Port Melbourne SC appoint Assistant Manager

Port Melbourne Soccer Club is pleased to welcome Zeljko Kuzman to the club as Senior Assistant Manager.

With 9 crucial games remaining in the NPL Victoria season to secure finals football, Manager Eric Vassiliadis has looked to bolster his coaching staff to give the club the best possible chance of achieving both it’s short term & long term goals.

“We’re very excited to bring Zeljko in as part of the PMSC family. We respect his his program and coaching ability both on and off the park. I know he will bring us a fresh perspective and we hope, together with our existing  senior coaches, that he will help us maximise our chances of success this year and beyond.”

Zeljko is enthusiastic about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the club

“I am thrilled to joined the Port Melbourne Sharks for the remainder of the 2016 NPL campaign. I look forward to working with Eric, his staff and the playing group.”

We wish Zeljko all the best in his new role.

PREVIEW | FFA Cup | Melbourne Knights v Port Melbourne SC

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

Twitter: Live updates from @PMSCSharks, #MKvPM #FFACup

MATCH REPORT | Sharks secure victory against MV Youth

Port Melbourne SC defeated Melbourne Victory Youth 1-2 in a rain-soaked affair on Sunday afternoon at Epping Stadium to return to winning ways in the league and remain within striking distance of the top 6.

New signing Luke Gavalas made his first appearance for the club in goal, along with Tyler James making his first start following a brief cameo in the mid-week cup game. It was an otherwise unsettled line-up for the Sharks as they took on a Melbourne Victory side that was looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats.

Port Melbourne started brightly with Bonel Obradovic unleashing a powerful shot within the first minute to make an early statement of intent. The breakthrough for Port came in the 18th minute when Adrian Zahra switched the play to right wing to release Jamie De Abreu. De Abreu was able to cut inside and opened the scoring with a left-footed finish that beat Victory ‘keeper Wyatt Chant at his near post. The lead only lasted 5 minutes however, with John Maclean’s cross from the right finding Joey Katebian, his effort hit the crossbar before the rebound fell to Jordan Brown and he was able to capitalise to even the score at 1-1. After losing David Stirton at half-time to injury, the challenge became even greater after Adrian Zahra also came off injured in the 67th minute prompting a re-shuffle to the line-up. Despite the adversity, Port asserted their authority on the contest and were able to break the deadlock in the 80th minute with Jamie De Abreu securing his brace after cutting inside from the left wing and forcing a strong save from Wyatt Chant, before collecting the rebound & finishing with a pin-point effort just inside the near post again. This sealed a valuable 1-2 win for the Sharks who were determined to restore their league form having tasted success in the FFA Cuo during the week.

The result sees Port Melbourne move up to 7th position on the table and the win seals a ‘double’ for the club against Melbourne Victory Youth in 2016, having won the initial encounter in Round 2 with the scoreline 1-0 on that occasion. The match at Epping Stadium was the first in a run of four away games for the Sharks, with the next match coming on Friday, June 10 against South Melbourne FC at Lakeside Stadium.

FINAL SCORE: Melbourne Victory Youth 1-2 Port Melbourne SC (HT: 1-1)

Venue: Epping Stadium
Date: Sunday 5 June 2016

Melbourne Victory FC Youth :
1. Wyatt Chant (GK), 2. John VAKIRTZIS, 3. Callum GOULDING, 4. Matt HENNESSEY, 13. Oliver PATERNO, 15. Josh HOPE, 16. Jordan BROWN (8. Anthony DUZEL 65’), 10. Seb PASQUALI, 9. Michael HOLDEN (14. Christian THEOHAROUS 78’), 11. John MACLEAN (7. Andre MCNAMARA 82’), 33. Joey KATEBIAN.
Unused Subs: 20. Majak MAWITH (GK), 5. James XYDIAS

Port Melbourne SC:
28. Luke GAVALAS (GK), 20. Tyler JAMES, 19. Shaun KELLY (C), 23. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 3. James RICCOBENE, 2. Andrew VIOLA, 8. Bonel OBRADOVIC, 7. Jamie DE ABREU, 17. Erhan YALAZ (22. Ryan OPPERMANN 61’), 9. Adrian ZAHRA (4. James KARVELIS 67′), 10. David STIRTON (12. Alec GOODWIN 46′).
Unused Subs: 1. James KAPURANOVSKI (GK), 14. Trent MANICAS

FFA Cup | Sharks hold strong in tough cup encounter

Port Melbourne SC defeated St. Albans Saints SC 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at Knights Stadium on Wednesday night to progress to the 7th Round of 2016 FFA Cup qualification.

