PS4 NPL Round 2 Results & Media Links
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Sami Nour’s deflected strike in the 37th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides on a night where one of the Lions’ favourite sons in Mark Bresciano was in attendance to see the club collect their first points in the Victorian top flight since 2006.
An even opening to the contest saw both sides struggle to create any clear-cut goal scoring opportunities in a fast-paced first fifteen minutes before Cannons winger Goran Zoric tested Grffin McMaster at his near post with the shot-stopper producing a fine save down low.
A slick move from the visitors then saw Zoric slip in Dimitri Hatzimouratis’ whose close range shot was well saved by McMaster who reacted well to prevent an opener.
The Lions scored when Sami Nour’s exquisite turn on Aron Wilford seeing him cut inside into the box before seeing his goal-bound shot deflect off John Black and past a wrong-footed John Honos in Cannons goal.
Some neat play from Bulleen substitutes Shayan Alinejad and Dean Lorenzi saw Nour slipped through on goal by the latter, only for Honos to come to Oakleigh’s rescue with a quick-reaction save.
A spill from McMaster off Zoric free-kick ensued in a frantic goal-mouth scramble where Oakleigh substitute Ross Frame seeing his effort blocked away from goal,
The Welshman had another chance to find an equaliser only for his volley from close-range to go off target as the visitors pushed hard for an equaliser to little avail as Bulleen hanged on for a memorable three points to kick-start their home fixtures for the campaign while the Cannons have now gone 180 minutes without a goal.
- Damir Kulas
Heidelberg United FC 6 (Kanakaris 4' 17' Petrie 8' 45' Noon 12' Athiu 54') Melbourne Knights FC 1 (Colosimo 74') | U20: 1-0
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Green Gully S.C (Boland 45') Pascoe Vale FC 2 (Nakic 64' Santilli 66') | U20: 0-0
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Avondale FC 1 (Cumming 67') Hume City F.C. 2 (Markelis 40' Harris 70') | U20: 0-3
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With both sides having assembled strong outfits for the upcoming season, it was Avondale who took control of the match early, dominating in possession and creating a number of key chances on goal.
New signing Abraham Yango was a constant threat up front for the hosts with his pace and trickery initially causing problems for the experienced Hume central defensive pair of Shane Rexhepi and Ramazan Tavsancioglu.
Former Brisbane Roar midfielder Massimo Murdocca was dominant in midfield, pulling the strings as the likes of Nick Hegarty and Joe Franjic struggled to get themselves into the game.
It was the visiting side who opened the scoring though as Theo Markelis was given far too much space on the edge of the area before releasing a dipping shot which squirmed under the arms of Chris May and into the corner to make it 1-0.
The second half started much like the first ended though as Avondale continued to resign Hume to sitting back and countering and they finally got their equaliser through defender Jamie Cumming, and wasn’t it brilliant.
With a corner whipped in from the right, Cumming struck a volley over his own head and into the top corner from near the penalty spot to equalise for Avondale to the disbelief of the Hume players.
That joy was soon cut out though as former Adelaide Blue Eagles striker Kym Harris made an instant impact off the bench, turning and firing a rocket into the top corner to ensure Hume went home with three points despite being second best for the majority of the night.
- Brandon Galgano
Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club 6 (Lucas 5' 19' 59' 86' pen Archibald 50' Homes 88') Richmond SC 1953 1 (Barker-Daish 57 pen) | U20: 2-6
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Port Melbourne "Sharks" Soccer Club 1 (de Abreu 45+2') Melbourne Victory 0 | U20: 2-3
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PlayStation 4 NPL 2 East
Dandenong City SC 0 Dandenong Thunder SC 4 (Korcari 11' Osmancevic 60' 76' Eterovic og 85') | U20: 3-0
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A spectacular opener from Veton Korcari, a second-half brace from Amir Osmancevic and a late own goal from Mate Eterovic saw the visitors collect their second 4-0 victory in a week to claim the inaugural Jim Memeti Cup.
The game began at a frantic pace with Osmancevic and Eterovic exchanging chances at both ends before a pin-point cross from the left by the former was met perfectly by Korcari who blasted the ball into the net via a powerful volley.
The home side looked for an immediate response but a cleared free-kick set up an exhilarating Thunder counter attack which saw Osmancevic brought down by Andy Jerez just outside the box with the referee giving the left-back his marching orders for the last-man challenge.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Aaron Healey’s men pressed on with Eterovic having a free-kick from long-range tipped over the bar by Fraser Maclaren.
Daniel Bennett squared the ball to the back post for an unmarked Osmancevic to tap home the second.
The striker then had his second when he pounced onto a defensive mistake from Chris Sanita to finish expertly past Salcin before unselfishly teeing up Korcari only for Salcin to make a superb save to deny the Thunder stalwart.
Further chances went begging for the dominant visitors who were taking full advantage of their superior numbers and made it four soon after when Osmancevic’s corner was converted into the back of his own net by the unfortunate Eterovic to seal a comprehensive 4-0 victory.
- Damir Kulas
Eastern Lions SC-The Official Site 1 (Neales 67') Kingston City FC 2 (Koukal 43' Mitrovic 54')
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Kingston City have made it two wins from two thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 away victory over the Eastern Lions on Sunday afternoon.
