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PREVIEW | Round 18 | Pascoe Vale FC v Port Melbourne SC

Port Melbourne SC will meet Pascoe Vale FC at C.B. Smith Reserve this Friday night in Round 18 of the 2016 NPL Victoria.

The clash sees the 8th placed Sharks visit 9th placed Paco with both sides desperate for the three valuable points on the line. Port will be looking to regain ground in the race for finals football after falling 1-0 to Melbourne Knights last week while Pascoe Vale will be looking to gain some breathing space from a clutch of teams level with them on 18 points. Until a fortnight ago Pascoe Vale had just the one win at C.B. Smith Reserve this season but wins against Heidelberg United & Northcote City have seen their home form-line improve. Port Melbourne are hunting redemption after disappointing results in both the FFA Cup and the league against Melbourne Knights last week. This will be Port Melbourne’s sixth successive away game across the two competitions and they will be seeking the third from that period.

The reverse fixture in Round 5 was a memorable encounter, goals to Luca Santilii and David Stirton saw the match poised at 1-1 before both sides had a man sent off, it the score remained that way until Jamie De Abreu’s sensational solo effort in the 91st minute sealed a 2-1 win for Port Melbourne.


Pascoe Vale FC v Port Melbourne SC

8:15pm, Friday June 24, 2016.

C.B. Smith Reserve, Fawkner

Twitter: Live updates from @PMSCSharks, #PVvPM #PS4NPLVIC

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Port Melbourne SC appoint Assistant Manager

Port Melbourne Soccer Club is pleased to welcome Zeljko Kuzman to the club as Senior Assistant Manager.

With 9 crucial games remaining in the NPL Victoria season to secure finals football, Manager Eric Vassiliadis has looked to bolster his coaching staff to give the club the best possible chance of achieving both it’s short term & long term goals.

“We’re very excited to bring Zeljko in as part of the PMSC family. We respect his his program and coaching ability both on and off the park. I know he will bring us a fresh perspective and we hope, together with our existing  senior coaches, that he will help us maximise our chances of success this year and beyond.”

Zeljko is enthusiastic about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the club

“I am thrilled to joined the Port Melbourne Sharks for the remainder of the 2016 NPL campaign. I look forward to working with Eric, his staff and the playing group.”

We wish Zeljko all the best in his new role.

MATCH REPORT | Sharks secure victory against MV Youth

Port Melbourne SC defeated Melbourne Victory Youth 1-2 in a rain-soaked affair on Sunday afternoon at Epping Stadium to return to winning ways in the league and remain within striking distance of the top 6.

New signing Luke Gavalas made his first appearance for the club in goal, along with Tyler James making his first start following a brief cameo in the mid-week cup game. It was an otherwise unsettled line-up for the Sharks as they took on a Melbourne Victory side that was looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats.

Port Melbourne started brightly with Bonel Obradovic unleashing a powerful shot within the first minute to make an early statement of intent. The breakthrough for Port came in the 18th minute when Adrian Zahra switched the play to right wing to release Jamie De Abreu. De Abreu was able to cut inside and opened the scoring with a left-footed finish that beat Victory ‘keeper Wyatt Chant at his near post. The lead only lasted 5 minutes however, with John Maclean’s cross from the right finding Joey Katebian, his effort hit the crossbar before the rebound fell to Jordan Brown and he was able to capitalise to even the score at 1-1. After losing David Stirton at half-time to injury, the challenge became even greater after Adrian Zahra also came off injured in the 67th minute prompting a re-shuffle to the line-up. Despite the adversity, Port asserted their authority on the contest and were able to break the deadlock in the 80th minute with Jamie De Abreu securing his brace after cutting inside from the left wing and forcing a strong save from Wyatt Chant, before collecting the rebound & finishing with a pin-point effort just inside the near post again. This sealed a valuable 1-2 win for the Sharks who were determined to restore their league form having tasted success in the FFA Cuo during the week.

