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 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.
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 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
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
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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Highlights from the 2016 NPL Victoria Round 14 clash between Port Melbourne Sharks and Oakleigh Cannons, hosted at JL Murphy Reserve on May 27th.
Highlights from the 2016 NPL Victoria Round 12 match between Hume City and Port Melbourne SC at ABD Stadium on Saturday, May 14th.