Young goalkeeper James Kapuranovski started his second game for the club in the absence of senior keepers Stjepan Gal & Michael Stark. David Stirton made his return to the starting line-up after a recent injury and Jamie de Abreu returned to the starting XI as well, having missed the previous league game.

Port Melbourne started the game strongly with several close chances but it was St. Albans who struck first in the 22nd minute against the run of play, with Joshua Knight able to get onto the end of a long ball out of defence then lob Kapuranovski & follow it up for a simple tap-in. Ten minutes later, parity was restored as Adrian Zahra capped off some neat build-up play from David Stirton & Bonel Obradovic with a clinical finish and the game went to half time with the score locked at 1-1. Moments into the 2nd half, Port won a free kick on the edge of the area and made the scoreline 1-2 through James Riccobene’s expert effort which Ibrahim could do nothing to stop. St. Albans were able to get themselves back in the contest in the 64th minute when an Andrew Milicevic corner wasn’t dealt with and Joshua Knight was able to head in for his second goal.

The game took a final dramatic turn in the 88th minute, with the possibility of extra-time & penalties looming, as Zahra played a one-two to drive his way into the box, leaving the St. Albans defender no option but to handle the ball to stop his progressss. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and awarding a penalty to Port Melbourne. David Stirton displayed excellent technique & nerves of steel to bury the penalty and cement victory for the Sharks.

Port’s win means they will be returning to same venue to take on Melbourne Knights in the 7th Round of FFA Cup Qualification. The winners will qualify for the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32, as well as the Dockerty Cup semi0finals.

FINAL SCORE: St. Albans Saints 2-3 Port Melbourne SC (HT: 1-1)

Venue: Knights Stadium
Date: Wednesday 1 June 2016

St. Albans Saints SC :

24. Dilan IBRAHIM (GK), 18. Ben SHAPER, 2. Ryan MCGUFFIE (C), 5. George TSAKALAKIS, 11. Joseph MONEK, 6. Nicholas SARBIN, 16. Michael GRGIC, 7. Moustpaha QUAYNOR (15. Jay KELLY 62′), 10. Joshua KNIGHT (17. Adrian Barresi 78’), 8. Andrew MILICEVIC, 23. Ivan SKORICH (9. James GOULOPOULOS 57’).
Unused Subs: 38. Edwin MURPHY (GK), 19. Reuben QUINN-WALTERS

Port Melbourne SC:
1. James KAPURANOVSKI (GK), 4. James KARVELIS (22. Ryan OPPERMANN 30’), 19. Shaun KELLY (C), 23. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 3. James RICCOBENE, 2. Andrew VIOLA, 8. Bonel OBRADOVIC, 7. Jamie DE ABREU, 17. Erhan YALAZ (12. Alec GOODWIN 78′), 9. Adrian ZAHRA (20. Tyler JAMES 90+2′), 10. David STIRTON
Unused Subs: 14. Trent MANICAS

PREVIEW | FFA Cup | St. Albans Saints v Port Melbourne SC

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

Twitter: Live updates from @PMSCSharks, #SASvPM #FFACup

Sharks cruise to win over Richmond SC

Port Melbourne entered Friday nights game looking over their shoulder ever so slightly coming up against Richmond SC, well aware of the amount times this season that Richmond have pinched points against the big teams.

This game was no different. The Sharks have had a trend of starting games off slowly, so as we entered the 8.30pm kick off things didn’t start so routinely. Alec Goodwin started up front for David Stirton who had a minor leg injury. Goodwin had a headed attempt tipped over the bar from a Jamie De Abreu cross within the first few minutes.

This was unlike the Sharks to start a game off so strongly. Then on seven minutes a free kick was awarded to Port Melbourne just outside the area. Little Irishman Alan Mulcahy was able to catch Richmond shot stopper Chris Davis off guard and curl the ball into Davis’ left hand corner, much to his and Richmond’s dismay.

On 19 minutes Lambros Honos after linking up with Jacob Eliopoulos was able to deftly chip the ball over Davis from outside the area in what can only be described as exquisite and a contender for goal of the season. 2-0 to the Sharks which had many heads turning. The rest of the half was dull with both teams going back and forth not wanting to push the issue too much.

It all changed inside the first two minutes of the second half when Alan Mulcahy had fouled his Richmond counterpart. Whilst Mulcahy was on the ground receiving his caution, to the dismay of Richmond SC player Jordan Seeto, he kicked the ball at Mulcahy. The referee had adjudged the reaction was careless and sent Seeto to the dressing room.

