Congratulations to Metropolitan Futsal Club on winning the 2017-18 State League Championship and gaining automatic promotion to Series Futsal Victoria for the 2018 season.
Metropolitan will be in top flight action in the next couple of weeks as they have also claimed the 6th spot in the FOz Cup.
The City Slickers were relegated in the 2017 season after fourteen seasons in the top flight.
Brothers Alija and Dino Redzepovic were determined to return to the top league and have now achieved this with an impressive victory over the big name Melbourne Futsal Club to secure automatic promotion.
State League Championship – Round 20 Result:
Melbourne Futsal Club 2-6 Metropolitan Futsal Club
MELB – J.Papas & D.Redzepovic OG
MET – D.Redzepovic 2, A.Redzepovic, K.Ayache, T.Grgic & A.Zahra
Next up we saw a mouthwatering prospect as Melbourne faced off against Metropolitan for the title. With promotion on the line a huge crowd had rolled in to the Thomastown stadium. Metropolitan didn’t waste any time as they struck in the opening minute through a Dino Redzepovic free kick, before a sweeping counter attack saw Dino tap home his second to put Melbourne on the back foot and show that Metropolitan’s captain was here to play. Melbourne pulled one back through a Jesse Papas strike, before Dino turned the ball into his own net for an own goal to have the game level. In the final fifteen seconds of the half Metropolitan were ahead again as Alija Redzepovic put the ball away to have Metro leading 3-2 at the half time break.
With Melbourne fighting to get back into the contest, a stunning strike from Khaled Ayache of the crossbar and in opened up a two goal cushion. Ayache then turned form hero to villain as he was sent off leaving Metro down to four for two minutes. They weathered that storm and then added to their lead when Tomislav Grgic tapped home to all but seal the result. Late on Adrian Zahra broke through and finished to seal the deal as Metropolitan rise again to Series Futsal Victoria, winning the league with one game to spare.
Man of the match – Dino Redzepovic (Metropolitan FC)