2017 State League One – Round 8

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RMIT Football Club (7th) 2-5 (5th) FC Footscray (Futsal Club)

RMIT – V.Marino 2
FOOT – Meh.Chowdhury 2, V.Moretti, Min.Chowdhury, Z.Ilahee

With both teams going down to higher ranked teams last week todays game was a great opportunity to pick up points with Footscray coming in the favourite. Footscrays favouritism was converted into a lead when Vittorio Moretti and Mehraz Chowdhury gave them a 2-0 buffer at the break.

The second half saw Footscray continue their dominating streak as their 2 goal lead turned into 4 with Minhaz Chowdhury and Zahin Ilahee getting their names on the scoresheet to make it 4 different scorers. In the final 10 minutes RMIT began to hit back with Victor Marino scoring a close range header before he finished off his brace minutes later. It was a little too late however and as the clock ran out Footscray added a final goal with Mehraz Chowdhury scoring with the last kick of the game to finish the scores at 5-2.

Man of the Match – Minhaz Chowdhury (FC Footscray)

CF South Melbourne (8th) 3-7 (1st) Doncaster Futsal Club

SM – P.Iliopoulos, S.Mander, S.Hosseini
DON – J.Koh 3, A.Lee 2, M.Alkhridah, R.Fuuji

It was top vs bottom in the table in the second game with Doncaster looking to extend their lead at the top. Doncaster started the team on top as the prolific scorers Justin Koh and Alex Lee were at it again both scoring in the first period to put Doncaster up 2-0 at the break.

Doncaster extended their lead to 3-0 via another Koh goal before South Melbourne turned the game around. Scoring 3 goals in a row South Melbourne in a matter of minutes drew the game level to stun Doncaster. Despite being in 8th place South Melbourne was back in the game again which seems to be a reoccuring phenomena but with them being in the game seems to come their inevitable late decline in games which happened once again. Doncaster’s saviour once again Justin Koh was back with a hat trick to grab the lead back before a series of goals to Alkhridah, Lee and Fuuji helped Doncaster run away with the game blowing out the score.

Man of the Match – Justin Koh (Doncaster FC)

Mt. Evelyn Futsal Club (2nd) 3-3 (6th) FC Melbourne Athletic

MTE – J.Vasilevski 2, S.Ung
MA – J.Ivory, C.Fabris, A.Kozul

After a hot start to the season Mt Evelyn has had a few shaky weeks and looked to regroup against a reinvigorated Melbourne side. In a tight first half which set the standard for the game neither team could be split as the game was played with a lot of congestion in the middle with lots of strong bodies looking for a chance to break through. Goals to Jay Vasilevski and Jake Ivory had the score split at 1-1 at the half, a fair reflection of the game.

The second half saw Melbourne take the lead as Ante Kozul and Melbourne’s new impressive big target man Caio Fabris scored to take them out to a 3-1 lead. With only 5 minutes remaining Mt Evelyn hit back through a Sokhoeun Ung goal before in the final minute Jay Vasilevski rounded Adrian Alonso and smacked the ball in off the inside of the back post to tie the game in nail biting 3-3 draw.

Man of the Match – Caio Fabris (FC Melbourne)

Melbourne University Futsal Club (3rd) 4-5 (4th) Preston Futsal Club

MU – S.Lally 3, W.Nack
PRE – N.Jamieson 3, N.Atzarakis, C.Tickner

The night was ending with a huge clash between two teams with a long history against each other. It was Melbourne Uni who had the edge after winning the first clash of the season but Preston hit back with clear intent as they took the lead in the first half thanks to an early Jamieson brace with Nathan Atzarakis chipping in also. William Nack got a goal back for Uni before the half as Preston went in up 3-1.

Nikolas Jamieson was on song once again as he claimed yet another hat trick to take Preston’s lead to 4-1 before Melbourne Uni began their charge. Sean Lally started to combine well as space opened up on the field and began scoring goal after goal playing many one two passes to open up the Preston defence. Carl Tickner got an important goal to keep Preston in the lead before they gave away a 6th foul giving Uni the chance to level. Jester stepped up hit it bottom corner but John Kikianis stuck out a left leg to save the shot and keep Preston ahead. Melbourne Uni peppered the goals in the final minutes but Preston held on for the win to take 3rd spot.

Man of the Match – Nikolas Jamieson (Preston FC)

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