Avondale, Pascoe Vale play out bore draw
Avondale and Pascoe Vale have played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon in Round 16 of NPL Victoria.
In a match of few chances, neither side could clinch the all important three points.
The opening quarter of an hour showed promising signs from both sides, the most notable being a long range strike from Paco frontman Davey Van 't Schip whose dipping strike flew just over the crossbar.
12 minutes later, Pascoe Vale looked to have taken the lead as a Luca Santilli cross found midfielder Michael Ferrante who rounded the keeper and finished with aplomb.
But Ferrante’s celebrations were halted by the raised flag of the referee’s assistant.
Avondale’s first chance of the afternoon fell just on 28 minutes as Jacob Colosimo found himself one on one with Paco custodian Alex Pavlidis.
A brilliant smother from Pavlidis meant the score remained 0-0.
The remainder of the half saw little more than a few hopeful long balls from both sides but for one exception from Pascoe Vale, as a stinging free kick from Ferrante flew through a sea of legs and just beyond the right post.
The second half didn't begin as lively as the first as both sides looked bereft of dangerous attacking options.
The opening 20 minutes of the second half gave referee Patrick Chaplin a fair bit to deal with as both Ferrante and Avondale’s Zoran Pajic were booked for their choice words toward the man in yellow.
The only real chance of the second half looked sure to give Paco the long awaited opener as another great cross from Santilli found Mat Lazarides at the back post.
However his half volley flew agonisingly wide of the left post.
The remainder of the match saw a two more bookings for Avondale as they seemed the more weary of the two sides to concede a late winner.
Next week sees Avondale travel to JL Murphy Reserve to face Port Melbourne on Friday night and Pascoe Vale face a tricky fixture against Northcote City at John Cain Memorial Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Pascoe Vale 0 drew with Avondale FC 0 at Doyle Street Reserve, Avondale Heights
Pascoe Vale: 35. Alexander Pavlidis, 2. Adrian Talarico, 4. Adam Nakic, 7. Luca Santilli, 8 Joseph Youssef, 10. Davey Van’t Schip, 13. Mathew Lazarides, 16. Tomislav Milardovic, 18. Tom Black, 21. Michael Ferrante, 23. Jake Halliday
Unused Subs: 1. Dennys Martin 19. Andrew Scicluna, 3. Nathen Megic, 11. Carlos Matti
Yellow Cards: Michael Ferrante 53’
Red Cards: Nil
Avondale FC: 20. Frazer Siddal, 4. Jacob Colosimo (6. Anthony Strano 91’), 5. Jeffrey Fleming, 8 Massimo Murdocca, 9. Alex Khrapko, 11. Francesco Stella, 13. Michele Crazia, 15. Zoran Pajic, 16. Matthew Sanders, 17. Phillip Riccobene, 19. James Principato
Yellow Cards: Zoran Pajic 61’, Phillip Riccobene 80’, Jeffrey Fleming 87’
Red Cards: Nil
Unused Subs: 1. Chris Maynard, 10. Burakhan Koca, 24. Chris Galea, 37. Mitchell Vasilj