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Ante Jukic takes you through all the action from Round 17 of the Victorian Premier League, including a five-star win for second-placed Oakleigh Cannons

ANALYSIS
By Ante Jukic

Results

Bentleigh Greens 3-3 Dandenong Thunder, Oakleigh Cannons 5-0 Southern Stars, Green Gully 3-3 Richmond, Northcote City 3-1 Moreland Zebras, Heidelberg United 2-1 Melbourne Knights, South Melbourne 2-1 Hume City

THE WEEKEND STORY

Mathew Theodore’s injury-time strike helped Dandenong Thunder salvage a draw against in-form Bentleigh Greens, who were 2-0 up at half-time on Friday. Oakleigh, meanwhile, took full advantage with their 5-0 demolition of Southern Stars. On Saturday, Green Gully also came back from two goals down to snatch a point at home to Richmond, as Northcote City bounced back from their loss to Dandenong by defeating Moreland 3-1 at John Cain Reserve. A Sasho Alexovski brace secured Heidelberg's first home win of the season, in their 2-1 triumph over Melbourne Knights.  South Melbourne completed the round's play when they defeated Hume City 2-1 at Lakeside on Sunday.

THE STANDINGS

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Dandenong Thunder

17

11

4

2

36

12

+24

37

2

Oakleigh Cannons

17

10

3

4

31

20

+11

33

3

Green Gully Cavaliers

17

9

3

5

27

21

+6

30

4

Northcote City

17

8

4

5

24

25

-1

28

5

Bentleigh Greens

17

8

3

6

30

22

+8

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hume City

17

7

3

7

21

19

+2

24

7

South Melbourne

17

7

3

7

24

24

0

24

8

Richmond

17

5

7

5

23

22

+1

22

9

Melbourne Knights

17

7

0

10

19

25

-6

21

10

Southern Stars

17

5

5

7

19

31

-12

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Moreland Zebras

17

3

2

12

20

34

-14

11

12

Heidelberg United

17

2

3

12

19

38

-19

9

GOALS

15 - Luke Sherbon (Dandenong)

10 – Nate Foster (Dandenong)

9 – Ricky Diaco (Oakleigh)

8 – Osagie Ederaro (Green Gully), Nick Hegarty (Hume City)

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Oakleigh Cannons

Oakleigh maintain their pressure on league-leading Dandenong Thunder.  It was some performance on Friday, with five different Cannons players finding their names on the scoresheet, against a Southern Stars side who continue their struggles post-transfer window. The controversy surrounding Huss Skenderovic's departure has not critically affected the Cannons, who have now picked up 10 points out of a possible last 12. Whether they can do it in the finals series is another matter, but with the likes of Danish signing Rasmus Festersen making an immediate impact, this could even be the year that the dreaded "Chokeleigh" tag is removed.

AFTERTHOUGHTS

In the midst of what has been a highly competitive Victorian Premier League season, the league’s long worried-for future looks up in the air, with Football Federation Victoria's strategic plan in response to the National Competition Review being put to league clubs tonight. With club officials and fans long believing in a lack of co-operation from the FFV, some even predict tonight’s findings to be another dagger into the clubs that have helped build the Australian game.


THE NUMBERS

4.5 - The average number of goals for this round of VPL matches

6 – The number of points separating fourth and eighth spot on the ladder

3 – The number of wins Heidelberg has claimed over Melbourne Knights this season, with their sole two in the league and one in the FFV Knockout Cup

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Angus Martin - @gusmartin6:
Scored my first ever #VPL goal today! Wasn't enough though. Keeping on fighting for survival though. #bosh

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