Friday, 1 July 2011

Kiss of Death, round 18, 2011

Scotch Watch
With Bentleigh winning and South losing last week, the Greens have drawn to within a point, and it looks like it will go right down to the wire.  

  • South Melbourne, 3rd place, 31 points, goal difference +3
  • Bentleigh Greens, 4th place, 30 points, goal difference +7 

Bentleigh Greens vs Richmond
4th vs 10th. It is imperative that Richmond stop Bentleigh's run and secure my bottle of scotch for season 2011. Both teams won 2-0 last week against their Balkan opponents, but Bentleigh is on the up and that is somewhat worrying. Hopefully Richmond can hold them back abit with a draw. I don’t care how many goals each team score, as long as they score the same amount. Bentleigh Greens 2 – Richmond 2.

Oakleigh Cannons vs Melbourne Knights
2nd vs 9th. Oakleigh were lucky against Heidelberg last week and didn’t impress me at all. Melbourne Knights looked rather compact against South and were able to beat them 1-0. I see Oakleigh having trouble tonight in containing the Knights. Oakleigh Cannons 1 – Melbourne Knights 2.

Green Gully Cavaliers vs Dandenong Thunder
7th vs 8th. Well. The bubble has finally burst down at Dandenong. Chris Taylor resigned on Monday night and six players walked out of the club due to alleged money issues. Looks like that FFV fine has finally started to bite. Green Gully copped four at Hume City, and Dandenong was walloped by a rampant Northcote 0-6 last weekend. I see Gully handing Dandenong another walloping this weekend.
Green Gully 4 – Dandenong Thunder 0.

Heidelberg United vs Northcote City
5th vs 6th. Northcote is knocking on Heidelberg's backside this weekend. If they win, then they take Heidelbergs spot in the top five. Bergers were unlucky at Oakleigh last weekend, and Northcote taught Dandenong a thing or six about how football is played. One question I’d like answered from George Katsakis. Why did Osagie play out wide on the left against Oakleigh? Surely he should’ve at least been moved to his striking role in the second half, and not with 15 minutes to go. George, if you read this blog, can you post a comment and answer it for me. Cheers. Northcote is travelling well, and should have a good game at the Village. Heidelberg United 3 – Northcote City 3.

Springvale White Eagles vs Hume City
12th vs 1st. Hume will have absolutely no issue in dispatching Springvale back to division one this weekend. I am so confident of Hume winning that no one can talk me out of it. Springvale had a mass exodus of players midweek and that will only kill the club's ambitions of staying up. What was an exciting team who went unbeaten during all their friendlies pre-season, has shown that they are just not up to Premier League standard at the moment. Hume is currently the benchmark team. Banging goals in left, right and centre. They will have a field day at the Srbski Sportski Centar, and annihilate the Eagles. Springvale White Eagles 0 – Hume City 8.

While almost certainly relegated, Dinamo are unlikely to have it rubbed in their faces like this.
South Melbourne vs St Albans
3rd vs 11th. What should be a regulation win for South, sadly will be made into a struggle for the three points. We have been in third spot for weeks, if not months, and seem to be stuck there. Teams above and below us are dropping points every week, yet we can’t seem to capitalise on it. They lose, we lose. They draw, we draw. They win, we win. We struggled at St. Albans on a compact ground, against a team that was happy to park the bus for 90 minutes. We played well against the Knights and copped a goal against the run of play. This week Eddie should have all the squad at his disposal and any injuries should be non-existent, unless I’ve missed someone. The only one who by my book won’t be available is Jesse who is currently suspended. This weekend is our chance to somewhat break away from fourth spot. Out of the next five games, only one team is currently in the top five. We need to collect at least 12 points from those games to be a serious finals contender, and not one that will drop out in the first game. South Melbourne 4 – St.Albans 0.

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