The result sees Port Melbourne move up to 7th position on the table and the win seals a ‘double’ for the club against Melbourne Victory Youth in 2016, having won the initial encounter in Round 2 with the scoreline 1-0 on that occasion. The match at Epping Stadium was the first in a run of four away games for the Sharks, with the next match coming on Friday, June 10 against South Melbourne FC at Lakeside Stadium.

FINAL SCORE: Melbourne Victory Youth 1-2 Port Melbourne SC (HT: 1-1)

Venue: Epping Stadium
Date: Sunday 5 June 2016

Melbourne Victory FC Youth :
1. Wyatt Chant (GK), 2. John VAKIRTZIS, 3. Callum GOULDING, 4. Matt HENNESSEY, 13. Oliver PATERNO, 15. Josh HOPE, 16. Jordan BROWN (8. Anthony DUZEL 65’), 10. Seb PASQUALI, 9. Michael HOLDEN (14. Christian THEOHAROUS 78’), 11. John MACLEAN (7. Andre MCNAMARA 82’), 33. Joey KATEBIAN.
Unused Subs: 20. Majak MAWITH (GK), 5. James XYDIAS

Port Melbourne SC:
28. Luke GAVALAS (GK), 20. Tyler JAMES, 19. Shaun KELLY (C), 23. Jacob ELIOPOULOS, 3. James RICCOBENE, 2. Andrew VIOLA, 8. Bonel OBRADOVIC, 7. Jamie DE ABREU, 17. Erhan YALAZ (22. Ryan OPPERMANN 61’), 9. Adrian ZAHRA (4. James KARVELIS 67′), 10. David STIRTON (12. Alec GOODWIN 46′).
Unused Subs: 1. James KAPURANOVSKI (GK), 14. Trent MANICAS

Port sinks Victory

Football returned home Friday night to SS Anderson Reserve, and with it came excitement. After last week’s stalemate with Oakleigh, it was vital to start the season off with a bang.

Home points are important, so with a string of four consecutive home games coming up, this was the perfect scenario playing against a Melbourne Victory team full of youth.

Adrian Zahra returned to the squad from injury after missing last week. The news that youngster George Krommidas would miss the entire season win an ACL injury during the week was added motivation.

Stjepan Gal was kept busy in the opening quarter of the game. Though the rest of the first half was played out like a game of chess between both midfields. No one wanted to take too many risks.

David Stirton found space hard to come by, though towards the latter part of the first half he found managed to create some space and muster a couple of shots.

With the first half in stoppage time Jamie De Abreu broke the deadlock to give the Sharks a one-nil lead. You could sense the pressure in the crowd being released just that little bit considering the amount of numbers Victory had behind the ball.

The second half was much of the same, though Victory found space out wide on both flanks and at times through the middle of the park which forced Port skipper Alan Kearney to be quite busy.

Alec Goodwin, Erhan Yalaz and Adrian Zahra all got game time, with the latter having come back from a minor leg injury.

A much needed victory and three points with Port Melbourne hosting South Melbourne under Friday night lights in round three.

“The result is first and foremost, after that, you start to analyse how that came about and what else could have been.”

[I’m happy with the] clean sheet, I thought the desire was where it needed to be.” Port Melbourne coach Eric Vassiliadis said.

Credit to: Jason Heidrich photography for the image

Cannons and Sharks all square

The Victorian National Premier League season kicked off last night with Oakleigh Cannons hosting Port Melbourne Sharks.

The Sharks traveled to to Jack Edwards Reserve with seven new faces in a new look team for Eric Vassiliadis. Both teams having had solid preseason hit outs started off reasonably slow in attack with the game flowing from end to end in the early stages.

Led by stand-in captain Alan Kearney in the middle of the park, the Sharks started to find their rhythm in the latter stages of the first half as they looked out on both flanks with Jamie De Abreu and Ryan Oppermann finding space behind the Cannons defense.

New addition David Stirton managed to have the odd chance hear and there though his work rate was brilliant given the amount of space he had to work in was very limited.

