NPL Match Report: Avondale get the better of Northcote at John Cain

By Alen Delic (@alendelic)

Avondale FC has earned its first win in the PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria, defeating Northcote City 2-3 in a thriller at John Cain Memorial Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors struck first through an Aleksiy Khrapko penalty, before Evan Kounavelis equalised. Avondale went into the half with the lead courtesy of Chris Irwin.

Northcote again leveled up the score after an hour with a clinical finish from James Kalifatidis, only for Jonathan Munoz to score the winner directly from a corner.

The game kicked off at a frantic pace, with Burakhan Koca’s flick-on finding the run of Khrapko; the big striker peeled away from Northcote’s defenders and broke into the box, before he was tripped by Northcote goalkeeper Chris Theodoridis.

Ukrainian Khrapko coolly slotted his penalty into the bottom right, giving the visitors the lead 0-1.

Avondale looked more threatening from the off with its direct style of play, while Northcote took longer to settle with its short passing, and attempts at playing out from the back.

After 27 minutes, the hosts unlocked Avondale’s defence with a brilliant chipped through ball from Aaron Ward finding Evan Kounavelis on the top of the 18-yard box.

Kounavelis finished instinctively with a one-touch chip over Theodoridis.

It only took five minutes for Avondale to respond with its second.

Munoz found Irwin with a clever through ball with the outside of his foot.

Theodoridis was caught in no-man’s land, conceding his second after Irwin’s expert lob from the corner of the box, making it 1-2 for the visitors.

The sides came out more reserved in the second half, looking more settled after the frantic opening.

As the second half went on, the game began to open up.

After 64 minutes, the breakthrough came for Northcote.

A brilliant turn on the ball by Marino Gasparis gave him the space he needed to play James Kalifatidis through, before the striker finished clinically to even it up once again.

Both sides turned to direct football to find the winner, but in the end, it came from a corner.

Munoz floated a corner from the left towards the near post, only for it to sneak past Theodoridis.

Northcote almost came back at the death, courtesy of another brilliant Gasparis cross-field ball finding Kalifatidis, only for the referee to chalk it off for offside.

The disallowed goal would prove to be the saviour for the visitors, who went on to earn their first three points of the 2015 season.



Northcote City 2 (Kounavelis 28’, Kalifatidis 65’) defeated by Avondale FC 3 (Khrapko 2’, Irwin 33’, Munoz 78’) at John Cain Memorial Reserve, Thornbury

Northcote City: 22. Chris THEODORIDIS, 12. Jordan WILKES, 6. Aaron WARD (14. Anthony RAMZY 81’), 5. Gregory LOMBARDO (4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS 38’), 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS, 8. James KALIFATIDIS, 7. Jason HAYNE, 10. Marino GASPARIS, 23. Jonathan BOUNAS (20. Nick KOKOLAKIS 60’), 3. Mitch BISSINGER, 17. Nicholas BAVCAR

Unused substitutes: 15. Aminta MAKALOVSKI, 1. Mason INTERLANDI

Yellow Cards: 5. Gregory LOMBARDO 16’, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS 60’, 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS 76’

Red cards: None

Avondale FC: 1. Anthony SARIC, 4. Chris IRWIN, 5. Jeff FLEMING, 9. Aleksiy KHRAPKO (6. Anthony STRANO 88’), 10. Burakhan KOCA (31. Omar AMMACHE 72’), 14. Michele CRAZIA, 17. Phil RICCOBENE, 18. Jonathan MUNOZ, 19. Jason PRINCIPATO (11. Domenico MARAFIOTI 72’), 27. Julien CANNIZZARO, 28. Anthony FALLONE

Unused substitutes: 20. Frazer SIDDALL, 23. Daniel SLOVACEK

Yellow cards: 11. Aleksiy KHRAPKO 20’

Red cards: None


NPL Match Report: Hume, Northcote match abandoned; result to stand

By Ahmed Yussuf (@ahmedyussuf10)

Hume City’s clash against Northcote City has been abandoned in the 87th minute, after ABD Stadium’s sprinkler system abruptly turned on.

