By Jullian Sardana (@JullianSardana)
Bentleigh Greens SC 0-3 Dandenong Thunder FC:
Bentleigh are still yet to find a win this season after their loss against Dandenong Thunder at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Friday night.
The first goal of the game came from Thunder skipper Harry Ascroft in the 13th minute who has able to hit it on the half-volley and sneak it over the line after his shot hit the crossbar.
Dandenong’s lead increased in the 34th minute after a well timed through ball from Scott Lochead found Goffry Lino, where his finish went between Ben McCauley’s legs to score the Thunder’s second.
Substitute Josh Karantz was able to seal the win after some nice interplay with goalscorer Lino led to another one-on-one chance, where Karantz lobbed it over McCauley for Dandenong’s third.
South Melbourne FC 0-2 Heidelberg United FC:
Friday night also saw Heidelberg United end South Melbourne’s four game win streak after their big derby win at Lakeside Stadium.
The Warriors’ first goal came after seven minutes; Kenny Athiu headed on a long free-kick to Kaine Sheppard, whose his shot was able to squeeze into back of the net via a deflection.
In the 78th minute, Ajdin Fetahagic’s clearance skipped over the South Melbourne defence, and substitue Sean Ellis was able to chase the ball down and score Heidelberg’s second to seal their massive win.
Avondale FC 7-0 Moreland City FC:
Avondale remain unbeaten this season after winning big against Moreland City at Avenger Park on Saturday morning.
Avondale scored first in the 12th minute after Zander Guy’s shot was parried out by Moreland keeper Alex Kondoleon into the path of Liam Boland, who was able to react and tap it in.
Just over 15 minutes later, Avondale’s lead increased to two through Joseph Katebian, who was able to get onto the end of a Steffan Zinni cross.
Zander Guy was able to get on the score sheet and increase Avondale’s lead to three after cutting onto his favoured left foot and finished past Kondoleon.
Avondale’s scoring spree continued as their lead went up to four in just the 38th minute. Kristian Trajceski’s long ball was able to find Boland, who found Zinni alone who was able slot it past Kondoleon.
Avondale ended the first half with five goals after Boland scored a penalty in the 40th minute.
The second half saw lots of the same from Avondale who continued to dominate. They scored a sixth goal in the 52nd minute through Dillon Jakupi, with Zinni once again being involved in the buildup.
Unfortunately for Jakupi, he saw straight red in the 77nd minute after a lunging tackle on Nick Bavcar and will miss their next game against Green Gully.
Despite this minor setback, Avondale were still able to score in the last moments of the game as Zinni scored his second and their seventh as his shot went in via the post.
North Geelong Warriors FC 0-4 Hume City FC:
The second game from Saturday saw Hume City finally secure their first win of the season away from home against the North Geelong Warriors at Elcho Park.
It only took two minutes for the travelling side to score the first goal. Hamish Flavell failed to clear the ball properly and Hume City’s Brandon Lauton intercepted it and had a shot from distance which that flew into the bottom corner.
In the 16th minute, Zach Maltby received the ball on the left wing, took on two North Geelong defenders, and was able to get a shot off where it was ricocheted into the back of the net to double Hume’s lead.
As the first half was coming to a close, Josh Bingham’s shot hit the post, but the rebound fell in the path of Lauton for Hume to score their third and his second of the match.
Hume continued to pile on the pressure, and in the 74th minute, Jawad Rezai’s shot was parried out by Flavell, but it fell kindly for Kaan Elibol, who scored Hume’s fourth of the game and seal their first win of the season.
Port Melbourne Sharks SC 2 vs Melbourne Knights FC 3:
Melbourne Knights left it late on Saturday afternoon against the Port Melbourne Sharks to secure their second win of the season.
Melbourne were first on the board after 24 minutes, as Mitch Hore scored from distance whilst being surrounded by multiple defenders.
It only took seven minutes to double their lead, as Port Melbourne’s Caio De Godoy put the ball into his own net after an attempted clearance.
Despite the two goal deficit, Port Melbourne made a comeback, starting in the 67th minute as Luca Tevere scored from a half-volley to halve the deficit as the Knights failed to clear the ball properly.
In the 76th minute, Port Melbourne were awarded a penalty and Chris Duggan sent Knights’ keeper Chris Oldfield the wrong way to level the scores.
The Melbourne Knights ultimately scored the winner through a Mohamed Sumaoro goal in the 87th minute where he slotted the ball past Andrew Winther in a one-on-one situation.
Altona Magic SC 1-2 Green Gully:
Green Gully are now on a three game win streak after beating the Altona Magic at Paisley Park on Saturday evening.
Green Gully took the lead after 14 minutes, as inform forward Pierce Waring was able to react quickest to the Altona keeper parrying a Nahuel Bonda shot.
Halfway through the second half, Altona levelled the scores after Green Gully failed to play out from the back, with Jonas Markovksi taking full advantage to score.
In the 82nd minute, Nahuel Bonada won the game for Green Gully after some individual brilliance saw him skipping past Zac Bowling creating a goal scoring opportunity out of almsot nothing.
St Albans Saints SC 1-1 Oakleigh Cannons:
Sunday’s only game saw Oakleigh drop points away from home against the St Albans Saints at Churchill Reserve.
St Albans didn’t have the best start to the game as Michael Grgic was given a straight red card after his tackle on Anthony Pantazopoulos in the 31st minute.
It was not until after the half-time break the first goal was scored, and it was a header from Stefan Valentini which gave Oakleigh the lead after a cross from substitute Emlyn Wellsmore.
Chris Dib equalised for St Albans, when he latched ontp a Shaun Timmins cross and headed it past Oakleigh keeper Lewis Italiano.
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