Match Preview: Northcote v Victory Youth

Words | Effie Caloutas 

2016 PS4 NPL Victoria Round 14- Northcote City v Melbourne Victory FC

Saturday May 28, 3:00pm at John Cain Memorial Park

14th v 12th

Northcote meet the Melbourne Victory youth for the second time this season, with Northcote looking to bounce back from their thrilling 3-2 loss to the Oakleigh Cannons, while the Melbourne Victory youth will be looking to display a much more improved performance after losing to Heidelberg United 4-2 last week.

Northcote City (DWLLL)

Coming from back to back 5-0 losses against top quality opposition in the Bentleigh Greens and Hume City, Northcote were able to display a much more competitive effort against the Oakleigh Cannons. With Oakleigh leading 2-0 after a clean strike from Dusan Bosnjak in the 32nd minute, Northcote were able to get two goals in a space of three minutes through a penetrating shot by midfielder Anthony Ramzy in the 35th minute, and a pearler from Crowley in the 38th minute to get back on level terms until a marvellous strike from Bosnjak in the 84th minute secured victory for the Cannons. With only one win for the season, they will be looking for another competitive effort and three points when they meet Victory at home.

One to Watch: Braedyn Crowley

Braedyn Crowley has been influential for Northcote despite the team’s struggles. Since making his debut for the club against Port Melbourne, the former Newcastle player has scored two goals in his past six matches and worried defenders with his pace and movement while also making chances for his teammates.

Melbourne Victory (LLWLL)

Victory have not had the run they would have hoped with three wins and nine losses including four losses in their past five matches. Coming from a 5-2 loss to Green Gully the previous week, the Victory youth were unable to respond against Heidelberg despite two late goals to inform striker Joey Katebian. With Melbourne Victory defeating Northcote 1-0 in their season opener, they will be looking for nothing less than three points when the two teams meet at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday.

One to Watch: Joey Katebian

Joey Katebian has been one of the highlights for the Melbourne Victory youth team, scoring eight goals in his past 11 matches. The inform striker was also influential in their Round 1 opener against Northcote City at Epping Stadium, scoring a header in the 76th minute to secure Melbourne Victory’s first win for the season.

Head to Head 

The last time these two teams met was in Round 1 this year where the Melbourne Victory youth team defeated Northcote City 1-0 at Epping Stadium.