WESTERN WOLVES FC 3–5 MORELAND FC
WOL- A. Lima 2 & M. Novak
MOR- A. Ibrahim 3, J. Filho & C. Russo
Our first SFV clash of the night saw a fresh faced Western Wolves side face a Moreland side who were seeing returns of their own as Cosimo Russo, Atay Ibrahim, Ryan Timmins and coach Deren Saban.
It was a highly competitive half and it played out very evenly but it was Western Wolves who stole the show as they finished the half with the lead. We kicked off with an early Alisson Lima goal after a wonderful 1-2 saw him put away a composed finish in front of goal, Moreland kicked into another gear after conceding but it was Khaled Atik who put on a great showing to close the half with a cleansheet. Mauricio Novak would then double the lead with a low driven free kick, causing his Wolves side to celebrate emphatically.
Our second half kicked off with Moreland on the front foot as Atay Ibrahim fired a fantastic strike into the top corner, and it was Ibrahim again who went on a phenomenal solo run with a composed finish at the end to make it level. It was none other than Alisson Lima who again struck from close range to keep Moreland from equalising. It was another Ibrahim finish into an open net that saw Moreland make it equal and it was Jose Filho who took the lead empathically. A Cosimo Russo power-strike under the crossbar meant that Moreland were running with the win as drama ensued between the two teams. Insults were thrown and fouls were made with both sides trying to get under eachothers skin but it was ultimately Moreland who won the mental games as they finished the game as 5-3 victors.
Man of the Match: Atay Ibrahim (Moreland FC)
PASCOE VALE FC 5–8 FC CARLTON HEART
PVA- J. Besenyi 2, F. Albuquerque 2 & L. Kimpara
CAR- H. Robotis 2, S. Gustus 2, T. Natoli, D. Govic, M. Matar, L. Ramadan, A. Ahmed & M. Abdallah
Our second clash of the night pitted two powerhouses against eachother in Pascoe Vale and Carlton Heart. It was the repeat of the 2019/20 clubs cup final and the sides had all eyes on them as this one was as unpredictable as ever.
Our match kicked off with Pascoe Vale firing first through Fabio Albuquerque, but the lions had no idea what was coming as they quickly conceded to a Stephen Gustus goal. It was then Thomas Natoli who went on a fantastic run to assist new signing Lokmen Ramadan in the middle, which eventually lead to Moe Matar firing to make it 3-1 after he stole the ball off of the opposition. Another goal came through Dylan Govic as he fired into the bottom corner on an angle, allowing Carlton to finish the half 5-1 up.
We believed the first half was a goal-fest but we were unaware of what the second half would entail as the goals poured in for both sides. It began as the Harry Robotis show as he fired two goals to make his brace, and it was Gustus who also collected his second of the game to make it 8-1 shockingly. Jake Besenyi would then close the deficit for the Lions but man of the match Thomas Natoli made his mark once again with another fantastic goal. Albuquerque would score two to make his hattrick whilst Besenyi got one to make his brace, and Leo Kimpara got his first but the goals were ultimately irrelevant as Heart goalkeeper Mazen Abdallah struck a goal to finish the match at a staggering 5-10 to Carlton.
Man of the Match: Thomas Natoli (FC Carlton Heart)