NPL Match Report: Northcote City 0-0 Dandenong Thunder

By Lou Verga

Northcote City and Dandenong Thunder played out a goalless draw at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday. 

After a dour first half with limited opportunities, the second half provided entertainment and plenty of goalmouth action but ultimately no winner. 

Timmy Purcell was the first to try his luck on eight minutes, blasting a 25-yard strike just wide of the top corner. 

Three minutes later Evan Kounavelis split the Dandenong defence open with a diagonal through ball to James Kalifatidis, but the forward could only hit his shot straight at Anthony Saric in the Thunder goal. 

It was a tight affair from that point on with neither side able to penetrate in attack, resulting in a goalless first half. 

Jordan Wilkes almost opened the scoring minutes after the restart, seeing his goal-bound looping header cleared off the line by Ramazan Tavsancioglu. 

Shortly after, space opened up in the box for Calvin Mbarga, but the striker sliced his shot well wide. 

At the other end, Tavsancioglu thought he had put Thunder ahead with a precise header that was somehow kept out of the net by a desperate Northcote defence. 

Kounavelis came close to a stunning goal just after the hour mark, unleashing a vicious volley that bounced off the upright and stayed out. 

On the counter attack, Dandenong was presented with an excellent opportunity but Jarod Blackbourn fluffed his lines with only Chris Theodoridis to beat. 

Kalifatidis broke through on goal in the 68th minute but Saric was out quickly to smother the low strike. 

Mbarga very nearly won it for Northcote in the 93rd minute with a fizzing shot across goal, but a fingertip save from Saric diverted the ball around the post. 

Both sides continued to push forward in search of a winning goal but couldn’t find the killer touch in the final third.

Match details: Northcote City 0 drew with Dandenong Thunder 0 at John Cain Memorial Park 

Northcote City: 22. Chris THEODORIDIS, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 19. Ryan GO, 8. James KALIFATIDIS, 12. Jordan WILKES, 6. Aaron WARD, 7. Bonel OBRADOVIC, 5. Gregory LOMBARDO, 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS (14. Anthony RAMZY 84’), 9. Calvin MBARGA, 18. Nikola MARKOVSKI (23. Jonathan BOUNAS 71’) 

Unused substitutes: 10. Marino GASPARIS, 20. Nicholas KOKOLAKIS, 25. Gianluca FANTACCI

Yellow card(s): Lombardo 54’, Markovski 56’, Obradovic 87’ 

Red card(s): None 

Dandenong Thunder: 20. Anthony SARIC, 2. Jarryd BARNES, 3. Ramazan TAVSANCIOGLU, 5. Faisal SAKHIZADA, 24. Viktor MUJEDINOVSKI, 12. Brendan ELMAZOVSKI, 11. Timmy PURCELL (8. Lewis FOSTER 71’), 10. Feston AZIZI (9. Veton KORCARI 86’), 27. Brodie PATERSON, 7. Jarod BLACKBOURN, 14. Damir STOILOVIC (23. Michael GERACE 75’) 

Unused substitutes: 14. Joseph ISAIAH, 21. Nicholas VOULOUMANOS

Yellow card(s): Foster 86’ 

Red card(s): None 


NPL Round 22 Preview: North Geelong Warriors v Northcote City


Can star man Evan Kounavelis turn in another Team of the Week performance against North Geelong?

Text from FFV

North Geelong Warriors v Northcote City
3:00pm, Saturday, July 18, 2015
Elcho Park, Lara
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, #NGWvNC #PS4NPLVIC #wearenorthcotecity

Last round:
Avondale FC 1-2 North Geelong Warriors
Northcote City 1-1 Oakleigh Cannons


Last time they met:
Northcote City 2-0 North Geelong Warriors

The win against Avondale has given North Geelong Warriors a new lease of life, and the side is now just one point from 12th, the play-off spot which could save its season.

Gareth Richards got his first goals for the Warriors, and the former Moreland City striker will be looking to add more to his tally this weekend.

Northcote’s hopes of finals football fade with each week that goes by, though not through its own doing.

Unbeaten in four, Northcote sits six points off Hume in sixth, but having played a game more.

A win is all that would do for Northcote, though the Warriors may have some momentum heading into this one.

NPL Match Report: Northcote City 1-1 Oakleigh Cannons

By Lou Verga

Northcote City’s three game winning streak was snapped as Oakleigh Cannons held the side to a 1-1 draw at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday. 

Evan Kounavelis gave his side the lead in the 18th minute with a silky lobbed finish, but it only lasted eight minutes as Mirjan Pavlovic’s close-range strike earned Oakleigh a point. 

Northcote fashioned the first clear chance after just three minutes.

In-form striker Calvin Mbarga dispossessed an Oakleigh defender and charged through on goal, only to be denied by a strong save from John Honos. 

The home side had another golden opportunity in the ninth minute when Mbarga squared the ball to James Kalifatidis, but Honos again got his body behind the strike to keep it scoreless against the odds.  

Goran Lozanovski’s side were making all the inroads and were rewarded with the opening goal.  

The ball fell to Kounavelis near the corner of the box, and the winger spotted Honos advancing before lifting a sublime lob over the Oakleigh stopper that dipped into the top corner. 

Though the joy was short-lived for Northcote as Oakleigh equalised with its first meaningful opportunity. 

Winger Kofi Danning put in a low cross from the right which Pavlovic controlled before prodding into the net to make it 1-1 after 25 minutes. 

The rest of the first half was a tight affair as the sides went in level at the break.

Shortly after the restart Kounavelis looked for a second spectacular goal, curling the ball from a tight angle but seeing the effort whistle just wide of the far post. 

Arthur Papas introduced Sean Rooney in search of a goal as Pavlovic continued to threaten, but still it was Northcote who looked most likely to find a winner. 

In the 78th minute Mbarga’s pace once again got him in behind the defence but rather than shoot, the striker cut the ball back to the middle where Marino Gasparis arrived to whack his shot against a defender. 

The Northcote players and fans claimed a handball, but the referee was not in agreement. 

Oakleigh nearly pinched it in the final minute as substitute Rooney got good purchase on a volley inside the area, but Chris Theodoridis stood firm to palm it away as the contest finished in a draw. 

Match details:

Northcote City 1 (Kounavelis 18’) drew with Oakleigh Cannons 1 (Pavlovic 26’) at John Cain Memorial Park 

Northcote: 22. Chris THEODORIDIS, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 19. Ryan GO, 8. James KALIFATIDIS, 12. Jordan WILKES, 6. Aaron WARD (17. Aron HANDAKAS 66’), 7. Bonel OBRADOVIC, 5. Greg LOMBARDO, 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS (18. Nikola MARKOVSKI 80’), 9. Calvin MBARGA, 10. Marino GASPARIS (23. Jonathan BOUNAS 85’) 

Unused substitutes: 30. Jordan GIFKINS, 14. Anthony RAMZY

Yellow card(s): Kalifatidis 89’ 

Red card(s): None

Oakleigh: 76. John HONOS, 6. Steve PANTELIDIS, 21. Jakob WILLIAMS, 11. Kofi DANNING (16. Sean ROONEY 64’), 5. Aron WILFORD, 15. Jake McLEAN, 18. Adam LE CORNU, 14. Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 12. Tremayne SADLER (3. John BLACK 62’), 26. Lambros HONOS, 10. Dean PIEMONTE 

Unused substitutes: 2. Rowan McNAMEE, 35. Lajos HUN 

Yellow card(s): Black 70’ 

Red card(s): None