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PREVIEW | FFA Cup | Melbourne Knights v Port Melbourne SC

Port Melbourne SC returns to Knights Stadium to take on Melbourne Knights this Wednesday night in Seventh Round of FFA Cup Qualification, with the winning side set to move through to the national Round of 32 as well as the semi-finals of the Dockerty Cup.

The trip to Knights Stadium will be the second round in succession that Port Melbourne has travelled to venue, following their dramatic Sixth Round victory over St. Albans Saints SC on June 1. On that night goals to Adrian Zahra and James Riccobene saw the scoreline locked at 2-2 before an 89th minute penalty from David Stirton sealed progression to the next round for the Sharks. Prior to that, Port Melbourne had been dominant in this Cup campaign, with the Sharks defeating NPL2 sides Box Hill United & Sunshine George Cross by the identical scoreline of 6-1 on each occasion. Adrian Zahra and David Stirton have been prolific in the Cup run, with 5 & 4 goals respectively across the 3 games. The clash against the Knights provides Port Melbourne with the opportunity to make their first appearance in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

Melbourne Knights have also had their share of drama on their path to the Seventh Round, requiring goals in the 89th and 92nd minutes to pull off a come-from-behind victory against Oakleigh Cannons in the 5th Round of Qualification. Prior to that they had cruised past State League 3 South-East side Eltham Redbacks 7-0 and they reached the 7th Round courtesy of a 3-1 victory over NPL2 East’s Dandenong City. The Knights are coming off a 5-0 defeat away at Northcote City on the weekend and are seeking to return to the FFA Cup Round of 32 after making an appearance in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2014, where they were knocked-out by Olympic FC from the NPL Queensland competition.


Melbourne Knights v Port Melbourne SC

7:30pm, Wednesday June 15, 2016.

Knights Stadium, Sunshine North

Twitter: Live updates from @PMSCSharks, #MKvPM #FFACup

Sharks through to next round of FFA Cup

Having come off a five day break and a loss to Avondale, Port Melbourne entered Wednesday night’s game with a chance to not only go to the next round of the cup competition, but to return to winning ways.

Sunshine George Cross haven’t been in the best of form in NPL2 West this season, and they too were looking to turn things around. Their line-up included some familiar faces, with former Sharks Martin Mason, Denis Dasoul and Chris Grossman among their starting line-up.

The game starting off with the usual midfield battles, though the Sharks started to find their groove and space behind the George cross defence after 10 minutes. Lambros Honos had a brilliant chance on 12 minutes after being one on one with the George Cross goalkeeper Matthew Jones, though his effort dribbled wide.

Jamie De Abreu found space on the right hand side on 13 minutes, though his effort was dealt with by the George Cross defence. Then on 15 minutes David Stirton was played in behind, with Stirton comfortably putting the ball past Jones and into the back of the net to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

On 28 minutes Adrian Zahra had a goal disallowed for offside, though the quick touches between Honos and Stirton to play Zahra behind the defence were very classy. The Sharks continued to press but couldn’t get that second goal. With the score still at 1-0 at the main break, Sharks manager Eric Vassiliadis rallied his troops to find another gear.

His pep talk seemed to work effectively as Zahra on 47 minutes and Stirton two minutes later saw the Sharks take the wind out of the sails of George Cross. Zahra’s goal was brilliant as he out-reached over his defender at the far post to head the ball in from a De Abreu cross. Stirton’s goal was a clinical finish after he was played in by Zahra, with his stinging left foot shot finding the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

Stand-in captain Alan Kearney was subbed off on 53 minutes with a slight injury, as well as Jacob Eliopoulos on 66 minutes but both seemed to be okay after the game. Sunshine pegged a goal back from Samuel McCall to give his side some hope. His effort saw him latch onto a ball in the box and put it away nicely.

