City look to take the points at all new CB Smith Reserve

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After returning to training at a vastly improved John Cain Memorial Park this week, Northcote City will look to spoil the party at Pascoe Vale on Friday night.

Not only is it a game between two close rivals, the night will celebrate the opening of CB Smith Reserve, which has been updated to one of the most modern venues in the NPL.

With Northcote City’s home patch returned to resembling the field that attracted teams such as the Socceroos and Saudi Arabia to train, the side hopes the return to normality will bring about an upturn in its fortunes.

Goran Lozanovski’s men will be firing on all cylinders as they chase their first points of the season, and we hope you will get to the game to support our team on what promises to be a great night.

Pascoe Vale SC v Northcote City
Friday 6 March
CB Smith Reserve
Under 20 – 6:30pm
Seniors – 8:30pn

NPL Match Report: Second defeat for Northcote

By James Willoughby (@jwilloughby26)

Melbourne Knights continues its winning start to the PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria 2015 season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Northcote City at Knights Stadium on Friday.

After a cagey first half, Knights took the lead immediately in the second as a Northcote error from kick-off allowed Andrew Barisic in to score. Captain Tomislav Uskok sealed the three points with a glancing header 20 minutes from time.

Knights coach Andrew Marth described the first half of last week’s 3-1 win over Avondale FC as the poorest he’d seen in his tenure at the club and his side were keen to avoid a repeat.

Adrian Zahra and Barisic – who both returned to Knights this season – linked well for the first time in the 11th minute, with the latter firing into the side netting with his left foot.

Zahra was next to go close after Uskok fed Barisic down the right, but the ex-Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory man could only shoot at Northcote goalkeeper Christopher Theodoridis when through on goal.

A Marino Gasparis block kept out Barisic from the resultant corner, while at the other end, Northcote were restricted to efforts from distance.

Something had to give in the second half and Northcote gifted Knights the opener when they instantly conceded possession from kick-off.

Barisic, who was impressive throughout with his deft flicks and clever touches, took full advantage, storming forward before slotting into the bottom-left corner from 18 yards less than 15 seconds after the resumption.

Gasparis missed the target twice as Northcote pressed for an equaliser, with his 54th-minute effort fizzing just wide.

Zahra then went close with a header for Knights, while he also flicked an effort at Theodoridis before Marth’s men doubled their lead, as Uskok rose highest to nod in a corner from the excellent Alex Dao on the left and delight the home crowd.

The skipper limped off shortly after his goal and Northcote missed a chance to pull one back when Knights goalkeeper Chris May saved with his legs to deny William Webb.

That was as close as Northcote came, though, as they slumped to their second successive defeat.

MATCH DETAILS

Melbourne Knights 2 (Barisic 46′, Uskok 70′) defeated Northcote City 0 at Knights Stadium, Sunshine North [HT 0-0]

Melbourne Knights: 1. Chris MAY, 3. Adrian DEL MONACO, 5. Milan BATUR, 18. Joshua BREKALO, 6. Tomislav USKOK (11. Anthony COLOSIMO 73′), 8. James MCGARRY, 13. Anthony KATIFORIS, 15. Alex DAO, 21. Stipo ANDRIJASEVIC (7. Chris TALAJIC 82′), 23. Adrian ZAHRA, 27. Andrew BARISIC (Josh BERRIOS 90′)

Unused Subs: 25. Michael O’FARRELL, 2. Luke JURCIC

Yellow Card (s): Uskok, Barisic

Red Card (s): Nil

Northcote City: 22. Christopher THEODORIDIS, 3. Mitchell BISSINGER, 10. Marino GASPARIS, 17. Nicholas BAVCAR, 20. Nicholas KOKOLAKIS, 8. James KALIFATIDIS, 6. Aaron WARD (23. Jonathan BOUNAS 61′), 9. William WEBB (16. Ismael MOHAMED 87′), 5. Gregory LOMBARDO, 12. Jordan WILKES, 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS (19. Ryan GO 73′)

Unused Subs: 1. Mason INTERLANDI, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS

Yellow Card (s): Kounavelis

Red Card (s): Nil

NPL Match Report: Tough Start for Northcote City

By Mark Gojszyk (@hahahamark)

Green Gully has opened its PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria 2015 account in style, putting away a 10-man Northcote City 4-1 at Green Gully Reserve on Monday night.

