Words | Effie Caloutas
Coming off a 3-2 loss to Oakleigh Cannons, Northcote City were able to respond in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 win against the Melbourne Victory Youth team at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday.
In an entertaining first half, Northcote began strongly with a looping header from Anthony Ramzy that was cleared off the line in the opening two minutes, and a penetrating shot from Crowley that was parried just minutes later.
Despite Northcote looking impressive, there were some nervous moments with a curling shot from Victory’s Sebastian Pasquali just narrowly going over the bar in the 11th minute, as well as a clean strike from Christian Theoharous that was denied after a clearance by defender Jordan Wilkes in the 17th minute.
However it was Northcote who found the answer in the 18th minute through a marvellous volley from Anthony Ramzy, who tucked Ryan Go’s back post cross into the bottom corner to score his second goal in two weeks.
From there, the home side continued to hold firm and score a second through a super header from Wilkes in the 41st minute to give the home side a 2-0 lead at half time, causing pandemonium at John Cain Memorial Park.
Northcote continued in the ascendancy, scoring their third just one minute into the second half through a majestic header by captain Greg Lombardo that trickled over the line to effectively seal the result at 3-0.
Victory had a chance to score a late goal in the 82nd minute through substitute Andre McNamara, but was denied one-on-one after an excellent save from goalkeeper Phillip Petrovski as Northcote secured a clean sheet and their second win in one of their best performances of the season.
Goran Lozanovski’s side will now shift their focus to South Melbourne when the two teams meet at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday.