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Dejan Kalinic and David Manuca take you through all the action from Round 10 of the Victorian Premier League

ANALYSIS
By Dejan Kalinic and David Manuca

Results

Bentleigh Greens 1-0 South Melbourne, Hume City 1-1 Southern Stars, Dandenong Thunder 3-0 Green Gully, Northcote City 3-2 Oakleigh Cannons, Melbourne Knights 1-0 Richmond, Heidelberg United 0-4 Moreland Zebras

THE WEEKEND STORY

Melbourne Knights' revival under Andrew Marth continued with a 1-0 win over out-of-form Richmond, as Ben Surey netted the only goal of the game. Dandenong Thunder extended their unbeaten start to the season to 10 matches with a 3-0 thrashing of Green Gully. South Melbourne saw their winless run stretched to four matches after a shock 1-0 loss to Bentleigh. Moreland Zebras thrashed Heidelberg United 4-0 in a relegation six-pointer, with former Melbourne Heart midfielder Kristian Sarkies debuting for the 'Bergers. Northcote City edged Oakleigh 3-2 and Hume City settled for a 1-1 draw against the Southern Stars.

THE STANDINGS

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Dandenong Thunder

10

8

2

0

23

3

+20

26

2

Bentleigh Greens

10

6

1

3

18

13

+5

19

3

Northcote City

10

6

1

3

16

15

+1

19

4

Oakleigh Cannons

10

5

2

3

15

12

+3

17

5

Hume City

10

5

2

3

11

10

+1

17

6

Green Gully

10

5

0

5

14

14

0

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Melbourne Knights

10

4

0

6

10

12

-2

12

8

Southern Stars

10

3

3

4

11

16

-5

12

9

South Melbourne

10

3

2

5

12

12

0

11

10

Richmond

10

2

4

4

10

12

-2

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Moreland Zebras

10

2

1

7

12

19

-7

7

12

Heidelberg United

10

1

2

7

8

22

-14

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOALS

7 -
Nate FOSTER (Dandenong Thunder), Luke SHERBON (Dandenong Thunder)

6 - James KALIFATIDIS (Northcote City), Ricky DIACO (Oakleigh Cannons)

5 - Jason HAYNE (Green Gully Cavaliers)

4 - Liam KEARNEY (Dandenong Thunder)

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Melbourne Knights

The Knights picked up an impressive and important three points against Richmond on Sunday. They have been re-energised with the appointment of Andrew Marth and return of captain Ben Surey, who score the winning goal against Richmond. It was a great performance by the side, with Richmond never looking like scoring against a resilient Knights defence. The win moves the Knights from 10th to an impressive seventh, just five points out of the finals positions. 

AFTERTHOUGHTS

"The Marth-led Melbourne Knights have turned their season around. Consecutive 1-0 league wins have seen the powerhouses move into seventh in a congested lower half of the table. After looking set for a relegation dogfight earlier in the campaign, the Knights all of a sudden look capable of sneaking into the bottom half of the six. A clash against the Southern Stars on Saturday night will allow them to stake their claim."
- Dejan

"While Dandenong continue to dominate and South Melbourne continue to struggle, Northcote City's impressive run has gone somewhat unnoticed. City sit a very respectable third on the table after winning their fourth consecutive game on Sunday, a thriller against the Oakleigh Cannons. After losing arguably their three best players in the off-season, their performances so far this season have been nothing short of briliant."
- David

THE NUMBERS

10 -
Dandenong's unbeaten streak

1 - the number of points Heidelberg have picked up in six home matches

7 -
Richmond's winless run

TWEETS OF THE WEEK

@textureclash: "
How about @MelbKnights three on the trot. Go Stabber Marth. V sad about poor old @hufcwarrior however. #vpl"

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