Eight of the best from Heart Youth
by Tomasz Ng:
Foxtel National Youth Leage 2013/14, Round 16
2:30pm, Saturday 15 February – Epping Stadium, Melbourne
Melbourne Heart FC 8
(Schoren 5’, Mifsud 17’, 34’, 45’, Dao 73’, Andrijasevic 81’, Katebian 90’, Retre 90’+3 )
Australian Institute of Sport 1
Melbourne Heart recorded their biggest ever National Youth League win after thrashing the AIS 8-1 at Epping Stadium.
Michael Mifsud responded to being dropped for the first team by scoring a hat trick, while there were individual goals to Marcus Schroen, Alexander Dao, Stipo Andrijasevic and Joseph Katebian.
Darcy Madden did grab a consolation goal for the visitors but his team were well and truly beaten on the day.
The home side started brightly, and went ahead in the fifth minute after Schroen latched onto the cross from the right wing and rifled a half volley past the keeper.
Heart did not let up any pressure and should’ve gone ahead six minutes later, after Mifsud missed the ball altogether and Andrew Mullet’s follow up shot was cleared off the line.
The Maltese international made amends however when he got in behind from a Paulo Retre through ball, and slotted a finish past a stranded Jordan Thurtell.
Mifsud was showing plenty of promising signs after being dropped from the senior squad, and almost set up Schroen for his second, but after composing himself, his shot was brilliantly saved by Thurtell who stuck out a paw to block the shot.
The two of them were involved again a couple of minutes later, with Schroen challenging Thurtell for a ball, but the keeper couldn’t punch it away and Mifsud slammed home from close range.
Having been under pressure for the entire half, the AIS did have a chance to pull a goal back through Marc Marino, but his shot was weak and rolled kindly into Philip Petrovski’s hands.
Mifsud then missed another sitter of his own, when he rounded Thurtell who was well out of his area, but only shot into the side netting.
He finally rounded off his hat trick on the stroke of half time when he pounced on a loose ball after Thurtell brilliantly saved a couple of efforts from Ersin Kaya.
The second period took a while to get going, but a flurry of goals ensued in the last 20 minutes.
Madden kicked off the glut of goals when he won the ball in the opposition half, strode to the edge of the box and powered an effort past the keeper to pull one back for the AIS.
But Dao produced an immediate reply, when Andrijasevic crossed from the byline on the left flank, leaving Dao with a simple tap in from six yards.
Andrijasevic then got his name on the scoresheet, after he produced a wonderful half volley to dispatch a deep cross from Jeremy Walker.
Having earlier seen a diving header brilliantly saved by Thurtell, Katebian then made it seven for the hosts after being played in by Espindola, and smashing a shot to the far post.
As if that wasn’t enough, Paulo Retre then smashed a penalty into the top corner after Schroen was felled in the area.
It was a comprehensive result in the end, and Heart will no doubt be pleased with their record breaking effort.
Melbourne Heart FC:
16. Philip Petrovski [GK], 2. Jeremy Walker, 3. Philip Petreski, 4. Andrew Mullett, 5. Ross Archibald (c), 6. Alexander Dao, 8. Paulo Retre, 9. Michael Mifsud (11. Stipo Andrijasevic +61’), 10. Marcus Schroen, 14. Ersin Kaya (13. Joseph Katebian +61’), 15. Sam Mitchinson (7. Hernan Espindola +61’)
Unused Substitutes: 1. Marko Stevanja [GK]
Yellow Cards: Katebian 67’, Petreski 68’
Red Cards: Nil
Australian Institute of Sport:
1. Jordan Thurtell [GK], 2. Darcy Madden, 4. Benjamin Warland, 6. Matthew Ntoumenopoulos (19. Bright Appiah +59’), 11. Marc Marino, 12. Mark Ochieng, 16. Jordan Pudler, 17. Anthony Kalik, 18. Alexander Gersbach, 21. George Timotheu (9. Todd Norris +46’), 23. Rocco Pizzata (3. Brendan Gonano +46’)
Unused Substitutes: 30. Lucas Spinella [GK]
Yellow Cards: Norris 89’
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Patrick Chaplin
Assistants: Adam Bavcar, Jack Morgan, Harley Natis
Pitch Rating: 7/10
Game Rating: 9/10
Ones to watch: Alexander Dao, Marcus Schroen (MHT) Marc Marino, Anthony Kalik, Mark Ochieng, Jordan Thurtell (AIS)
By Tomasz Ng