Richmond not be undone decided to force Port Melbourne shot stopper Stjepan Gal into back to back saves on 48 minutes. Crucial moments of this game. Gal was phenomenal in goals. On 54 minutes though Alec Goodwin was played into the penalty area by Honos. Goodwin was able to slice the ball with the outside of his foot into the bottom left hand corner of goal to make it 3-0.

Gal was forced into action again two minutes later with back to back saves to keep the visitors at bay. Mulcahy on 63 minutes was again given free kick duties. He didn’t disappoint as he curled in anther peach of a goal to Davis’ left, much to the dismay of the Richmond fans who thought the foul was dubious. 4-0 to the Sharks.

Richmond knowing there was a lot at stake pushed numbers forward to try and make something of the game forcing Gal into consecutive saves on 70 minutes. Gal was not to be undone though and kept the visitors at bay yet again. On 80 minutes substitute Dennis Koutroulis scored his first senior goal for the club after being promoted from the under 20’s during the week. After a magnificent pass from Adrian Zahra with the outside of his boot, Koutroulis’ right foot shot thunder-bolted into the back of Davis’ net to make it 5-0.

Just as stoppage time approached, substitute Erhan Yalaz played in fellow winger De Abreu from the left hand side with a ball beyond the Richmond back four. De Abreu was one-on-one with Davis & calmly slotted the ball behind the Richmond shot stopper to make it 6-0 to the Sharks.

Then just as the game seemed all done and dusted, Mulcahy rounded off his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 94th minute. Erhan Yalaz had shown great desire to intercept a pass from Geert-Arend Roorda who subsequently brought him down as he raced into the penalty area. Mulcahy calmly stepped up to tuck the ball away and put the icing on the cake for Port Melbourne.

A resounding victory for the Sharks on a night were the game could’ve gone either way early in the second half. Port Melbourne travel to Broadmeadows this Saturday night as they take on Hume City.

Sharks through to next round of FFA Cup

Having come off a five day break and a loss to Avondale, Port Melbourne entered Wednesday night’s game with a chance to not only go to the next round of the cup competition, but to return to winning ways.

Sunshine George Cross haven’t been in the best of form in NPL2 West this season, and they too were looking to turn things around. Their line-up included some familiar faces, with former Sharks Martin Mason, Denis Dasoul and Chris Grossman among their starting line-up.

The game starting off with the usual midfield battles, though the Sharks started to find their groove and space behind the George cross defence after 10 minutes. Lambros Honos had a brilliant chance on 12 minutes after being one on one with the George Cross goalkeeper Matthew Jones, though his effort dribbled wide.

Jamie De Abreu found space on the right hand side on 13 minutes, though his effort was dealt with by the George Cross defence. Then on 15 minutes David Stirton was played in behind, with Stirton comfortably putting the ball past Jones and into the back of the net to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

On 28 minutes Adrian Zahra had a goal disallowed for offside, though the quick touches between Honos and Stirton to play Zahra behind the defence were very classy. The Sharks continued to press but couldn’t get that second goal. With the score still at 1-0 at the main break, Sharks manager Eric Vassiliadis rallied his troops to find another gear.

His pep talk seemed to work effectively as Zahra on 47 minutes and Stirton two minutes later saw the Sharks take the wind out of the sails of George Cross. Zahra’s goal was brilliant as he out-reached over his defender at the far post to head the ball in from a De Abreu cross. Stirton’s goal was a clinical finish after he was played in by Zahra, with his stinging left foot shot finding the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

Stand-in captain Alan Kearney was subbed off on 53 minutes with a slight injury, as well as Jacob Eliopoulos on 66 minutes but both seemed to be okay after the game. Sunshine pegged a goal back from Samuel McCall to give his side some hope. His effort saw him latch onto a ball in the box and put it away nicely.

Their joy was short lived though, with Zahra scoring again on 72 minutes and substitute Erhan Yalaz scoring on 76 minutes saw the score line out of reach. Yalaz’s goal was immaculate as he turned right back Moses Gondwe inside out, with the rocket left foot shot shacking the right side of the George Cross goal.

Stirton had another chance four minutes later, though his header was just over the bar. The scoring continued as Zahra completed his hat-trick on 86 minutes with a well guided right foot shot into the bottom right corner of the George Cross goal to give the team a sixth and a passage into the next round of the FFA Cup.

Vassiliadis did say after the match he was pleased with how the players came out the second half, with some key positives ahead of the NPL round 10 game with Bulleen on Monday night.

 

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