The Bentleigh Greens temporarily jumped to outright top spot on the ladder after opening the round with a dominant 3-0 victory against Melbourne Victory.
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Bentleigh Greens 3 (Webster 42' Lucas 45' Paczkowski 90+3') 0 Melbourne Victory
The Greens hit the post three times inside the opening twenty minutes as Troy Ruthven was denied twice by the woodwork before Jack Webster saw his effort strike the woodwork.
There was to be no denying Webster a second time around as his headed past Lucas Spinella in the 42nd minute after a pin-point cross from Luke Pilkington.
Chris Lucas scored on the stroke of half-time to take his season tally to up to five goals following a through ball from strike-partner Matt Thurtell.
Substitute Ryan Paczkowski rounded of the scoring with the final kick of the night as the 2015 Champions look forward to a mouth-watering Grand Final rematch against South Melbourne next week.
Avondale 1 (Towns 36') 1 Oakleigh Cannons 1 (Hatzimouratis 27')
Avondale’s winless start to the season continued despite an improved showing in a 1-1 draw against the Oakleigh Cannons at Knights Stadium on Friday night.
The visitors opened the scoring just before the half hour when Dimitri Hatzimouratis marked his return to Sunshine with his third goal of the season.
Anthony Barbieri’s found themselves level soon after through a fantastic strike from the boot of Tasmanian midfielder of Yitay Towns which bounced in off the crossbar.
The Avengers were then presented the perfect opportunity to take the lead in the 72nd minute only for Alex Khrapko’s penalty to be saved by the in-form John Honos.
The Ukrainian-born striker was once more in the thick of it as he was brought down when running goal wards by Abdalla Okud who was subsequently sent off but despite the numerical advantage, the Cannons held on for a point to remain unbeaten in their last four.
Pascoe Vale 0-1 Bulleen Lions (Nour 62')
The Bulleen Lions condemned Pascoe Vale to their fourth successive game without a win after a hard-fought 1-0 victory at CB Smith Reserve on Friday evening.
A cagey opening half saw both sides struggle to create many clear-cut goalscoring opportunities in front of an expectant home crowd.
The game was brought alight just past the hour mark when Sami Nour claimed his third goal of the season to put the visitors ahead.
Pascoe Vale captain Joseph Youssef hit the woodwork before an alert Griffin McMaster denied teenager Matthew Conversano and Youssef in quick succession.
But it wasn’t to be as Dominic Barba’s men came away from the clash with their second win of the season but face a nervous wait on the status of their goalscorer who was taken to hospital with a suspected ankle injury.
Richmond 1 (Barker-Daish 7') 1 Melbourne Knights (Purcell 21')
A Richmond old boy came back to haunt his former employers as the Melbourne Knights came away from their clash at Kevin Bartlett Reserve on Friday night with a 1-1 draw.
The in-form Jake Barker-Daish opened the scorer with a superb goal in the seventh minute to continue his rich vein of goalscoring form by claiming his fourth goal of the season.
However the lead didn’t last long as former Richmond midfielder scored his first goal in Knights colours half way through the opening 45 and against the club where he spent four and a half seasons at.
Gian Tapia was forced into making a sharp save to deny Jason Hicks a second successive strike before the hosts piled on plenty of late pressure at Knights goal only for the resolute guests to hold firm in a result which sees Richmond entrenched in twelfth place on the competition standings.
Northcote City 1 (Bounas pen 56') Heidelberg United 6 (Pace 8' Ellis 11' Way pen 67' pen 86', 90+1' Kanakaris 90+4')
A dominant final half hour from Heidelberg United saw them dismantle near neighbours Northcote City 6-1 at John Cain Memorial Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
The Bergers took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a goals from Steven Pace and Sean Ellis – the latter being a sensational free-kick which bounded in off the underside of the crossbar.
Northcote reduced the deficit eleven minutes into the second half through a Jonathan Bounas penalty before young striker Aron Handakas was sent off for the second time in his senior career.
Reuben Way restored Heidelberg’s two goal advantage soon after via the penalty spot before converting another penalty late after Peter Gavalas had been adjudged to have brought down Andrew Cartanos – earning himself a red card in the process.
Way completed his hat-trick in stoppage time to move clear on top of the league goalscoring charts with six goals for the season as Kostas Kanakaris completed the scoring.
Green Gully 0 Port Melbourne Sharks 2 (Goodwin 45' 63')
Port Melbourne's climb up the table is no longer under the radar after a statement win away at Green Gully Reserve.
The home team had half chances sprayed high and wide through the first 45 beofre Port Melbourne struck on the stroke of half time through Alec Goodwin.
Jamie de Abreu's run down the right and square to the top of the box found the unchecked run of Goodwin, who netted in the bottom left corner after having the time to steady and pick his spot.
Goodwin made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute when he followed in a Rani Dowisha parry and hit a well-timed volley into the top left corner.
Hume City 1 (Franjic 77') South Melbourne 2 (Millar 40' 62')
A hotly disputed red card was the turning point as Ramazan Tavsancioglu's dismissal in the 38th minute was followed by the opening goal from the resulting free kick.
Matt Millar's looping header caught Chris Oldfield out, the Hume 'keeper lost his crossbar and goal line as he back-tracked, missing the ball as it fell in.
Millar then knocked in a second in the 62nd minute before Joe Franjic pegged a goal back for Hume by heading in Nick Hegarty's cross.
South's defence held firm though, the 2-1 win keeping South top of the league from Bentleigh Greens on goals scored.
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