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Westfield FFA Cup Round 2 Wrap

By Damir Kulas

The Peninsula Strikers defeated local rivals Skye United 3-0 on a warm Sunday afternoon at Centenary Park to progress to the third round of the Westfield FFA Cup.

Goals from Ibraim Ibraimi, Alex Hopson and an own goal from Skye’s Daniel Attard settled a rather bruising contest which showed no signs of love lost between the two near neighbours.

An action-packed first half saw Strikers left back Ezekiel Yinka-Kehinde launching a storming run out from defence before blasting his shot over the bar from just outside the box.

The hosts should have found the back of the net when Ibraimi’s free-kick into the area was met by the head of Callum Richardson who fired his header wide off target.

Undeterred by the more illustrious opponents, United managed to string together a few chances of their own with Sean Ellicott’s leaping header cleared off the goal line.

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That near miss proved pivotal as the Strikers took the lead when Richardson was fouled in the penalty area prompting Ibraimi to send Skye goalkeeper Jonathan Crook the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick to fire in the opener.

The former South Melbourne midfielder then set up Hopson who was thwarted by a fine save from Crook although there would be no denying the striker a second time when he met Ibraimi’s flick on before slotting the ball past the Skye custodian.

A drinks break half way through the opening half seemed to cool the game down in addition to reducing tensions which had threatened to boil over after the eruption of a melee. The game was wrapped up as a contest minutes into the second half when a cross from the right was diverted into the back of his own net by the unfortunate Attard.

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Attard thought he had made amends later in the half when he followed up teammate Matthew Wilson’s low drive across the box only to be denied by the linesman’s offside flag. Strikers number nine Hopson thought he had a second late on only for his shot to be saved by Crook with the visitors finishing the contest with ten men following a late dismissal for a second yellow card.

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Elsewhere in Round 2 action, Peninsula’s Zagame's  State League Two South East counterparts Doveton recorded a 2-1 victory over State League 5 North side RMIT FC on Saturday afternoon. Daniel Jones gave the visitors a surprise 20th minute lead only for the hosts to seal their progression into the next round thanks to two strikes either side of half time from Stephen Begue.

In Geelong, Bell Park suffered late heartbreak going down to a 94th minute extra-time strike by Geelong’s Marc McCafferty. Steve Laurie’s star-studded outfit featured the likes of Tom Matthews, Ross Harvey, Isyan Erdogan, Brodie Patterson and Dusko Delic but had to sweat it out against their local rivals following Michael Temelkovski’s dismissal for two bookable offences in the 78minute.

Former VPL outfit Fitzroy City defeated the Brimbank Stallions 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from striker Eric Tobon continuing Andrew Vlahos’ good start to life as Manager of the State League Two club.

A 119th minute extra-time winner from Declan McAleese saw the Monbulk Rangers prevail 3-2 over Westvale Olympic in an enthralling encounter at Monbulk Recreation Reserve.

The hosts took an early 2-0 lead thanks to strikes by Kieran Douglas and Samuel Allen only to be momentarily pegged back by strikes from Julian Piromalli and Daniel Wilson.

Endeavour Hills defeated near neighbours Lyndale United 2-0 on home soil thanks to goals from Deni Tintor and Nicolas Moothoo while Williamstown defeat lower league Cleeland United 4-0 via strikes from Aleks Dimitrijevic, Gorgi Niceski, Piotr Rutkowski and substitute Daniel Di Lorenzo.

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A 119th minute extra-time winner from Declan McAleese saw the Monbulk Rangers prevail 3-2 over Westvale Olympic in an enthralling encounter at Monbulk Recreation Reserve.

The hosts took an early 2-0 lead thanks to strikes by Kieran Douglas and Samuel Allen only to be momentarily pegged back by strikes from Julian Piromalli and Daniel Wilson.

Endeavour Hills defeated near neighbours Lyndale United 2-0 on home soil thanks to goals from Deni Tintor and Nicolas Moothoo while Williamstown defeat lower league Cleeland United 4-0 via strikes from Aleks Dimitrijevic, Gorgi Niceski, Piotr Rutkowski and substitute Daniel Di Lorenzo.

Goals from David Gibson, Jordan Horn and Kieron Kennedy helped Beaumaris overcome Spring Hills 3-1 with the visitors grabbing a late consolation Josip Milic.

2015 Zagame's State League Three South-East Champions St Kilda secured an extra-time come from behind 2-1 victory over North Melbourne thanks to Daryl Murphy’s 118th minute winner.

Finally in what was perhaps the game of the round, the Melton Phoenix defeated Sporting Whittlesea 4-3 on penalties after the match had finished all square at 3-3 after 120 minutes. Phoenix striker Jordan Borg proved to be the hero thanks to his hat-trick in addition to a successful penalty.

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