NPL Match Report: Northcote City 2-0 Werribee City

11205509_1124253427601760_6839985344232036103_nBy: MATTHEW CONVERSANO

Northcote has secured three points at John Cain Memorial Reserve on Saturday afternoon, defeating Werribee 2-0 in a tense encounter that hung in the balance with two second half goals.

It all came down to an incredible sixty seconds of play, where Northcote converted twice in a minute, putting it in a prime position for the final twenty minutes. which held them in good stead for the remainder of the match

The majority of the first half was very much an arm wrestle between the two sides which was devoid of any real goal mouth action.

The only real chance on goal in the first half came after a lovely James Kalafitidis cross landed in the path of Jason Hayne’s darting run at the back post.

Fortunately for Werribee custodian Frano Saric, Hayne’s shot skewed of his right boot and flew wide of the goal leaving the match deadlocked.

However, the second half was a more exciting affair in comparison to the first.

Just on 50 minutes, Chris Cristaldo broke through the Northcote back line and sent a piledriver of a strike clattering against the crossbar, leaving Northcote custodian Chris Theodoridis stranded.

After a few half chances at both ends, the breakthrough for Northcote arrived on the 70th minute mark when a goal mouth scramble following a corner was bundled over the line by Aron Handakas.

Within 30 seconds of scoring its first, Northcote were on the attack again as Handakas dispossesed Werribee directly from the kick off and made a charge to goal.

His mazing run was only brought to a halt when he was adjudged to have been fouled in the box.

The subsequent penalty was converted emphatically by Kalafitidis as he smashed the ball into the top left corner.

Just as the game looked to be dead and buried for Werribee, Cristaldo burst into the box just on 80 minutes and was taken down by Hayden DAgostino. The referee showing no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Cristaldo himself opted to step up and take the penalty, however he rattled the frame of the goal for the second time in the match as the ball bounced out to safety, seeemingly ending Werribees hopes for a comeback.

Next round Northcote will travel to Kingston Heath as they play a strong Bentleigh side next Friday night and Werribee is still looking for its first win for the season as they play Oakleigh at home next Sunday


Northcote City 2 (Handakas 70, Kalafitidis 72) defeated Werribee 0 at John Cain Memorial Park, Thronbury

Northcote: 22. Chris Theodoridis,4. Jacob Eliopoulos, 12. Jordan Wilkes, 2. Hayden DAgostino, 19. Ryan Go,10. Marino Gasparis, 20. Nicholas Kokolakis, 7. Jason Hayne (14. Anthony Ramzy 88),23. Jonathan Bounas (5. Gregory Lombardo 82),18. Aron Handakas (9. Thomas Demelis 81), 8. James Kalafatidis.

Unused Subs: 1. Mason Interlandi, 3. Mitchell Bissinger.

Yellow Cards: Jonothan Bounas 13, Jordan Wilkes 65

Werribee City: 1. Frano Saric, 4. Simon Colosimo, 23. Steven Cudrig, 16. Angus Martin, 8. Daniel Chaabani, 13. Milan Savic, 19. Robert Navmoski (6. Anthony Ragusa 63), 15. Nicola Carafiglio (14. Julian Cassano 81), 10. Chris Cristaldo, 11. Bobby Vidanovski (3. Ryan Filipovic 66), 9. Evan Balsis

Yellow Cards: Simon Colosimo 51, Steven Cudrig 73

Unused Subs: 2. Michael Simo


NPL Round 11 Preview: Northcote City v Werribee City

Northcote City v Werribee City
3.00pm, Saturday, May 2, 2015
John Cain Memorial Park, Northcote
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, ‪#‎NCvWC #PS4NPLVIC

Last round:
Dandenong Thunder 6 – 1 Northcote City
Werribee City 2 – 2 Avondale FC


Will this be the week that Werribee gets its first win?

The Bees travel to John Cain to take on a Northcote side that suffered an agonising 6-1 defeat to Dandenong Thunder.

The big loss wasn’t Northcote’s first of the season, having lost 5-0 to Hume City about a month ago.

But aside from the two big losses, Saturday’s hosts have shown promise.

Northcote has shown it can beat fellow mid-table sides, having defeated Pascoe Vale and Port Melbourne, who both sit above it on the ladder.

While Werribee hasn’t won a game yet, it has drawn five – more than any other in the competition.

If it had turned three of those five draws into wins, it would be sitting on 11 points and safely out of the relegation zone.

But Nino Ragusa’s men are still searching for that elusive first win.

They’ll need to get on the front foot early if they want it, and not be searching for an equaliser in the 97th minute like they were last week against Avondale FC.

Get well soon Dave!

The Northcote City FC family would like to extend its well wishes to our Under 20 Assistant Coach, David Kalifatidis and his family.

David was unfortunately involved in a car accident on Monday and is currently recovering in the Western General hospital.

We look forward to seeing him back at the Club! 


NPL Match Report: Dandenong Thunder 6-1 Northcote City

By DAMIR KULAS (@DamirKulas)

Dandenong Thunder has rolled back the years with a dominant 6-1 trashing over Northcote City at George Andrews Reserve on Saturday night.

A hat trick to youngster Jarod Blackburn, a double to wunderkind Yusef Ahmed and another one from his brother Abdirahman Ahmed sealed the three points while an Evan Kounavelis goal proved to be nothing more than a mere consolation to the disappointing City.  

Thunder came into the contest looking to grab all three points and move away from the bottom two while Northcote had collected four points from six and were looking to get back into the finals rice with an away win.

The match kicked-off in frantic fashion as a neat one two between Michael Gerace and veteran Veton Korcari saw the former launch a forceful shot straight into Northcote goalkeeper Chris Theodoridis before firing the follow-up over the bar.

City would not be so lucky two minutes later when a pin-point perfect cross from right-back Brendan Elmazovski found the grateful Jarod Blackburn who volleyed home to give Thunder an early lead.

The visitors almost levelled the scoring immediately afterwards when Mitchell Bissinger met a corner but his header went just wide of goal.

The great interplay between Korcari and Gerace continued when the striker supplied the former Box Hill United midfield with a sublime ball into the area but the he failed to get the right contact on it to trouble Theodoridis.

Northcote came close to an equaliser when a James Kalifatidis free-kick was deflected over the bar by the wall as Goran Lozanovski’s men began to settle into the contest. 

However their good work was outdone on the stroke of half-time when a good team move from Thunder saw the inspired Blackburn find Yusef Ahmed with the teenager left with the simple task of tapping the ball into the net.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first with a fine Gerace cross finding Blackburn as the Rowville Sports Academy product smashed his volley into the post.

Aron Handakas almost pulled one back for City when his back-post header missed the target but the guests would not be denied a couple of minutes later when Kounavelis flicked on a cross past Zaim Zeneli to reduce the deficit.

Minutes later and the scores were almost level when Kalifatidis played a nice one-two with Marino Gasparis before the club stalwart’s stinging shot breezed past the post n what was a piece which came back to haunt City.

Thunder coach Stuart Munro went to the bench and brought on the youthful Abdirahman Abdul for the experienced Veton Korcari and the youngster made an immediate impact as he was played in through on goal before calmly placing his strike in between the sticks and past the goalkeeper in what was his first involvement of the game.

Barely five minutes after that moment of brilliance, the crowd was once more treated to a goal of the highest quality as a Yusef Ahmed cross from the right was acrobatically hit on the volley by Blackburn who had done well to adjust himself for the perfect shot.

Yusef made it 5-1 soon after when the birthday boy latched onto a loose ball on the wing before taking it forward into the box and turning his defender before curling it into the net for his second.

The rout was completed in stoppage time when Blackburn claimed the match ball with his third thanks to a smart finish to leave the home faithful in dreamland in a blistering display from the Thunder boys.


Dandenong Thunder 6 (Blackburn 4, 69, 90, Y.Ahmed 45, 77, A.Ahmed 64) defeated Northcote City 1 (Kounavelis 57) at George Andrews Reserve

DT: 1. Zaim Zeneli (GK), 3. Ramazan Tavsancioglu, 4. Adam Petko, 5. Faisal Sakhizada, 6. Alan Mulcahy (8. Lewis Foster 75’), 7. Yusef Ahmed, 9. Veton Korcari (19. Abdirahman Ahmed 63’), 12. Brendan Elmazovski (2. Jarryd Barnes 81’), 16. Gideon Sweet, 23. Michael Gerace, 24. Jarod Blackburn 

Unused Subs: 18. Ariel Ritz, 20. Chris England (GK)

Yellow Card(s): Petko 33′

Red Card(s): None

NC: 22. Chris Theodoridis (GK), 3. Mitchell Bissinger, 4. Jacob Eliopoulos (2. Hayden D’Agostino 77’), 5. Gregory Lombardo, 7. Jason Hayne (19. Ryan Go 88’), 8. James Kalifatidis, 10. Marino Gasparis, 11. Evan Kounavelis, 12. Jordan Wilkes, 18. Aron Handakas (14. Anthony Ramzy 83’), 20. Nick Kokolakis

Unused Subs: 1. Mason Interlandi (GK), 21. Phillip Vaiopoulos

Yellow Card(s): Kounavelis 34′

Red Card(s): None