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Dejan Kalinic and David Manuca take you through all the action from Round 4 of the Victorian Premier League

ANALYSIS
By Dejan Kalinic and David Manuca

Results

Hume City 1-3 Bentleigh Greens, Richmond 1-1 South Melbourne, Green Gully 1-2 Oakleigh Cannons, Southern Stars 2-2 Heidelberg United, Moreland Zebras 0-3 Dandenong Thunder, Melbourne Knights 1-2 Northcote City


THE WEEKEND STORY

Dandenong Thunder made it four wins from as many games to start the season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over the struggling Moreland Zebras. In the grand final replay, a brace from Jesse Krncevic saw Oakleigh to a come-from-behind 2-1 win against reigning champions Green Gully. South Melbourne were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Richmond, who finished the encounter with nine men. Heidelberg United picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw at Southern Stars, while Bentleigh Greens upset Hume City 3-1. Northcote City jumped into the top six, as Dean Piemonte's winner helped them to a 2-1 win over Melbourne Knights.


THE STANDINGS

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Dandenong Thunder

4

4

0

0

12

0

+12

12

2

Bentleigh Greens

4

3

0

1

9

4

+5

9

3

Oakleigh Cannons

4

3

0

1

7

5

+2

9

4

South Melbourne

4

2

1

1

9

5

+4

7

5

Richmond

4

2

1

1

5

3

+2

7

6

Northcote City

4

2

1

1

6

5

+1

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Green Gully Cavaliers

4

2

0

2

9

7

+2

6

8

Hume City

4

1

1

2

4

7

-3

4

9

Southern Stars

4

1

1

2

4

9

-5

4

10

Melbourne Knights

4

1

0

3

4

6

-2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Heidelberg United

4

0

1

3

2

9

-7

1

12

Moreland Zebras

4

0

0

4

1

12

-11

0

GOALS

5 - Luke SHERBON (Dandenong Thunder)

3 - Ricky DIACO (Oakleigh Cannons), Josh KWEIFIO-OKAI (Richmond), Nate FOSTER (Dandenong Thunder)

2 - Scott BULLOCH (Bentleigh Greens), Luke O'DEA (Bentleigh Greens), Kyle JORYEFF (South Melbourne), Mathew SANDERS (Green Gully Cavaliers), James KALIFATIDIS (Northcote City), Daniel VISEVIC (Richmond), Milos LUJIC (Northcote City), Jason HAYNE (Green Gully Cavaliers), Trent RIXON (South Melbourne), Phil ARNOLD (Bentleigh Greens), Osagie EDERARO (Green Gully Cavaliers), Jesse KRNCEVIC (Oakleigh Cannons), Saso ALEXOVSKI (Heidelberg United), Liam KEARNEY (Dandenong Thunder)


PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Jesse Krncevic

Oakleigh Cannons extracted some revenge over the side that defeated them in the 2011 Victorian Premier League grand final with a 2-1 win over Green Gully on Saturday. The hero for Oakleigh was substitute striker Jesse Krncevic, who came on shortly after half-time, scoring two goals to help the Cannons to victory. Gully led 1-0 at the break but a Krncevic penalty with fifteen minutes to play and another goal on 86 minutes turned the game around and condemned Green Gully to their first loss at home in over a year.

AFTERTHOUGHTS

"Moreland and Heidelberg United continue to struggle, but they should remain confident of moving out of the drop zone. The likes of Hume City, Melbourne Knights and Southern Stars will seemingly continue to have rollercoaster seasons in their hopes to move further clear of the bottom two. But points are needed sooner rather than later, and Heidelberg will get their chance after the one-week break when they host Hume at Olympic Park."
- Dejan

"It was no surprise to see Dandenong Thunder make it four wins from four on the weekend, but what did surprise me was South Melbourne slipping up again. With only one point from their last two games they now sit in fourth, five points off Dandenong in first. Just maybe they will not be such a force this season like many people predicted. Or it could just be a case of the side not entirely gelling yet."
- David

THE NUMBERS

12 - the number of goals Dandenong have scored and Moreland have conceded in four games

3 - the number of draws in 24 matches this season

3.08 - the average number of goals per game so far this campaign

TWEETS OF THE WEEK

@dalmanac: "Franjic having flashbacks of being back in the #VPL with that cross #ALeagueGF"

@Sachk0: "Word is Kevin Muscat will replace Andy Vlahos at Heidelberg United. #mvfc #vpl"

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