Things changed in the second half with both teams starting to tire. Oppermann came off with a slight groin injury in the middle of the half, though that was more caution than anything else. Erhan Yalaz came on with immediate affect. His pace in the front third was noticeable as the Sharks looked for the opening goal.

The match was evenly poised towards the end with both teams having an array of chance, though failing to convert. Vassiliadis would be pleased to see that his new faces have settled in well , so early in the season where points are vital in setting up the season.A point for both teams in what was an evenly contested game.

Port Melbourne play Melbourne Victory at home next Friday night as SS Anderson Reserve at 8.30 PM

AUDIO | Match report – Port Melbourne vs Bentleigh Greens




Port Melbourne 2 (Krommidas 6′, Ibrahim 17′) drew with Bentleigh Greens 2 (Lucas 22′, Holmes 82′) at JL Murphy Reserve. 

Port Melbourne: Stark, Kelly, Viola (Reddan), Kearney, Zahra (Oppermann), Ibrahim, Davies, Riccobene, Krousoratis, Krommidas (Milicevic), Mulcahy

Yellow Card: Mulcahy (83′)

Red Card (s): Nil

Bentleigh Greens: Bray, Webster, McCormick, Wallace, Lucas, Holmes, Kirk, Visevic, De Vries, Pilkington, Topalovic

Yellow Card: Nil

Red Card (s): Nil

Match preview: Werribee City v Port Melbourne Sharks

Werribee City v Port Melbourne Sharks
3:00pm, Sunday, July 19, 2015
Galvin Park, Werribee
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, ‪#‎WCvPM #PS4NPLVIC

Last round:
Pascoe Vale 4-0 Werribee City
Port Melbourne Sharks 3-0 Dandenong Thunder


Last time they met:
Port Melbourne Sharks 0-0 Werribee City

A win for Port Melbourne Sharks over Dandenong Thunder last week has alleviated fears of relegation this season.

It can confirm its top-flight spot this weekend against Werribee City, who has plenty of work to turn its fortunes around.

New coach Tony Trifunov had a baptism of fire last weekend against Pascoe Vale, and this is a big chance for his side to grab three points.

Six games remain for Werribee City, and it needs to stop its bad run of results or face playing NPL1 football next season.

AUDIO | Match report: Port Melbourne v Dandenong Thunder


Port Melbourne 3 (Krousoratis 7′, 45′, Riccobene 49′) defeated by Dandenong Thunder 0 at JL Murphy Reserve. 

Port Melbourne: Stark, Mulcahy, Viola, Riccobene, Zahra, Davies (Milicevic 55′), Krommidas, Ibrahim (Kioussis 77′), Kearney (Grossman 70′), Krousoratis, Kelly.

Yellow Card: Mulcahy (26′),

Red Card (s): Nil

Dandenong Thunder: Zeneli, Musedinovski, Tavsanciouglu, Barnes, Ibraimi, Purcell, Elmazovski, Ahmed, Paterson, Salvatore, Korcari.

Yellow Card: Paterson (53′), Barnes (90′)

Red Card (s): Nil


Match preview: Port Melbourne vs Avondale Heights

Port Melbourne v Avondale FC
8.15pm, Friday, June 19, 2015
JL Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne
Twitter: Live updates @nplvictoria, #‎PMvAFC #‎PS4NPLVIC

Last round:
Heidelberg United 2 – 1 Port Melbourne
Avondale FC 0 – 0 Pascoe Vale


Last time they met:
Avondale FC 0 – 0 Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne showed a lot of promise in the first half of the season.

The Sharks were sitting pretty in fifth place after Round 13, but as the transfer window slammed shut and Port brought in a few fresh faces, Eric Vassiliadis’ boys struggled to gel.

They come into this match with three losses on the trot and in its lowest position of the ladder so far this season.

Meanwhile Avondale – another team with a busy transfer window – hasn’t had a win in the last five weeks.

But things are improving slowly for Anthony Barbieri’s men.

They’re also without a loss in three weeks, and given new signings Massimo Murdocca and Francesco Stella have now had time to gel with the rest of the squad, the two could make a real difference tonight.

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