Preston appear from the Gods to knock off Stars
This game was expected to be a case of David vs Goliath - and much to the shock of SL1 it actually lived up to the billing.
Preston who is struggling in last place kicked off the game gaining the advantage of a strong wind. The wind would prove to be the difference as two wonderful 25 metre strikes from 2007 VPL Player of the Year Tony Sterjovski put Preston 2-0 up at half time.
Stars Manager Dean Hennessey was disgusted with his team’s performance and according to fans outside the changing rooms gave his team a firm talking too at the half time break. The SL1 highflyers Southern Stars came out hungry and with the wind were hoping to take something from this game but they must have felt they had a mountain to climb as Preston parked their bus and weren’t prepared to move it away much to the frustration of the loyal away fans.
A late Joey Di Iorio goal wasn’t enough for the Stars as Preston stole the three points. Asked by Goal Weekly after game on his teams performance and form Stars Manager Dean Hennessey said “Take nothing away from Preston but we played Oakleigh on Wednesday and we were little worn out, we were also missing our Captain Alan Mulcahy and Alan Kearney who are both key players.
It was just a tough day in the office they had a couple of chances and they took them.” Preston host North Geelong next week realising they still have it all to do if they want to stay in SL1.
Goals galore as Bulleen & Altona play out entertaining draw
Altona came into this game full of assurance after last week’s strong victory over promotion pushes Whittlesea Zebras.
The Lions were also desperate for points knowing a lose could put them on the wrong end of the table. In a very entertaining game, Altona came out all guns blazing as 14 minutes in Koce Delav found himself on the scoresheet yet again this season.
The early Altona onslaught continued two minutes later as George Papadopoulos finished off a slick Magic move. Just as Bullen started some rhyme Altona created another opportunity this time Milos Lujic pencilling his name to the scoresheet.
Three goals in 20 minutes, the home fans were going wild and already celebrating victory. Only eight minutes later on the 30th minute mark Bullen kicked off what would only be remembered as a tremendous come back, Oleksiy Khrapko finished off a fine move to give the Lions a sniff. Just as Altona were coming to terms with the goal, one minute later just after the kick off it was Bullen who yet again found the net, James McGarry scored adequately to make it 3-2. Just before half time Altona were silenced from another James McGarry strike, after a cleaver build up play from the Lions.
From 3-0 up unbelievably Altona had lost control and would go into the half time with red faces, 3-3 at the break. After the break 50 minutes in a well finished Daniel Peluso goal incredibly put Bullen in front much to the delight of the away fans, Altona were absolutely kicking themselves. Eight minutes later it was Altona goal sneak Milos Lujic who would save the day, his strike bringing the scores to 4-4. The match continued in the same entertaining way, it finished 4-4 with both team scratching the heads on what might have been.
Whittlesea comeback to snatch a thrilling draw with Pascoe Vale
Following a 3-0 loss to Altona last week promotion pushers Whittlesea were eager to get back to winning ways but Pascoe Vale were planning to rain on the Zebras parade following their impressive display against Preston last week.
An incredible turn of events saw Whittlesea appear to be all but beaten against Pascoe Vale, but a heroic comeback saw them salvage a 3-3 draw. A heroic hat trick to Pascoe Vale’s Andrew Le Page proved not enough as Vale blew their 3-1 led. After going down 3-1 a brave Whittlesea fought back with goals to Stuart Nicolson, Vincent Faherty and Taxiarhis Apostolikas to secure the one point. Whittlesea will welcome back young gun Ersin Kaya to their side this week as they travel to meet fierce rivals FC Bullen at the Veneto Social Club on Monday week. Pascoe Vale meet another promotion pusher next week traveling across town to the difficult Kingston Health Soccer Complex to meet high flyers Southern Stars.
Young Warriors edge past Sunshine
After stealing points from Stars last week Sunshine were hungry to go one step better against a youthful North Geelong.
