NPL Match Report: Northcote City 3-1 Green Gully

Our happy goalscorers, Wilkes, Gasparis and Mbarga

By Katie Lambeski (@KatieLambeski)

A first half burst from Northcote City FC led them to a 3-1 win over Green Gully SC at John Cain Memorial Park on Sunday.

Calvin Mbarga, Jordan Wilkes and a spot-kick from Marino Gasparis were too much for a 15th minute goal from Gully’s Hakeem Aloraibi.

In his first game at his new club, Calvin Mbarga immediately put Northcote in front, turning the ball over high up the park, unleashing a long-range strike over Rani Dowisha and into the back of the net.

Despite the early set-back, Gully responded and looked the better of the two for the rest of the early exchanges, Northcote found it difficult to deal with the accurate set-pieces from Rinor Muriqi.

The visitors did not have to wait long for an equalizer with Aloraibi’s headed goal from a Muriqi corner at the 15thminute his first goal for the club.

Northcote then turned momentum its way and capitalized through Jordan Wilkes at the 22nd minute when he leapt onto to a corner delivered by Marino Gasparis.

The home side continued to build pressure on Gully, and again made it count with Mbarga seizing another turnover and drawing what the referee deemed a handball in the penalty area.

Gasparis duly converted to give Northcote a 3-1 lead at the break.

Gully gave their all over the second half, and introduced new recruit Evan Christodolou early in the half to freshen up the attack.

But they were met by a strong resistance from the Northcote defence (ed by Wilkes and Gregory Lombardo, while Mbarga remained a dangerous figure at the other end.

Debutant Christodoulou showed a glimpse of his potential at the death as he leapt on to a ball from Liam Boland on the left of the box, his shot just went over and Northcote ended 3-1 winners. 

MATCH DETAILS:

Northcote City FC 3 (Mbarga 2’, Wilkes 22’, Gasparis 38’) defeated Green Gully SC 1 (Aloraibi 15’) at John Cain Memorial Park. (HT 3-1)

Northcote City FC: 22. Chris THEODORIDIS, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 12. Jordan WILKES, 5. Gregory LOMBARDO, 19. Ryan GO, 10. Marino GASPARIS, 20. Nicholas KOKOLAKIS (3. Mitchell BISSINGER 83’), 14. Anthony RAMZY (18. Nikola MARKOVSKI 64’), 23. Jonathan BOUNAS (7. Bonel OBRADOVIC 70’), 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS, 9. Calvin MBARGA

Unused subs: 1. Mason INTERLANDI (RGK), 2. Hayden D’AGOSTINO

Yellow/Red cards: nil

Green Gully SC: 23. Rani DOWISHA, 2. Mathew REID, 5. Rodrigo VARGAS, 6. Jem BERKANT (9. Evan CHRISTODOULOU 57’), 8. Tomas MURPHY (6. Muhammed UZUMCU 73’), 10. Rinor MURIQI, 11. Matthew BREEZE, 14. Amadu KOROMA, 7. Alon BLUMGART, 20. Hakeem ALORAIBI, 38. Liam BOLAND

Unused subs: 1. Sebastian MATTEI (RGK), 3. Aaron COHEN, 18. Anthony MARAFIOTI

Yellow cards: Reid (79’)

NPL Round 14 Preview: Northcote City v Green Gully

Northcote City v Green Gully
3.00pm, Saturday, May 23 2015
John Cain Memorial Park, Northcote
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, ‪#‎NCvGG #PS4NPLVIC

Last round:
Northcote City 1 – 2 South Melbourne
Oakleigh Cannons  1 – 2 Bentleigh Greens

Form:
NC: WLWLL
GG: LLLLW
 
Last time they met:
Green Gully 4 – 1 Northcote City
 
It took six weeks and a change in coach, but Green Gully finally got its win.
 
Out went Bob Stojcevski and Gully stalwart Rodrigo Vargas and Stephen Downes taking the reigns together. It paid dividends for Gully as they took a massive 4-1 away win at Avondale FC.
 
Gully needs to back it up this weekend with another big performance.
 
The win last week against Avondale FC was invaluable, giving them the jump on rivals Avondale and putting them in to seventh.
 
While last week, falling into the relegation zone was a distinct possibility, this week, a win will bring them a lot closer to safety, and even the top six.
 
Meanwhile, Northcote’s last two losses have left it just two points away from the relegation playoff, and three clear from automatic relegation.
 
At this point of the season, just three points separate eighth place and the playoff relegation spot.

