Northcote City NPL Juniors Visit Murray United FC

This weekend, our Under 12 to 18 NPL Junior teams took the drive up the Hume Highway to play against Murray United at their picturesque venue at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Many of our families took the chance to travel up on Friday night, with many players and families getting together to share a meal before the games on Saturday morning.

We thank our hosts for a very well organised day of matches, and our players and families for how well they always support each other! If you have any more photos from the weekend, send them through and we’ll add them in!

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NPL Match Report: Avondale FC 1-3 Northcote City

By Marissa Lordanic

Northcote City has secured back-to-back wins with a 3-1 victory over Avondale FC at Avondale Heights Reserve on Saturday afternoon. 

Aaron Ward opened the scoring for the visitors before Calvin Mbarga doubled their advantage. 

Mat Sanders pegged one back for Avondale midway through the second half before Northcote sealed the win when James Kalifatidis converted from the penalty spot.

After a scrappy opening few minutes, it was Northcote who settled into the game quickest and was on the attack. 

The away side was swift on the counter and was allowed plenty of time and space on the right hand flank in particular, continually exploiting it. 

It eventually grabbed the lead in the 13th minute through Aaron Ward, whose sweet strike from 20 yards out curled into the top-right corner past Avondale goalkeeper Frazer Siddall.

Northcote continued to dominate the game, holding majority of possession in its attacking half, and it doubled its advantage in the 25th minute through Mbarga. 

A cheeky back heel from Kalifatidis put the ball into the path of the oncoming Mbarga who slotted it into the back of the net. 

Avondale grew into the game as the half progressed with a few chances coming towards the end of the opening 45.

Francesco Stella’s free kick was just wide of the post in the 38th minute while Michele Crazia’s header from a corner hit the cross bar. 

The second half saw Avondale continue its improved performance and the side was justly rewarded with a goal in the 67th minute. 

Massimo Murdocca played the corner short to Stella, who found himself in plenty of space. 

The winger’s cross into the box was not dealt with by the Northcote defence, eventually falling to Mat Sanders who smashed home his first goal for Avondale. 

Although Avondale pressed for an equaliser, 10 minutes later Northcote was given the chance to seal the result from the penalty spot – Kalifatidis converted with ease. 

The home team continued to search for goals and were close to scoring in the 84th minute. 

Murdocca’s free kick hit the cross bar and appeared to bounce on the goal line, with Northcote ‘keeper Chris Theodoridis collecting the ball. 

Ultimately, Northcote did enough to take home all three points, and record its first consecutive wins since March, while Avondale’s five game undefeated run came to an end. 

Match Details:

Avondale FC 1 (Sanders 68’) defeated by Northcote City 3 (Ward 13’, Mbarga 25’, Kalifatidis 77’) at Avondale Heights Reserve [HT: 0-2]

Avondale FC: 20. Fraser SIDDALL, 4. Jacob COLOSIMO (10. Burakhan KOCA 60’), 5. Jeffrey FLEMING, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Alex KHRAPKO, 11. Francesco STELLA, 13. Michele CRAZIA, 15. Zoran PAJIC, 16. Mathew SANDERS, 17. Phillip RICCOBENE, 19. Jason PRINCIPATO (18. Jonathan MUNOZ 60’)

Unused substitutes: 1. Christopher MAYNARD, 6. Anthony STRANO, 28. Anthony FALLONE

Yellow card(s): Khrapko 55’, Pajic 45’ Munoz 78’

Red card(s): none

Northcote City: 22. Chris THEODORIDIS, 4. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 5. Gregory LOMBARDO, 6. Aaron WARD (20. Nicholas KOKOLAKIS 66’), 7. Bonel OBRADOVIC, 8. James KALIFADTIDIS, 9. Calvin MBARGA, 10. Marinos GASPARIS, 11. Evan KOUNAVELIS (17. Aron HANDAKAS 76’), 12. Jordan WILKES (14. Anthony RAMZY 90’), 19. Ryan GO

Unused Substitutes: 25. Gianluca FANTACCI, 18. Nikola MARKOVSKI 

Yellow Card(s): Eliopoulos 37’, Go 22’ 

Red Card(s): none

NPL Match Report: Port Melbourne 0-2 Northcote City

By Brandon Galgano (@bgalgano94)

Northcote City has secured a vital three points in the race for a top six spot with a 2-0 victory against Port Melbourne on Friday night at JL Murphy Reserve.

Despite starting the game the stronger of the two sides, Port Melbourne fell away following an opener from James Kalifatidis and a long range free kick from Marinos Gasparis as the Sharks continue to search for a win in six matches.

The home side, without suspended coach Eric Vassiliadis, started the game off brightly but struggled to create any clear cut opportunities in the opening exchanges.

Northcote then had a golden chance to open the scoring as Kalifatidis was played clean through on goal but his effort was thwarted by the legs of Michael Stark who was quick of his line to deny the former Melbourne Victory youth striker.

It didn’t take Kalifatidis long to make things right for his side though, as he opened the scoring for Northcote in the 17th minute.

With Port unable to clear their lines the ball deflected back into the path of Kalifatidis who found himself one-on-one with Stark inside the six yard box.

There was to be no save this time though as the Northcote striker tucked the ball home into the bottom right corner to make it 1-0.

Kalifatidis was in the thick of the action for Northcote and could’ve doubled their lead just four minutes later but once again his finish was poor, hitting his effort straight at the goalkeeper.

The visitors did eventually get their second through Marinos Gasparis in the 37th minute.

Having won a free kick almost 30 yards out from goal, Gasparis elected to drive the ball straight at Stark, with the Port custodian spilling the ball through his legs and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 Northcote.

Port then suffered another major blow early in the second period as centre back Bryan Bran was forced off with a foot injury with the hosts already without suspended captain Shaun Kelly.

Calvin Mbarga then had two chances to add to the visitors lead, flashing the first opportunity just wide of the post before the second was bravely denied by Stark from point blank range.

Port begun to get themselves back into the game with the introduction of Kamal Ibrahim causing Northcote problems at the back but the former Melbourne Heart winger could only direct his effort on goal just over the crossbar following some neat build up play.

Gasparis was then close to adding his second of the match but his stinging low drive was well saved down low to his left by Stark.

And despite some late pressure from Port, Northcote held on to secure a vital three points against a Port Melbourne side who are in serious danger of slipping into a relegation battle.

 

Match Details:

Port Melbourne Sharks 0 Defeated by Northcote City 2 (Kalifatidis 17’, Gasparis 37’) at JL Murphy Reserve.

 

Port Melbourne XI: 25 Michael STARK, 3 James RICCOBENE, 4 Alan MULCAHY, 6 Chris GROSSMAN ©, 7 Adrian ZAHRA (20 Julius DAVIES 46’), 9 Trent RIXON, 10 Andrew MILICEVIC, 15 Kristopher KIOUSSIS (14 Kamal IBRAHIM 55’), 16 Alan KEARNEY, 21 Bryan BRAN (5 George KROMMIDAS 55’), 22 Ryan OPPERMAN

Unused Substitutes: 1 Stjepan GAL, 12 Alec GOODWIN

Yellow Cards: Kearney 33’, Ibrahim 67’

Red Cards: NIL

 

Northcote City XI: 22 Chris THEODORIDIS ©, 4 Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 5 Gregory LOMBARDO, 6 Aaron WARD (23 Jonathan BOUNAS 69’), 7 Bonel OBRADOVIC, 8 James KALIFADTIDIS (14 Anthony RAMZY 86’), 9 Calvin MBARGA, 10 Marinos GASPARIS, 11 Evan KOUNAVELIS (18 Nikola MARKOVSKI 90’), 12 Jordan WILKES, 19 Ryan GO

Unused Substitutes: 1 Mason INTERLANDI, 20 Nicholas KOKOLAKIS

Yellow Cards: NIL

Red Cards: NIL

VOTES: 3- Kalifadtidis, 2- Gasparis 1- Obradovic

NPL Round 18 Preview: Port Melbourne v Northcote City

Match Details
8.15pm, Friday, June 26, 2015
JL Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, ‪#‎PMvNC ‪#‎PS4NPLVIC

Last round:
Port Melbourne 0 – 3 Avondale FC
Northcote 1 – 3 Pascoe Vale

Form:
PM: DLLLL
NC: LWLWL

Last time they met:
Northcote City 2 – 1 Port Melbourne

After four straight losses, Port Melbourne needs a win to get its season back on track and salvage its finals hopes.

Both teams come into Friday night on 19 points, but Port only has one point from a possible 15 in its last five games.

Meanwhile Northcote has six from a possible 15, but its biggest problem – as has been all season – is consistency.

It’s struggled to string two wins together in a long time, but Goran Lozanovski has a big chance on Friday night to stake a claim for finals.

However, both sides still have a long way to go before they can even consider finals football: seven points to be exact.

With nine rounds left in the regular season, it’s possible but they will need to mount a run starting tonight.