PS4 NPL Victoria Round 7 Review

The Grand Final re-match took some time to get started but grew to a dramatic climax at Lakeside Stadium.

Pascoe Vale 2 (Conversano 11’, Nakic 30’) Richmond SC 2 (Flynn 41’, Roorda 45’)

Pascoe Vale's search for a win continues after Richmond fought back from a two-goal deficit to snatch a 2-2 draw at CB Smith Reserve.

Matt Conversano scored before assisting Jake Nakic for the hosts' early goals, before Liam Flynn and Geert Arend Roorda salvaged the draw on the stroke of half time.

It was Bryan bran with the early chance for Richmond as the centre-back got forward for a Flynn cross but headed over.

Conversano made no mistake at the other end, ghosting in to put away Yusei Kitade’s effort on the counter which was initially parried by keeper Gian Tapia.

The sides then exchanged a couple of opportunities, with Conversano again getting in behind and teeing up Nakic who missed wide, before a ball won in Richmond’s defence was released the Nick Kokolakis, whose effort stung the palms of keeper Erik Pryce.

The second goal came in more controversial circumstances when Conversano’s through ball looked to be initially aimed for an offside Kitade, before Nakic ran through and put the ball away.

While the hosts seemed to be cruising, two mistakes at the back allowed Richmond to wrestle their way back into the contest.

The first one came when keeper Pryce spilled a deflected Kokolakis effort, allowing Flynn to pounce and tap home.

The second, on the stroke of half time, saw a Jake Barker-Daish low corner bobble around in the box, landing at Roorda at the back post for a simple tap in.

The second half was much more subdued scoring-wise, though keeper Tapia was certainly the busier of the keepers, denying the likes of Kitade and Nakic to frustrate the hosts and preserve his side's away point.

 

Melbourne Knights 1 (Andrijasevic 23’) Hume City 0

Melbourne Knights inflicted Hume City’s second consecutive defeat with a narrow home win on Friday.

The hosts’ early chances were mainly thwarted by Chris Oldfield. The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute when a quick clearance from Ben Surey released Jason Hicks in the middle of the park, finding Brekalo on the overlap, who played in a diagonal ball for Stipo Andrijasevic to do the rest.

While Hume threatened thereafter – highlighted by a corner count of 19, the Knights’ defence held on for an invaluable three points.

 

Green Gully SC 2 (Krousoratis 61’, Jones pen 74’) FC Bulleen Lions 0

A Green Gully without talismanic striker Liam Boland still did the job against Bulleen Lions on Saturday.

After a scoreless first half, Gully got going in the 61st minute when Luke Walker won a header from a goal-kick and found Christodoulou, who played in Krousoratis, with the forward waltzing towards goal and beating Griffin McMaster between the sticks.

Krousoratis then won a penalty after being brought down in the box, with captain Daniel Jones stepping up and sealing the three points from the spot.

 

Northcote City 0 Avondale FC 1 (Sanders 89’)

In a clash between the bottom two sides, it was Avondale who triumphed late, leaving the besieged hosts firmly planted on the floor of the NPL ladder.

With the contest heading towards a scoreless stalemate, the ball found itself pinballing around the box, and it was none other than Matt Sanders with the poacher’s effort to seal the three points and wheel away in jubilation.

 

Melbourne Victory 0 Oakleigh Cannons 1 (Bosnjak 71’)

A Victory side without a number of players due to A-League duty, and the injured Joey Katebian, were powerless to resist as Oakleigh continued their good form with a narrow win.

Dusan Bosnjak’s 71st minute strike was enough to separate the sides, with the Cannons’ defence handling all of what came its way throughout the 90.

 

South Melbourne 2 (Konstantinidis 45+2' Theodore 60') Bentleigh Greens 1 (Wallace 20')

Wayne Wallace lost the South Melbourne defence to lash in at close range on 20 minutes after a header across goal from Chris Lucas.

South absorbed Bentleigh's pressure and hit back in first half stoppage time when Kristian Konstantinidis read the ball best to head in a free kick from the left.

Bentleigh was reduced to 10 men on 53 minutes when Dion Kirk was sent off for a second bookable offence.

South capitalised soon after with Milos Lujic heading into the path of Mathew Theodore, who after his initial shot was blocked was first to the rebound to blast through a pack of Bentleigh bodies on the line.

Bentleigh continued to attack in spite of being down a man, and earned a penalty through Kamal Ibrahim in the 79th minute. Chris Lucas' penalty lacked power however, saved by South goalkeeper Nikola Roganovic.

As the game ticked into stoppage time Tyson Holmes was fouled, and another penalty kick paid. But again Roganovic would foil the Greens, this time saving from Troy Ruthven to preserve South Melbourne's 2-1 lead.

 

Heidelberg United 4 Port Melbourne Sharks 1

Having postponed kick-off for 25 hours to cooperate with Victoria police investigating a nearby crime scene, Heidelberg United didn't miss a beat against Port Melbourne.

Kenny Athiu had the home team in front after 12 minutes and doubled the advantage shortly after the half hour.

David Stirton pegged one goal back for Port Melbourne, but Sean Ellis' goal just after the hour restored a two-goal buffer, before Athiu secured the points by completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 78th minute.

 

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