Port Melbourne SC will meet Pascoe Vale FC at C.B. Smith Reserve this Friday night in Round 18 of the 2016 NPL Victoria.
The clash sees the 8th placed Sharks visit 9th placed Paco with both sides desperate for the three valuable points on the line. Port will be looking to regain ground in the race for finals football after falling 1-0 to Melbourne Knights last week while Pascoe Vale will be looking to gain some breathing space from a clutch of teams level with them on 18 points. Until a fortnight ago Pascoe Vale had just the one win at C.B. Smith Reserve this season but wins against Heidelberg United & Northcote City have seen their home form-line improve. Port Melbourne are hunting redemption after disappointing results in both the FFA Cup and the league against Melbourne Knights last week. This will be Port Melbourne’s sixth successive away game across the two competitions and they will be seeking the third from that period.
The reverse fixture in Round 5 was a memorable encounter, goals to Luca Santilii and David Stirton saw the match poised at 1-1 before both sides had a man sent off, it the score remained that way until Jamie De Abreu’s sensational solo effort in the 91st minute sealed a 2-1 win for Port Melbourne.
Pascoe Vale FC v Port Melbourne SC
8:15pm, Friday June 24, 2016.
C.B. Smith Reserve, Fawkner
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Port Melbourne SC returns to Knights Stadium to take on Melbourne Knights this Wednesday night in Seventh Round of FFA Cup Qualification, with the winning side set to move through to the national Round of 32 as well as the semi-finals of the Dockerty Cup.
The trip to Knights Stadium will be the second round in succession that Port Melbourne has travelled to venue, following their dramatic Sixth Round victory over St. Albans Saints SC on June 1. On that night goals to Adrian Zahra and James Riccobene saw the scoreline locked at 2-2 before an 89th minute penalty from David Stirton sealed progression to the next round for the Sharks. Prior to that, Port Melbourne had been dominant in this Cup campaign, with the Sharks defeating NPL2 sides Box Hill United & Sunshine George Cross by the identical scoreline of 6-1 on each occasion. Adrian Zahra and David Stirton have been prolific in the Cup run, with 5 & 4 goals respectively across the 3 games. The clash against the Knights provides Port Melbourne with the opportunity to make their first appearance in the FFA Cup Round of 32.
Melbourne Knights have also had their share of drama on their path to the Seventh Round, requiring goals in the 89th and 92nd minutes to pull off a come-from-behind victory against Oakleigh Cannons in the 5th Round of Qualification. Prior to that they had cruised past State League 3 South-East side Eltham Redbacks 7-0 and they reached the 7th Round courtesy of a 3-1 victory over NPL2 East’s Dandenong City. The Knights are coming off a 5-0 defeat away at Northcote City on the weekend and are seeking to return to the FFA Cup Round of 32 after making an appearance in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2014, where they were knocked-out by Olympic FC from the NPL Queensland competition.
Melbourne Knights v Port Melbourne SC
7:30pm, Wednesday June 15, 2016.
Knights Stadium, Sunshine North
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Port Melbourne SC meets St. Albans Saints SC at Knights Stadium this Wednesday night in the Sixth Round of FFA Cup Qualifying, with the winning team to move within one game of qualification to the national Round of 32.
Although St. Albans are the designated home team, their home ground at Churchill Reserve is unable to host this cup tie and it will instead be played at the neutral Knights Stadium in Sunshine North. The draw for the next round of the FFA Cup was held on Monday and both sides now know that the winner will be returning to the same venue to take on Melbourne Knights for a spot in the FFA Cup Round of 32 and the Dockerty Cup semi-finals.
After pulling off a surprise run to the Round of 16 in the 2014 edition of the FFA Cup, St. Albans have already managed to knock-off one NPL opponent in their cup run this year, eliminating Northcote City with 1-0 win away in the 4th Round. They then defeated State League 1 North-West side Yarraville FC 3-1 to progress to the 6th Round.
Port Melbourne SC have performed strongly in the Cup this campaign, with the Sharks defeating NPL2 sides Box Hill United & Sunshine George Cross with the same scoreline of 6-1. Adrian Zahra and David Stirton have lead the way, with 4 & 3 goals respectively in this competition although the variety of attacking threat has seen another 5 players hit the scoresheet across the two games.
St. Albans Saints SC v Port Melbourne SC
8:00pm, Wednesday June 1, 2016.
Knights Stadium, Sunshine North
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Northcote City v Port Melbourne Sharks
5.00pm, Saturday, March 21, 2015
John Cain Memorial Park, Thornbury
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Pascoe Vale 2-3 Northcote City
Avondale 0-0 Port Melbourne
It’s been a mixed couple of weeks for Northcote City, having managed a comeback win against Pascoe Vale in Round 3, but lost to Avondale FC in the Westfield FFA Cup.
However, this will be Northcote’s first game of the season at John Cain Memorial Park, and it could just be the boost it needs as the side finds itself up against a Port Melbourne side on fire.
Port is unbeaten so far in 2015, and a 0-0 draw against Avondale FC two weeks ago was followed by a 1-0 FFA Cup win over PS4 NPL 1 East side Eastern Lions.
Kamal Ibrahim has made a bright start to the season so far, scoring twice while being a constant threat.
Though the attacking midfielder had a difficult time against Avondale, he once again looms as the key man for Port.
Eastern Lions v Port Melbourne
FFA Cup Round 4
1.30pm, Saturday March 14, 2015
Gardiners Reserve, Burwood
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Eastern Lions 4 – 2 Kingston City
Avondale Heights 0 – 0 Port Melbourne
Eastern Lions have gotten off to a perfect start in the second tier of Victorian football by winning their first three matches.
Ziggi Razuki remains a man to watch for the team that once was known as Waverley City.
They were promoted last season on the back of taking out the State League One South-east title, making them a force to be reckoned with.
Port Melbourne will be looking to continue its bright start to 2015 by taking another scalp.
A draw away to Avondale Heights last week means that Eric Vassiliadis’ side will be hungry to get back to winning ways.
Prematurely exiting the same competition last year has the Sharks taking every match very seriously.
A tight affair is in store in Melbourne’s south.