Their joy was short lived though, with Zahra scoring again on 72 minutes and substitute Erhan Yalaz scoring on 76 minutes saw the score line out of reach. Yalaz’s goal was immaculate as he turned right back Moses Gondwe inside out, with the rocket left foot shot shacking the right side of the George Cross goal.

Stirton had another chance four minutes later, though his header was just over the bar. The scoring continued as Zahra completed his hat-trick on 86 minutes with a well guided right foot shot into the bottom right corner of the George Cross goal to give the team a sixth and a passage into the next round of the FFA Cup.

Vassiliadis did say after the match he was pleased with how the players came out the second half, with some key positives ahead of the NPL round 10 game with Bulleen on Monday night.


Sharks cruise to FFA Cup next round

The FFA Cup returned for another year, and with it, as always presents an opportunity of cup football. A whole new ball game. The ability for managers to tinker a little bit & fine tune certain areas.

Friday night was the perfect opportunity for Sharks players to play in a game against opposition from a division below, maybe try a few things. As the evening settled, and the players made their way onto the pitch at 25 past seven, no one could’ve predicted what was to come.

Three minutes in and the ‘this has Melbourne Knights written all over it’ began to cross the minds of a few Sharks supporters. A goal conceded from a set piece at the near post. Box Hill United up one nil.

Box Hill United barely had time to flinch, nor did so many spectators to be frank, as skipper Shaun Kelly headed in a goal from an Adrian Zahra free kick, to Box Hill United goal keeper Enes Unal’s right hand side. Back to normal we go. One all.

The Sharks have struggled to find goals from open play so far this season. The ability to create hasn’t been the problem, more converting these chances. So on the ascendancy the boys went with a brilliant counter attack in the middle stages of the first which saw Unal get to the six yard box just in the nick of time before Zahra coud tuck the ball away.

Then in half time stoppage time Jamie De Abreu pounced on a sloppy back pass from Box Hill United left back Jack Gow. De Abreu was able to react quickly, rounded Unal and tapped the ball into an open net. 2-1 at the break with the Sharks playing great when going forward.

The second half saw Port make their first change, with Alec Goodwin coming on for Erhan Yalaz. Goodwin made an immediate impression, scoring in the 68th minute. Unal let the ball slip through his hands from the corner kick, with Goodwin first to react to the lose ball and send the Sharks 3-1 up.

Set pieces were the norm in this game after James Riccobene scored in the 75th minute from a goal mouth scramble, from the result of a corner kick to put the Sharks 4-1 up.

With the game wrapped up, David Stirton was able to pounce on the rebound after Unal was only able to parry Dennis Koutroulis’ shot, which came as a result of another counter attack in the 87th minute.

The Sharks still had time for one more goal with Zahra being put through on goal by Ryan Oppermann who was in his own half. Zahra was able to chip the ball over Unal in the 91st minute to give the Sharks a 6-1 victory.

The Sharks now look towards Thursday night football on Good Friday Eve as they host Pascoe Vale at home in round five of the NPL.


FFA Cup Match Preview: Eastern Lions v Port Melbourne


                           Eastern LionsEastern Lions v Port MelbournePort-Melbourne

FFA Cup Round 4

1.30pm, Saturday March 14, 2015
Gardiners Reserve, Burwood
Twitter: Live updates @pmscsharks

Last round:
Eastern Lions 4 – 2 Kingston City
Avondale Heights 0 – 0 Port Melbourne


Eastern Lions have gotten off to a perfect start in the second tier of Victorian football by winning their first three matches.

Ziggi Razuki remains a man to watch for the team that once was known as Waverley City.

They were promoted last season on the back of taking out the State League One South-east title, making them a force to be reckoned with.

Port Melbourne will be looking to continue its bright start to 2015 by taking another scalp.

A draw away to Avondale Heights last week means that Eric Vassiliadis’ side will be hungry to get back to winning ways.

Prematurely exiting the same competition last year has the Sharks taking every match very seriously.

A tight affair is in store in Melbourne’s south.