The home side was leading 5-0 in wet and rainy conditions before the Tuesday night fixture was called off, but the result will stand as more than 80 per cent of the game had been completed.

Braces from Marcus Schroen and captain Nick Hegarty, as well as a lone strike from Jai Ingham, saw off challengers Northcote City.

The early stages of the game saw both sides begin slowly, trying to find their feet on a cold Melbourne suburban night.

The first chance of the game came after a lung-busting run down the right side from Jai Ingham.

The former Brisbane Roar man rifled a cross into the danger area, but it just escaped Schroen, who was ghosting late into the box.

Not long after, Schroen would make up it with a scrappy finish past a sea of bodies inside the penalty box to open the scoring for Hume.

He’d get his brace, and double the lead, just moments later with a lovely cushioned pass from Calvin Mbarga to put the midfielder on goal, with Scroen finishing with aplomb.

Northcote’s best chance of the game came from a set play; midfielder Jonathan Bounas’ striking ball outside the penalty area ricocheted off the crossbar and out of play.

Evan Kounavellis was the most dangerous for Northcote.

The midfielder was found in the box after a ball from Aaron Ward but was unable to steer his shot past Hume goalkeeper Chris Oldfield.

In the second half, Hume reasserted its dominance on the game, finding a third no less than ten minutes from restart.

Hume captain Nick Hegarty found space inside the area to smash a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Hegarty also doubled his lead soon after with a cool finish from the spot after a handball inside the area saw Hume awarded a penalty.

Ingham joined the Hume party with a dinked effort over the top of Northcote goalkeeper Chris Theodoridis.

But Hume wouldn’t get a chance to celebrate its win, with the game called off early due to the ground’s sprinkler system coming on in the 87th minute.



Hume City 5 (Schroen 18’ 23’, Hegarty 55’ 61’, Ingham 70’) defeated Northcote City 0 at ABD Stadium, Broadmeadows Valley Park

Hume City: 1 Chris OLDFIELD, 17 Marcus SCHROEN (19 Sam BENINATO 68’), 10 Joe FRANJIC (15 Liam NEWMAN 81’), 7 Jai INGHAM, 39 Nick HEGARTY, 4 Isyan ERDOGAN, 11 Ivan PAVLAK, 2 Dean TOMESKI, 8 Calvin MBARGA (9 Deang AGUEK 66’), 5 Petar FRANJIC, 13 Shane REXHEPI

Unused Sub(s): 16 Matt HENESSEY, 20 Tom BANFIELD

Yellow Card: 10 Joe FRANJIC 14’, Deang AGUEK 72’

Red Card: Nil

Northcote City: 22 Chris THEODORIDIS, 20 Nicholas KOKOLAKIS, 11 Evan KOUNAVELIS (9 William Webb 76’), 10 Marino GASPARIS (16 Mohamed ISMAEL 64’), 6 Aaron WARD, 5 Gregory LOMBARDO, 23 Jonathan BOUNAS (8 James KALAFATIDIS 75’), 3 Mitchell BISSINGER, 2 Hayden D’AGOSTINO (12 Jordan WILKES 56’), 7 Jason HAYNE, 4 Jacob ELIOPOULOS

Unused Sub(s): 1. Mason Interlandi

Yellow Card(s): 20 Nicholas KOKOLAKIS 60’

Red Card(s): Nil

PHOTO: Mark Avellino

Tonight: City look for three in a row at Hume

After two league wins on the bounce, Northcote take the short drive to Broadmeadows Valley Park to chase another victory against Hume City.

Northcote and Hume are tied on six points, giving a big opportunity for tonight’s winner to ascend the PS4 NPL table.