The home side had the early ascendancy without ever troubling Sermin Sadikovski in Kingston goal and were made to pay for that on the stroke of half-time when Czech import Zdenek Koukal scored his second goal of the season to give City the lead at the break. Velibor Mitrovic then made it two shortly after the resumption of play when his fantastic strike from just outside the area left Robert Havercroft with no chance.
The Lions got one back when Phillip Ajao set-up Cameron Neales to reduce the deficit with just over 20 minutes on the clock remaining. Damian Iaconis had a great chance to seal the win for Nick Tolios’ side but his touch let him down as his teammates resisted late pressure from the Lions to maintain their 100% start to the season.
- Damir Kulas
Murray United FC 2 (Choi 64' Walker 73') Box Hill United 3 (Johns 8' Kariuki 55' Okada 90+1') | U20: 2-1
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It was a case of different year, same result for Box Hill United as they returned from their trip to the state border with all three points after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Murray United.
Lucas Johns returned to the starting 11 and beat the offside trap to lob the ball over the goalkeeper before dashing down to latch onto it and tap it into an unguarded net. United doubled their lead early in the second half when Michael Kariuki scored from a tight angle before Korean import Kyungmin Choi halved the deficit.
Persistence was then to be rewarded as Zac Walker grabbed his second equalising goal in a week, sparkling jubilant celebrations from the hosts. However it was not to be as Greg Kassidas’ side recovered from the setback by scoring an injury time winner via the right-boot of Japanese midfielder Kazuki Okada.
- Damir Kulas
The Goulburn Valley Suns recorded a resounding 7-2 away victory over Nunawading City to make it six points from a possible to six to start the season. Things were looking bright for the home side early on as midfielder Daniel Patterson gave them an early lead.
However what followed was an onslaught from the Suns who were merciless in front of goal. Talismanic centre-forward Craig Carley bagged a brace having previously scored seven in the same fixture last season while further strike to Jamie England, Hakeem Aloraibi, Anthony Gillaird and ex-Nunawading winger Anthony Giannopoulos were followed up by a debut goal from Abdullah Wahidi.
David Antequera’s second-half goal proved to be of little consolation as City prepare to visit Brunswick City on the weekend while Goulburn return home to welcome the visit of Dandenong City.
- Damir Kulas
A late penalty from Dimitri Vithoulkas salvaged a point for Brunswick City in an action-packed 2-2 draw away to the Springvale White Eagles. The hosts opened the scoring inside three minutes as a well-timed header from Damir Stoilovic gave them the early lead with the teenager scoring his second headed goal of the season.
Jose Portillo equalised for the visitors before debutant John Pykett restored Springvale’s advantaged with an expert finish into the back of the net. Portillo was given his marching orders in the second half when receiving a second caution before White Eagles goalkeeper Lajos Hun experienced the same fate following a foul in the penalty area late in the contest.
Vithoulkas stepped up and restored parity before the visitors hit the woodwork in stoppage time with both sides picking up their first point of the season but nonetheless searching for their first victories under new managers.
- Damir Kulas
PlayStation 4 NPL 2 West
Whittlesea Ranges Football Club 1 (Sekulovski 88') Melbourne City FC 1 (Cristaldo 8') | U20: 0-7
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With both sides scoring three and four goals respectively in Round 1, the contest promised to be an entertaining one with both Ranges and City fielding close to full strength sides.
Both sides started off well, moving the ball quickly going forward and creating chances at will, it was City who got the go ahead goal though through some good work down the left with the ball eventually being fed into the area towards the energetic Stefan Zinni who was brought down in the area resulting in a spot kick for the visitors.
Former Melbourne Victory and Hume City man Christopher Cristaldo stepped up but was denied initially by the legs of Luke Gallo before calmly controlling and slotting home the rebound to make it 1-0 Melbourne City.
That sparked Ranges into life as they begun to dominate in possession, pressing City’s inexperienced backline with Attila Ofli causing serious problems with his pace in behind.
That dominance didn’t convert into chances on goal though with City keeper Yaren Sozer relatively untested in the opening half.
Ranges came out firing early in the second and came close to equalising on a number of occasions before a moment of madness from centre half Tobias Haegele resulted in a straight red card for the Ranges centre back after lashing out at Zinni.
It was Zinni who then could’ve had the last laugh with two golden chances to seal the match but both times was foiled by Gallo who stood tall to keep his side in the game.
And despite being down to ten men it was Ranges who scored a late equaliser through veteran Naum Sekulovski who smashed home following a scramble in the box to give Ranges a vital point with the match finishing at 1-1.
- Brandon Galgano
Ballarat Red Devils 3 (Trigger 33' Karras 45' King 90+1') Moreland City Football Club 2 (Ukuno 64' 80')
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The hosts opened the scoring in the first half through a Michael Trigger free kick before Pat Karras smashed home a 30 yard screamer to double their advantage.
Moreland came out firing early in the second half though and following a number of chances to equalise it was Apai Ukuno who finally found a way through with a back post tap in to make it 2-1.
They then levelled the game with just 11 minutes to play as Ukuno popped up to slide home following a goalmouth scramble to make it 2-2 with Moreland looking likely to win the game.
Those hopes were dashed in stoppage time though as David King found himself unmarked inside the six yard box from a corner to head home a dramatic winner.
- Brandon Galgano
North Geelong Warriors FC 2 (Thorne 61' Anderson 84') Werribee City FC 0
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Moreland Zebras FC 0 St Albans Saints SC 1 (McGuffie 87' pen)
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