Green Gully SC (1) vs Hume City FC (3):
Round 9 kicked off with Green Gully hosting Hume City at Green Gully Reserve on Friday night.
Hume City got the early lead thorugh Josh Bingham in the third minute where his first header was initially saved by Liam Driscoll but the Green Gully keeper parried back to Bingham where he was able to put it in the back of the net.
Green Gully were able to level the scores fifteen minutes later after an own goal by Lachlan Weir. But once again, Hume City regained the lead not too long after due to Green Gully’s Taylor Schrijvers scoring an own goal.
The away side increased the lead to two in the 62nd minute after Ben Bowler’s interception found an isolated Dylan McGlade where his half-volley effort from outside the box found the back of the net to give Hume the win over Green Gully. However, Bowler did receive a red card five minutes later after their third goal where he will miss their next match against Bentleigh.
Altona Magic SC (5) vs St Albans Saints SC (1):
The second game on Friday night saw Altona beat St Albans by four goals at Paisley Park.
Justin Micallef gave Altona the lead in the 30th minute after Jonas Markovski’s shot was blocked where Micallef was able to react to the block and strike it past Jasmin Keranovic.
Cian Cuba doubled Altona’s lead after his defensive pressure was awarded with a goal where he chipped Keranovic just before the end of the first half.
Tommy Semmy got himself a goal in the 64th minute after he took the ball off from Michael Grgic who fired the ball past Keranovic to make it 3-0.
Substitute Rob Harding scored Altona’s fourth in the 72nd minute where he was able to control the ball and head it into the goal while also colliding into Zac Thomas in the process.
St Albans where able to score in the 79th minute after Zac Bowling tried to dribble his way past Daniel Fabrizio but was unsuccessful and Fabrizio he took the ball of him and scored into an empty net.
Jonas Markovski sealed the game by scoring Altona’s fifth of the night in added time.
Avondale FC (8) vs Heidelberg United FC (2):
Saturday saw four games played with one of them seeing the league leaders Avondale dominate Heidelberg United at Avenger Park.
The first goal of the game was scored by the away side where Sean Ellis scored from a header in the sixth minute.
But it didn’t take long for Avondale to level the scores as Many Aguek scored a tap-in only four minutes after the first goal of the game with the assist coming from Stefan Zinni.
Avondale got the lead in the 22nd minute through Yitayew Towns where Ayden Brice’s intial header found its way to Towns who tapped it in past Hayden Browne.
Avondale were awarded a penalty three minutes after their second goal and Many Aguek was the one to step up and score past Browne to increase the lead to two.
Avondale scored their fourth in the 34th minute which saw Aguek threading a pass towards Yusuf Ahmed who slotted it in the back of the net.
Just before the end of the first half, Avondale were able to get themselves a fifth goal through Kristian Trajceski who scored from a free-kick where Browne did get a hand on the ball but not enough to keep it out.
The goal scoring haul continued for Avondale as Stefan Zinni got himself a goal five minutes into the second half where Aguek was able to win the ball in Heidelberg’s defensive half and found Zinni who scored Avondale’s sixth of the afternoon.
Many Aguek was able to secure his hat trick in the 54th minute where Trajceski won the ball in the middle of pitch and assisted Aguek who placed it into the right bottom corner of the net.
Heidelberg did score a second goal through Deion Nikolaidis in the 80th minute, but Avondale responded with a 90th minute goal from Stefan Zinni which sealed off a dominating win for Avondale.
Moreland City FC (1) vs Melboure Knights FC (4):
The Melbourne Knights win their fifth game of the season against Moreland City at CB Smith Reserve.
The home side scored the first goal of the game and it was Fletcher Fulton who scored a header in the 15th minute of the game with Nick Bavcar coming up with the assist.
Melbourne did find a leveller through Gian Albano in the 31st minute after the ball was bobbling around in the box, Albano was able to get a shot off and strike it past Alex Kondoleon.
Four minutes into the second half, Albano scored his second goal of the game after a squaring ball from Luka Kolic found him in the box and he was able to tap it pass Kondoleon to give the Knights the lead.
Corey Sewell scored the Knights’ third of the game in the 55th minute after his volley from a Ivan Franjic corner hit the back of the net in a crowded penalty box.
Nearing the end of full time, substitute Felipe Sanchez scored Melbourne’s fourth goal of the game in the 87th minute to cap off the Knight’s fifth win of the season.
North Geelong Warriors FC (1) vs Dandenong Thunder FC (2):
The Dandenong Thunder returned to winning ways after beating the North Geelong Warriors at Elcho Park.
Thunder got the breakthrough after eight minutes where Scott Lochhead found Goffry Lino making a run in the box and Lino was able to strike it past Hamish Flavell from a tight angle.
Two minutes later, Leo Mazis doubled Dandenong’s lead due to Flavell’s error in his own box where he miskciked the ball and Mazis was able to score into an open net.
North Geelong did cut Thudner’s lead back to one where Aden Gardner intercepted Ali Turgut’s clearance and his long distance effort hit the back of the net in the 18th minute to give the Warriors some momentum in this game.
Dandenong were able to hold on and get the win, but they will miss goalkeeper Majak Mawith next week against Moreland City after he was awarded a red card in the 89th minute.
South Melbourne FC (1) vs Bentleigh Greens SC (0):
South Melbourne continue their winning ways this NPL season after they defeated the Bentleigh Greens at Lakeside Stadium.
The only goal scored in this game was by Josh Wallen after the ball was bobbling around in the penalty box, Wallen was able to get his foot onto it and hit the back of the net helping give South the win.
Oakleigh Cannons FC (3) vs Port Melbourne Sharks SC (2):
The last game of Round 9 was played on Monday night where the Oakleigh Cannons hosted the Port Melbourne Sharks at Jack Edwards Reserve.
Oakleigh got the early lead after seven minutes through Stefan Valentini after Daniel Clark’s intial header found its way to Valentini who was able to head it in.
The Cannons doubled their lead in the 58th minute after Cameron McGlip’s half volley bounced its way over Andrew Withers and into the back of the net.
Stefan Valentini scored his second and Oakleigh’s third in the 77th minute after Joe Guest was able to find him isolated on the left-wing and Valentini was left one-on-one with Withers who slotted it past him to increase the lead to three.
Port Melbourne were able to mount a comeback through substitute Dor Jok as he scored two goals in the 79th and 89th minute respectively. However, Oakleigh held on and got the win in a heated matchup.
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