Green Gully and Northcote are ruing their wasted chances
after they played out a 1-1 draw in a fiery encounter at
Green Gully Reserve, on Saturday afternoon.
It was Gully who took the lead through Johnathan Munoz,
who scored an absolute stunning goal, before James
Kalifatidis converted from the spot, just before the
But both sides had ample chances to find the winner with
Joel Nikolic, Jason Hayne, and Kalifatidis the culprits
as both sides defended desperately.
The encounter was also very fiery as six yellow cards
were handed out, as the two sides battled and got stuck
Meanwhile Jonathan Voulgaris was a stand out for City,
splitting the Gully defence a number of times, whilst
finding strike partner Kalifatidis.
Gully pressured early and deservedly took the lead
through Munoz. The Gully midfielder touched, before
emphatically striking on the volley past Chris
Theodoridis from the edge of the box, a truly stunning
The Cavaliers were mounting the pressure as they looked
to extend their lead, with Hayne, Munoz and Osagie
Ederaro all threatening out wide.
Northcote couldn't muster a chance until just before the
break, but Kalifatidis scuffed his effort, after pouncing
on Roddy Vargas' slip.
But City had a chance to go into the break level, as
Jonathan Voulgaris was pushed in the box by Nikolic.
Kalifatidis stepped up and successful converted, but
Azcurra ordered a retake. However Kalifatidis had the
composure to convert once again.
Nikolic had a chance to redeem himself seconds before the
half-time whistle, but the Northcote defence cleared the
forward's goal bound header off the line.
The second period started off at a high pace with both
sides creating opportunities, but Nikolic had a strike
wonderfully saved by Theodoridis, before Nikola Roganovic
The chances continued to be created but Kalifatidis
butchered another one, after chipping wide.
The Cavaliers started to push for a winner, but Nikolic
and Hayne continued to waste their chances, which
resulted in the former being substituted.
Kalifatidis had a huge chance to find the winner as his
strike went through the hands of Roganovic, but Jones
magnificently cleared off the line.
With the last kick of the game the hosts should have
found the winner, but Hayne's fantastic first-time drive
was saved by Theodoridis, for the points to be
Green Gully Coach Ian Dobson definitely thought it came
down to not finishing the opportunities.
"We create chances and the team is playing well, but
things aren't going for us either, we aren't taking the
opportunities that present itself, but I thought it was a
much improved performance."
Northcote City Coach Goran Lozanovski believed his side
could have snatched the three points.
"We were fortunate that we hung in with one goal only,
then we equalised. Second-half I thought they were quite
good but we had our chances and probably could have
Green Gully would hope they can secure their first three
points in five as the Cavs host Bentleigh Greens next
Saturday, whereas Northcote travel to Richmond on Friday
night in hope City can get back on the winning track.
GREEN GULLY: 2. Daniel JONES, 5. Rodrigo VARGAS, 6.
Stephen DOWNES, 8. Jason HAYNE, 9. Brent FISHER (22.
Muhamed CHAWK 90+1'), 11. Scott ROBSON, 17. Andy VARGAS,
18. Joel NIKOLIC (12. Matthew SANDERS 75'), 19. Jonathon
MUNOZ, 20. Osagie EDERERO, 23. Nikola ROGANOVIC
UNUSED SUBS: 1. Michael O'FARREL, 3. Ante CICAK, 21.
GOAL: Munoz (21')
YELLOW CARDS: Jones (59'), Hayne (69'), Robson (71')
NORTHCOTE CITY: 2. Adriano CHIAPPETTA, 3. Kristian
KONSTANTINIDIS, 5. Bradley TRELOAR, 7. Dean PIEMONTE, 8.
James KALIFATIDIS, 10. Alex ROJAS (14. Pasquale VIZZARI
74'), 11. Jonathon VOULGARIS (19. Matthew DEMO 88'), 12.
Hayden D'AGOSTINO, 16. Paul SAVIO, 20. Parys OKAI,
22. Chris THEODORIDIS
UNUSED SUBS: 1. Keith GALLAGHER, 17. Ricardo GONZALEZ,
18. Antoni JANKOVSKI