With both teams having played on Saturday evening, conditioning will play a key part in the latter stages of what is sure to be an exciting, attacking game!

As always, get down to support our boys!

Hume City v Northcote City FC
Tuesday 24 March 2015
ABD Stadium Broadmeadows Valley Park
Seniors – 8:30pm
Under 20 – 6:30pm

NPL Match Report: Joy at home for Northcote!

Goalscorers Nick Kokolakis and Jonathan Bounas celebrate their goals

By Matthew Conversano

Northcote has sealed back-to-back wins, after grinding out a 2-1 result against Port Melbourne in a hard fought contest at John Cain Memorial Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

After going behind early from a strike by Port Melbournes Andrew Milicevic, Northcote showed true resilience by scoring two goals in the space of two minutes, ultimately proving pivotal.

Northcote was put on the back foot early after brilliant piece of interplay between Port Melbourne’s Ryan Opperman and Andrew Milicevic, which saw the latter played in on goal.

Milicevic made no mistake, slotting the ball past the imposing figure of Northcote custodian Chris Theodoridis to put the Sharks ahead after just 10 minutes

The Sharks were on the attack again shortly after, with Erhon Yalaz rounding Northcote keeper Chris Theodoridis, but his effort at the unguarded goal was denied by some fantastic last ditch defending on the goal line.

The early scares did nothing to stop Northcote, which launched wave after wave of attacks over the next ten minutes.

And they were deservedly rewarded an equaliser. A goalmouth scramble saw the ball spill out to Northcote forward Nicholas Kokolakis who slammed the ball home.

Northcote was relentless after its first goal, and found its second only a minute and a half later with an early goal of the year contender from Jonathan Bounas.

Bounas controlled with the ball with his chest and in one motion, volleyed it from 25 yards with textbook technique, leaving Stjepan Gal rooted to his spot.

After being subbed on for Conor Reddan who was forced off due to injury, Port Melbournes Nicholas Krousoratis wasted no time in making an impact. His 31st minute strike was goal-bound if not for a courageous block from Jordan Wilkes.

The second half was a much more dull affair in comparison to the first.

At 54 minutes, Evan Kounavelis bid for an equaliser was foiled by a point-blank save from Gal.

The remainder of the match saw a very stubborn Northcote defence shut down almost everything that came their way.

The only spark from the Port Melbourne attack was through Kamal Ibrahim who looked dangerous at times with his pace and dribbling ability.

Northcote saw out the match 2-1 to earn a win in its first home game of the season, and its second win on the trot.

The next round sees Northcote attempt to make it three in a row against Avondale FC at home, while Port Melbourne will try and get back on the winners’ list with a home tie against Oakleigh Cannons.


Northcote City 2 (Kokolakis 17′, Bounas 19′) defeated Port Melbourne 1 (Milicevic 10′) at John Cain Memorial Reserve, Thornbury.

Northcote City: 22. Chris Theodoridis, 20. Nicholas Kokolakis, 11. Evan Kounavelis (9. William Webb 76), 10. Marino Gasparis (6. Aaron Ward 71), 5. Gregory Lombardo, 23. Jonathan Bounas, 3. Mitchell Bissinger (2. Hayden Bissinger 83), 17. Nicholas Bavcar, 7. Jason Hayne, 12. Jordan Wilkes, 8. James Kalafatidis

Unused Subs: 1. Mason Interlandi, 4. Jacob Eliopoulos

Port Melbourne: 25. Gal Stjepan, 19. Shaun Kelly, 23. Conor Reddan (11. Nicholas Krousoratis 27), 16. Alan Kearney, 5. Nick Tzoulis, 14. Kamal Ibrahim. 22. Ryan Opperman, 8. Brent Fisher (9. Trent Rixon 51), 6. Chris Grossman, 10. Andrew Milicevic (15. Trent Manicas 86), 17. Erhon Yalaz.

Unused Subs: 1. Michael Stark, 21. Rayane Fivihi