Nikola Markovski nabbed a brace, while the two Matthews – Sanders and Breeze – added goals of their own, with James Kalifatidis scoring a consolation penalty for the visitors.

Kieran Gonzalez was the first keeper called into action in the fifth minute, stretching to deny Marino Gasparis’ curling effort towards the top right corner.

At the other end, Chris Theodoridis’ first task was to pick the ball out of the net, with new Gully signing Nikola Markovski latching onto a swift counter-attack and calmly slotting home.

Despite showing glimpses of mounting a comeback through miscued efforts on goal from Webb and Bissinger, Northcote’s night was made all the more difficult when Jason Hayne was sent off in the 35th minute after needlessly throwing the ball at Berkan Yurdakul’s face in frustration following a tussle during play.

With half-time approaching, a wasteful passage of play saw Alon Blumgart’s one-on-one chance with Theodoridis saved, before Jem Berkant spurned a similar opportunity, missing wide of the upright.

The second half was dominated by Gully, with club mainstay Sanders doubling the advantage in the 65th minute after being teed up by substitute Breeze on the break.

Markovski then popped up to tap in his second goal in the 75th minute after Northcote failed to properly clear a corner.

Breeze was making a massive impact off the bench, adding his side’s fourth goal when right-back Amadu Koroma picked him out in the box with a pinpoint low cross, wrapping up a dominant display by the hosts.

That wasn’t before the visitors earned a late consolation through Kalifatidis, who scored from the spot after Rodrigo Vargas was penalised for a handball.

Green Gully will now look ahead to hosting Oakleigh Cannons in Round 2, while Northcote will turn their attention to another tough away trip, this time at Somers Street against Melbourne Knights.

 

MATCH DETAILS

Green Gully 4 (Markovski 15’ 75’, Sanders 65’, Breeze 83’) defeated Northcote City 1 (Kalifatidis (p) 90’) at Green Gully Reserve

Green Gully: 1. Kieran GONZALEZ, 4. Daniel JONES (3. Aaron COHEN 81’), 5. Rodrigo VARGAS, 6. Jem BERKANT, 7. Liam SCOTT, 9. Nikola MARKOVSKI, 10. Rinor MURIQI (11. Matthew BREEZE 64’), 12. Matt SANDERS, 14. Amadu KOROMA, 15. Berkan YURDAKUL, 17. Alon BLUMGART (8. Tomas MURPHY 79’)

Unused Subs: 23. Rani DOWISHA, 16. Nathan FOX

Yellow Cards: Jones 27’, Muriqi 38’, Markovski 40’

Red Cards: None

Northcote City: 22. Chris THEODORIDIS, 3. Mitchell BISSINGER, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 5. Gregory LOMBARDO, 7. Jason HAYNE, 9. William WEBB (8. James KALIFATIDIS 67’), 10. Marino GASPARIS, 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS (16. Ismael MOHAMED 79’), 17. Nicholas BAVCAR, 20. Nicholas KOKOLAKIS, 23. Jonathan BOUNAS (6. Aaron WARD 60’)

Unused Subs: 1. Mason INTERLANDI, 12. Jordan WILKES

Yellow Cards: Theodoridis 36’, Lombardo 58’, Kounavelis 69’

Red Cards: Hayne 35’

NPL 2015 Round 1 Preview: Green Gully v Northcote City

Text by Alen Delic, FFV

New Captain Chris Theodoridis will lead our Seniors in the 2015 campaign.

Green Gully v Northcote City
8.30pm, Monday February 23, 2015
Green Gully Reserve, Keilor
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, #GGvNC #PS4NPLVIC

Green Gully was not a side many thought would be in the relegation dogfight last year, but in the end, it only escaped by three points.

Gully’s biggest problem was a lack of consistency, starting its year with a 4-0 win but then going on to lose the next four in a row.

After adding a few experienced names to the group, Bob Stojcevski will be hoping his side will have enough to start the year off with another win.

Gully’s opponents in Northcote also had a notoriously slow start to the year, losing its first three games on the trot.

Despite the poor start, coach Goran Lozanovski managed to spur his men on to a respectable seventh-place.

It’ll be a new look Northcote to face Gully on Monday night, having lost three key youngsters to Melbourne City, as well as Rixon, Konstantinidis, Munoz, and Liam Wooding.

Former Gully man Jason Hayne will play against his old club for the first time, while new signing Ryan Go may start, pending an international transfer clearance being readied in time for Monday night.