Friday night clashes at Elcho Park are fast becoming the tricky trips down town. Slick second and eighth minute goals respectively to Reha Kurul and Robert Zadworny put North Geelong in the driver’s seat in the first half. After the half time break Sunshine come out on the offensive and were desperately trying to find a goal. Both keepers were keeping fans from both sides entertained pulling off numerous saves to deny attackers. 75 minutes in Sunshine found the goal they were looking for from their midfielder Eddie Soares who for the second week in a row finished of a nice Sunshine move. The game finished 2-1 to North Geelong. After the game North Geelong Manager Ante Skoko spoke to Goal Weekly “very open and entertaining game which was enjoyed by both set of fans, both keepers also pulled off some nice saves”.
Langwarrin upset Fawkner away from home
Langwarrin went into this game desperate to emerge from the wrong end of the table disappointed they went down to Western Suburbs last week.
Fawkner were just as keen to bounce back as they drew 2-2 in the Italian Derby against rivals FC Bullen on Monday night. Langwarrin won their third last away game of the season with a 1-0 victory over the one time Victorian Premier League minor champions Fawkner. Caleb Nicholes made up for his early penalty miss as he scored the winner in the 40th minute as both teams were rebuffed by outstanding displays from goalkeepers Michael Sivulja and Pasi Schwalger, early in the first half two questionable penalties were both saved wonderfully from both keepers.
Asked about his teams performance and his team position going into the last eight games of the season Langwarrin Manager Gus McLeod said “we need pick up on our home form but the league is so open that if we can get a couple wins on the board then suddenly we may be on the top end of the table, unbelievable isn’t it”.
Western Suburbs shock Port to emerge as Greek kings
The tone was set in the Greek derby between hosts Western Suburbs and league leaders Port Melbourne.
Both teams were desperate to take home bragging rights, last time these two meet Western Suburbs let go a 1-0 led to eventually lose 3-1 to Port in a sizzling encounter that seen 5 yellows and a red. This game proved very difficult for Port as Western Suburbs came out keen to knock off their rivals. Western Suburbs recorded a much-needed win in SL1, proving the better side in a match marred with plenty off yellow cards leaving home fans with bragging rights after the deserved 2-1 win. This week Port host the tricky Fawkner Blues at home eager to get their season back on track while Western Suburbs are tested with another derby this time with local rival Sunshine George Cross.
North Geelong Warriors 2
(R Kurul R Zadworny)
Sunshine George Cross 1 (E Soares),
Altona Magic 4
(K Delev G Papadopoulos M Lujic 2)
FC Bulleen Lions 4
(J McGarry 2 O Khrapko D Peluso),
Pascoe Vale 3 (A Le Page 3)
Whittlesea Zebras 3
Fawkner Blues 0 Langwarrin 1
Preston Lions 2
Southern Stars 1
Western Suburbs 2
Port Melbourne 1
North Geelong Warriors 4 Sunshine George Cross 1,
Altona Magic 0 FC Bulleen Lions 5,
Pascoe Vale 3 Whittlesea Zebras 1,
Fawkner Blues 1 Langwarrin 0,
Western Suburbs 2 Port Melbourne 1,
Preston Lions 0 Southern Stars 2
SL1 LADDER P W D L F A Pts
Port Melbourne 14 9 3 2 24 13 30
Whittlesea Zebras 14 8 3 3 24 15 27
Southern Stars 13 8 2 3 22 15 26
Pascoe Vale 14 6 1 7 28 18 19
Fawkner Blues 14 6 1 7 18 13 19
Altona Magic 14 6 3 5 22 20 18
Western Subs 14 5 2 7 15 22 17
Bulleen Lions 14 4 4 6 15 17 16
Sun George X 14 4 4 6 18 21 16
North Geelong 14 5 1 8 13 22 16
Langwarrin 13 4 3 6 16 21 15
Preston Lions 14 4 1 9 18 36 13
SL1 Next Round
Port Melbourne v Fawkner Blues
SS Anderson Reserve
Fri 22 Jul KO 8:30PM
Langwarrin v Altona Magic
Lawton Park Reserve
Sat 23 Jul KO 3:00PM
Southern Stars v Pascoe Vale
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
Sat 23 Jul KO 7:00PM
Preston Lions v North Geelong Warriors
BT Connor Reserve
Sun 24 Jul KO 3:00PM
Sun George Cross v Western Suburbs
Sun 24 Jul KO 3:00PM
FC Bulleen Lions v Whittlesea Zebras
Veneto Social Club
Mon 25 Jul KO 8:30PM