NPL Match Report: Northcote City 1-2 South Melbourne

By Lou Verga (@LouVerga)

South Melbourne has regained top spot after seeing off a determined Northcote City 2-1 at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon.

Matthew Theodore put the visitors ahead before James Kalifatidis cancelled out the goal soon after. But a second half header from Milos Lujic settled a well-contested match.

A portion of fans thought Lujic had scored after 10 minutes when he got on the end of a fine run and cross by Brad Norton from the left, but the striker only found the side netting.

South did take the lead in the 25th minute as another ball into the box aimed at Lujic fell to Theodore, who arrived at the perfect time to a slot a low and firm finish.

Three minutes later, Evan Kounavelis nearly found a quick response with an improvised volley using the outside of his right foot, but it bounced back off the upright with South goalkeeper Nikola Roganovic rooted to the spot.

The home side was to find the equaliser in the 32nd minute, as stand-out winger Anthony Ramzy crossed it into the middle for Kalifatidis to power in off the post with a header.

Northcote started the second half as the stronger, and Kalifatidis looked sure to finish off a Kounavelis cut-back just two minutes in before an heroic intervention from Tim Mala diverted the ball onto the roof of the net.

With 50 minutes on the clock, Jordan Wilkes came close to scoring from a free kick that Ramzy had won, but his header flashed past the post.

Lujic thought he had scored in the 71st minute when he got on the end of Andy Brennan’s low cross, but Chris Theodoridis somehow kept it out.

But the big striker was to have his winning goal seconds later, as he expertly flicked another cross into the far corner with his head.

Northcote didn’t lie down, and fashioned two more decent chances before the end. Kounavelis looped a shot over Roganovic but wide of the target, before the keeper had to be well positioned to keep out Kalifatidis’ free kick with a diving save.

But the score was to remain 2-1 as South continued their fine record in 2015.

 

Match details: 

Northcote City 1 (Kalifatidis 32’) defeated by South Melbourne 2 (Theodore 25’, Lujic 72’) at John Cain Memorial Park 

Northcote City: 22. Chris THEODORIDIS, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 19. Ryan GO, 5. Greg LOMBARDO, 12. Jordan WILKES, 20. Nicholas KOKOLAKIS (16. Todd DEKKER 84’), 10. Marino GASPARIS, 14. Anthony RAMZY (9. Calvin MBARGA 61’), 8. James KALIFATIDIS, 23. Jonathan BOUNAS (3. Mitch BISSINGER 73’), 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS

Unused substitutes: 1. Mason INTERLANDI, 2. Hayden D’AGOSTINO

Yellow card(s): Lombardo 15’

Red card(s): None

South Melbourne: 1. Nikola ROGANOVIC, 2. Tim MALA, 4. Michael EAGAR, 5. Luke ADAMS, 7. Nick EPIFANO, 8. Matthew THEODORE(10. David STIRTON 52’), 9. Milos LUJIC (23. Andy KEJOCEVIC 90+2’), 11. Bradley NORTON, 12. Iqbal JAWADI, 13. Dane MILOVANOVIC, 17. Andy BRENNAN (27. Leigh MINOPOULOS 88’)

Unused substitutes: 6. Bonel OBRADOVIC, 21. Jake BARKER DAISH

Yellow card(s): Milovanovic 68’

Red card(s): None

 

NPL Preview: Northcote City v South Melbourne

Northcote City v South Melbourne
3.00pm, Saturday, May 16, 2015
John Cain Memorial Park, Northcote
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, ‪#‎NCvSM #PS4NPLVIC #wearenorthcote

Last round:
Bentleigh Greens 4 – 0 Northcote City
South Melbourne 5 – 0 Dandenong Thunder

Form:
NC: DWLWL
SM: WWWDW

It’s the third game in a little over a week for South Melbourne, having defeated Avondale on Friday night, and it comfortably dispatched Dandenong Thunder on Tuesday night.

But will fatigue be a factor for South Melbourne?

How Chris Taylor is forced to alter his side on Sunday will be interesting, but Northcote has problems of its own.

Goran Lozanovski’s men are still looking to gain consistency. Despite two decent 2-0 wins over lower-table sides in the last month, Northcote has also suffered two heavy defeats to Bentleigh and Dandenong Thunder.

But this is as good a chance as any for Lozanovski to tap into his youthful side and get a win over what could be a jaded South Melbourne side.

Both these sides have had little movement in the transfer market thus far.11206582_695137133942102_1402492473543289449_o