lead for the second time on the night. Barrett had no intention of slowing down either as she bagged another to almost certainly have her side into the Semi Final. Marques looked to bring her side back into the game with 1 minute remaining as she won and converted a penalty to give Uni a sniff, It would prove a case of to little to late though as Ashburton shockingly knocked the holders out of the tournament. They now go through to the next stage of the cup where they will once again meet Pascoe Vale can they get up for one more big performance and make the final ? We will find out in an hours time.
Player Of The Game – Leah Barrett (Ashburton FC)
Barrett was unplayable tonight, Her sheer strength on the ball and thunderous shot proving to much for Melbourne to handle as she guided her side into the Semi Finals where she will need an equally good if not better display against Pascoe Vale.
2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WFOz Cup SF RESULT:
RICH – A.Erenli 3, P.Bakopoulos, R.Alonso, E.Hulbert
FITZ – J.Browne, E.Vatcky
Next up the first Semi Final took to the Futsal Oz court between newly crowned champions FC Richmond who took on an understrength Fitzroy. With goalkeeper of the season Sara Clapham unavailable Jeff Hawkins recruited in a big way in the form of former Adelaide United & Matildas goalkeeper who lined up for her first game for the club. Having already played one game Fitzroy were expected to tire and be swept aside but Fitzroy had no intention of handing up their place in the final as they opened the scoring through captain Juliette Browne. It didn’t last long though when Kariah White pulled back an equaliser for Richmond. Fitzroy stood tall once again and found themselves ahead once again through Elaina Vatcky and it looked as if an upset could be on the cards with Fitzroy holding the lead into half time.
After the break though it seemed Richmond were a different side looking more confident, They drew level through debutante Emily Hulbert and soon after took the lead when second half substitute Rachel Alonso neatly chipped the keeper with a header. There was no way back for Fitzroy after that as Penny Bakopoulos continued her good form with a top corner thumper and an Azize Erenli hat trick put some polish on the result that see’s Richmond progress to the Sunday’s final of the FOz Cup for the first time in their history. As for Fitzroy it ends an eventful first season in the league and they will certainly have a big say in next season’s title race.
Player Of The Game – Azize Erenli (FC Richmond)
Erenli is always the quiet achiever for Richmond showing up week in week out and popping up for goals weekly she played a big part once again tonight killing off the game with a clinical hat trick and she will play a big role in the final of the FOz Cup against Ashburton or Pascoe Vale.
PVFC – S.Richardson, N.Tumblety, C.Drinoczkiy
The last clash on the card saw the second semi final between Pascoe Vale and Ashburton. The winnner would gain the right to take on Richmond in Sundays final. Ashburton had already caused one upset tonight knocking off last season’s winners Melbourne Uni and looked to take another scalp in Pascoe Vale. The green machine had a game plan and stuck to it all night long frustrating Pascoe Vale throughout the first half and keeping them goal less at the break.
The second half was much of the same with Pascoe dominating possession but they just could not break down the disciplined Ashburton. Finally though their resolve was broken when in form Chloe Drinoczkiy blasted in a left footed effort to give Pascoe a much deserved lead. That was the back breaker when Sarah Richardson poked home the sealer a few minutes late to all but assure their place in the final. Nikki Tumblety added a 3rd to round out a deserved Pascoe Vale win which takes them into their first ever FOz Cup Final. As for Ashburton though take nothing away they were brilliant from start to finish and had they taken the points against Ashburton nobody would have been complaining as the green machine played a fantastic tournament and will be raring to go heading into the new season.
Player Of The Game – Chloe Drinoczkiy (Pascoe Vale FC)
Drinoczkiy has been in stellar form of late and it showed again tonight when her team were struggling to find the net she found a way through and was the key reason her side will be taking part in Sunday’s final.