2017 State League Championship – Round 8

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Mickleham Futsal Club (3rd) 6-1 (8th) Mcleod Futsal Club

MICK – M.Petrovic 2, H.Razbocan, T.Stalevski, N.Long, E.Shirhejad (OG)
MCL – K.Fayazi

With 1 point separating the top 3 only a win was acceptable for Mickleham as they took on the struggling Mcleod. The game took quite a while to find its feet with both teams playing below standard for the first 15 minutes. After numerous fouls but no goals Mickleham finally struck the lead through Hayden Razbocan at the end of the first half.

The second half saw Mickleham take the game with two hands as they began piling on the goals. Goals from Tony Stalevski, Mario Petrovic and Nathan Long quickly blew the lead out to 5-0. McLeod would ruin first gamer Bartolo’s clean sheet when Fayazi hit the back of the net but Mickleham made sure they finished with a bang as Mario Petrovic capped off his MOTM performance as he buried a penalty to seal the scores at 6-1.

Man of the Match – Mario Petrovic (Mickleham FC)

Ashburton Futsal Club (4th) 2-2 (6th) Brimbank Futsal Club

ASH – R.Bahmani 2
BRIM – S.Haidari, A.Ali

In Round 1 Ashburton took a insanely tight 5-4 win home over Brimbank and now for the second instalment of the always entertaining Persian derby the game was even closer. Sporting multiple ex-Ashburton players Brimbank was keen for revenge after the tight loss but looked down the barrel early on as Ashburton’s star man Rasoul ‘R17’ Bahmani put home two consecutive goals to grab the lead. Brimbank hit back through one of their ex-Ashburton players Shams Haidari to cut the deficit to 1 goal by the break.

Brimbank was in control of the game by the second half and the pressure paid off as Asghar Ali equalised to tie the game up at 2-2. From here on Brimbank had majority possession while Ashburton sat deep defending and looking to pinch a winner on the counter. Brimbank thought they had won the game when Zia Husseini’s left footed strike came off the underside of the crossbar but it was ruled to have bounced on the line without crossing. It was a gripping nail biting finish to the game but neither team could take the win.

Man of the Match – Shams Haidari (Brimbank FC)

Moreland Futsal Club (1st) 5-1 (5th) Collingwood Futsal Club

MOR – M.Vragovski 2, A.Cooper 2, M.Barrigos
COL – T.Sadler

This game was a long time in the waiting as Moreland were hungry to get one back on Collingwood following their round 1 shock thumping. In a cagey first half both teams committed multiple fouls but could not find the back of the net. Only Matthew Vragovski was able to find the back of the net in the first half but the 1-0 lead to Moreland at the half meant almost nothing with the match left to be won in the second half.

Despite only being down a goal Collingwood were looking the second best team and Moreland punished them as Adam Cooper scored two in a row as he crabbed the Collingwood team apart. Tremayne Sadler hit back soon after as he found a rare patch of space within shooting range but his goal was cancelled out soon after by Miguel Barrigos. The game was all over once Adam Cooper hit a free kick perfectly to Vragovski at the back post as he grabbed his brace to send Moreland home with a big win to stay on top of the ladder.

Man of the Match – Adam Cooper (Moreland FC)

Monash Futsal Club (7th) 2-14 (2nd) Hampton Futsal Club

MON – D.Langdale, M.Taha
HAM – O.Hummenyj-Jameson 5, D.Grecea 2, A.Vo 2, N.Dean, R.Langerak, A.Sahiti, M.Lettini, G.Vrionis

With both Moreland and Mickleham winning Hampton needed a win to keep touch with the top 3 and came out guns blazing against Monash. In one of the most dominant halves of Futsal in the league this season Hampton piled on a ridiculous seven goals to nil. Their top scorer Hummeyj-Jameson had a hat trick by the half whilst Daniel Grecea had himself a brace as well as Ruben Langerak and goalkeeper Nick Dean chipping in.

Monash knew they needed to make some desperate changes to turn this around so they threw Ahmed Hakim in goals to try play with a fly goalkeeper. This strategy did not help however as Hampton were able to pile on more goals with Hummeyj-Jameson taking his tally up to 5. Monash did manage to score with the fly keeper as Langdale and Taha found the back of the net before Hampton took over once more. Both Anthony Vo and Gera Vrionis scored their first goals for the club and with Michael Lettini and Adnan Sahiti scoring every player for Hampton bar one had a goal to their name in an absolute pummelling over a hapless Monash.

Man of the Match – Orien Hummeyj-Jameson (Hampton FC)

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