PS4 NPL Victoria Review: Round 5

Melbourne Knights won again to go top as the other two undefeated sides South Melbourne and Bentleigh Greens played out a 2-2 draw in Round 5 of PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria.

Bentleigh Greens 2

South Melbourne 2

A second half fightback from South Melbourne saw it come back from two goals down at the break to draw 2-2 against Bentleigh Greens at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Friday night.

First half strikes to Matt Thurtell and Chris Lucas had the Greens 2-0 up at halftime, only for a Milos Lujic penalty early in the second half, and a late Nick Epifano strike to salvage a point for the defending champions.

Coming into the contest, both sides occupied the top two spots on the ladder and were looking to continue their undefeated starts to the campaign.

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Pascoe Vale 1

Oakleigh Cannons 0

Pascoe Vale Soccer Club has seen off Oakleigh Cannons 1-0 under lights on Friday night at CB Smith Reserve.

The lone goal came from former Dandenong Thunder striker Jake Nakic in the 28th minute to reward Pascoe Vale’s first half dominance.

Nakic was involved early with the first opportunity of the game for the home side.

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Melbourne Knights 2

Dandenong Thunder 1

Tomislav Uskok's injury time goal has propelled Melbourne Knights to the top of the NPL standings, defeating Dandenong Thunder 1-0.

The goal came after an uninspiring 90 minutes, as the game was largely bogged down in midfield until the final 15 minutes.

The hosts adopted its pressing strategy from the very first exchanges, as did Thunder, resulting in an array of rushed passes.

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Avondale 0

Heidelberg United 1

Avondale FC remains winless in the Playstation 4 NPL Victoria in 2015, going down 1-0 to Heidelberg United at Avondale Heights Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

Kenny Athiu’s 57th minute goal was enough to secure the visitors the three points.

Heidelberg started the match the better of the two teams, dominating possession and creating plenty of chances.

The home team took longer to settle into the rhythm of the game and were forced to defend numerous Heidelberg attacks.

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Northcote City 2

Port Melbourne 1

Northcote has sealed back-to-back wins, after grinding out a 2-1 result against Port Melbourne in a hard fought contest at John Cain Memorial Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

After going behind early from a strike by Port Melbourne’s Andrew Milicevic, Northcote showed true resilience by scoring two goals in the space of two minutes, ultimately proving pivotal.

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Hume City 4

North Geelong Warriors 3

Hume City has run out winners over North Geelong Warriors with the last kick of the game in a seven goal thriller at ABD Stadium on Saturday night.

Petar Franjic’s 95th minute effort from a mad goalmouth scramble sent the home crowd into a wild frenzy, after North captain Matt Townley had seemingly earnt his newly promoted team a deserved draw, equalising via a penalty just 60 seconds earlier.

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Green Gully 1

Werribee City 1

Green Gully and Werribee City have had to settle for a point each after a 1-1 draw at Green Gully Reserve on Monday night.

Rinor Muriqi opened the scoring at the 14th minute to fire Gully into the lead, but Chris Cristaldo earned Werribee its point just after half time.

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