VPL Wrap: The one that got away

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A weekend which initially looked to be a reasonably stock-standard round of Victorian Premier League matches turned into an exciting collection of games highlighted by Miron Bleiberg’s return to the State League, a big upset with Hume City defeating South and Richmond again lamenting the one that got away.

Pascoe Vale 0
Bentleigh Greens 1 (Batsis 51′)
Hosken Reserve

One goal was enough for Bentleigh Greens to take all three points from their encounter against Pascoe Vale. Evan Batsis’ strike in the early stages of the second half shot Bentleigh up to second place on the VPL table.

Pascoe Vale take on in-form Dandenong Thunder next week while Bentleigh Greens host Melbourne Knights on Friday night in what should be an interesting contest.

Oakleigh Cannons 0
Dandenong Thunder 1 (Bran 58′)
Jack Edwards Reserve

Miron Bleiberg’s return to coaching in the VPL was spoiled by a second half Bryan Bran penalty. The Grand Final rematch lived up to expectations however as the visitors were clearly the better team on the night and were deserved of the three points.

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Next week Dandenong take on Pascoe Vale in the last of five home lockout matches while Oakleigh travel to South Melbourne who will be eager for three points.

Hume City 3 (Sumbul 24’ Ofli 28′ Canham 81’)
South Melbourne 2 (Hatzimouratis 45’ (pen) Kelly 58’)
Broadmeadows Valley Park

Hume City caused arguably the upset of the round after defeating powerhouse South Melbourne in a thrilling encounter. South looked to complete yet another come from behind victory in a matter of weeks however a late Sean Canham strike sealed all three points for the hosts.

Hume take on winless Richmond next week while South Melbourne play host to Oakleigh Cannons.

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Northcote City 2 (Piemonte 58’ Obradovic 88’)
Green Gully Cavaliers 0
John Cain Memorial Park

Northcote City extended their unbeaten 2013 VPL season with a 2-0 victory over Green Gully. The hosts overpowered the Cavaliers in the second half, leaving them with only one win on the board after six rounds.

Former Melbourne Victory player Rodrigo Vargas will be disappointed after receiving two yellow cards late in the game, leaving him out of next week’s clash against Port Melbourne. Northcote City travel to Southern Stars.

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Melbourne Knights 3 (Alijenad 6′ J.Colosimo 76 A.Colosimo 78′)
Southern Stars 0
Knights Stadium

Melbourne Knights secured their first win since Round Two in a fairly lacklustre game at Knights Stadium. Shayan Alinejad scored the opener after just six minutes before brothers Jacob and Anothony Colosimo both stamped their names on the scoresheet in the second half.

Melbourne Knights take on Bentleigh Greens next week in a mouth-watering clash while Southern Stars will host undefeated Northcote City.

Richmond 1 (Karaham 5′)
Port Melbourne Sharks 2 (Ibrahim 17′ Sarkies 49′)
Kevin Bartlett Reserve

Looking for their first win of the season, Richmond took an early lead against Port Melbourne with Karahan’s header after just five minutes. However, former Melbourne Heart players Kamal Ibrahim and Kristian Sarkies sealed the three points for the visitors with goals either side of the break.

Cellar-dwellers Richmond host Hume city next week, while Port Melbourne take on Green Gully.

Ladder after Round Six

POSTEAMPWDLFAGDPTS
1Northcote City SC66002031718
2Bentleigh Greens SC6411114713
3South Melbourne FC6402139412
4Melbourne Knights FC6321107311
5Dandenong Thunder SC6411114710
6Port Melbourne Sharks SC631286210
7Hume City FC6303815-79
8Pascoe Vale SC620468-26
9Oakleigh Cannons FC612349-55
10Green Gully Cavaliers SC6114610-44
11Southern Stars FC6024312-92
12Richmond FC6006720-130

Round Seven Fixtures
Bentleigh Greens v Melbourne Knights, 8:15pm Friday 24 May, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
Richmond v Hume City, 8:30pm Friday 24 May, Kevin Bartlett Reserve
Dandenong Thunder v Pascoe Vale, 3pm Saturday 25 May, George Andrews Reserve
Green Gully v Port Melbourne, 3pm Saturday 25 May, Green Gully Reserve
Southern Stars v Northcote City, 6pm Saturday 25 May, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
South Melbourne v Oakleigh Cannons, 5pm Sunday 26 May, Lakeside Stadium

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