The Latest Middle Park FC News

  • SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER: ENGLAND vs SCOTLAND (15:30 k/o) Middle Park is set to play host to one of the oldest rivalries in sport on Saturday, 22nd October. Teams have been created from local amateurs, and will go head to head in the inaugural Ballantyne-Whiting Cup. The English team included Middle Park representation by current and past players such as Matt Cosentino, Mike Ward, Nathan Meade and Teon Haywood. The Scottish team includes Middle Park representation by the rock solid pairing of Jamie Caldwell and Kev Mullen, in addition to Gordon Davies and, errr Brenton Dunne. Should you wish to join Middle Park for the 2017 season, get in contact or come down to watch. The bar will be open and

  • Round 10:            Dingley 2 – 2 Middle Park The Parkers came from a goal down, to lead, and had several chances to run out winners. Unfortunately late goal from the home side ensured it was honours even. Goals: Mike Ward, David Robin   Round 11:            South Yarra 0 – 1 Middle Park A tight, highly competitive derby was settled in the 90th minute. A long throw was headed on, where it fell to Kenji, who magically looped the ball over the keeper with the side of his foot. Delirium on the sidelines, and a result that takes the Parkers to being unbeaten in five. Goals: Kenji Sokriansky   Round 12:            Middle Park 0 – 3 Mazenod After conceding two goals

  • Middle Park 4 – 0 Croydon   The yellow men continued their revival with an impressive four-nil home win against bottom side Croydon. Mike Ward scored two first half goals, with two from striker Andy Gibson – his first for the club.   Eccentric Kazakhstani coach Helen made one change for the game; new signing Mark Knell replaced top scorer Blane, who was rested after an over-exertion at scouts.   It didn’t take long for the Parkers to get on the scoresheet. Kenji was brought down in the box, and Wardy stepped up to dispatch his second spot kick of the season.   Good play down the left between Sam and Cillian brought about the second. A deep cross was

  • Middle Park 1 – 0 Riversdale   First team debutant Dave Dundee (may not be real surname) scored a dramatic late winner to give the Parkers a second win.   It was Middle Park’s eighth game of the season, and first at home. With five points from the first seven, a win was needed.   Coach Helen kept faith with his back five; birthday boy Marshall, Sam left back, Brenton right back and Hadrian’s Wall in the middle. Cillian kept his place on the right, with Matty and Wardy played in the middle. A tactical changed was made on the right – Kenji returning to the right hand side, in place of Stevo who took over warm up duties. Blane

  • Ashburton 1 – 1 Middle Park   What might have been. What should have been.   Middle Park were left to rue a series of missed second half chances, as Ashburton equalised in the last five minutes via an unfortunate own goal.   Ashburton has been a happy hunting ground for the Parkers, and the game was an opportunity to add three points to improving performances.   In hurricane conditions, the yellow men played the first half with the wind. A scrappy first half – the Parkers struggled to put more than three passes together, and the home team failed to threaten in front of goal.   Baby faced assassin Blane opening the scoring on 35 minutes. Presented with a

  • Eltham Redbacks 2 – 1 Middle Park   The Parkers succumbed to their fourth loss of the term, with a disappointing loss away to Eltham.   Slow starts have been Middle Park’s Achilles heel, and this game proved no exception; one down within ten minutes, after lazy marking.   The Parkers improved midway through the first half, with Kenji impressing on the right. His creativity brought the best chance of the half, with Blane firing against the post.   Eltham doubled their lead shortly before the break – poor control in midfield allowed the home side to break, and despite the striker looking offside, the goal stood.   The Parkers were rarely threatened in the second half, controlling the majority

  • MPFCs U11 Kangaroo squad were invited by South Melbourne Football Club (SMFC) to feature in the NPL Round 8 senior match at the Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park on Sunday 17 April. SMFC (top of ladder) met 4th placed Oakleigh Cannons. The U11 squad walked the Oakleigh Cannons team onto the field and played against their SMFC peers during the half-time break. Jack and Luc wrote the following about this experience: “On Sunday 17 April we were very excited to go walk the players onto the pitch, the crowd was roaring and we were very nervous for the half-time friendly. We could hear the drumming of the drum. And when we turned to face the camera we could hear and

  • Monbulk 3 – 1 Middle Park   The Parkers were soundly beaten for the third time in five outings, away to high flying Monbulk. The squad were perhaps under-prepared, having not trained on Thursday to ensure sufficient time to arrive at Monbulk in time for the Friday night, 11pm kick-off. Ally Cook and Eric missed the game, and were replaced by centre half Jamie, and winger Jamie. Sam returned to full back, with skipper Matty reverting back to midfield.  The Parkers started poorly, and found themselves two down within twenty minutes. Firstly, a long ball from the keeper was misread by the defence, allowing the striker to run in behind, and nod the ball over the oncoming Marshall. A brave

  • Knox 0 – 0 Middle Park The Parkers put in a strong performance to come away with a credible point away at Knox. A strong, resolute, defensive performance could have delivered all three points, but a good chance late on went begging. This result followed an identical 0-0 score line from the reserve team fixture. Clearly each club had been so impressed with the opposition’s goal threat, that a 4-6 formation was employed on either side. This was bad news for all the fans who had turned up to view an afternoon of goals, and who paid $5 for the courtesy. Loyal supporters were rumoured to be rioting in the bingo halls of Knox on Saturday. For the Parkers, after

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