ROSEBUD and Football Victoria are on a collision course that could end up in court.
Last week FV emailed the local club to inform it of a three-point deduction for playing an ineligible player.
The player in question is Davis Markulin.
He received two yellow cards in Rosebud’s surprise 3-2 home loss to State 5 struggler Pakenham United in a round 12 clash on Saturday 10 June.
It’s understood that Rosebud approached the referee after the match and he agreed not to record the second caution.
Referees have to fill in teamsheets after each match recording the half-time and full-time scoreline, scorers, substitutions and yellow and red cards and the official Rosebud teamsheet for this match did not record Markulin being sent off.
Rosebud’s coach at the time was Paul Truman and earlier in the season he was shown a red card for dissent but after a discussion with the referee after the match (a 1-0 away loss to Aspendale) the official decided not to record the send-off and no suspension took place.
Rosebud expected a similar outcome to the Markulin case but went one step further by checking the suspensions register the following week.
It claims that Markulin was not listed so he played against Mentone in a round 13 match that Rosebud won 2-1.
That now has been recorded as a 3-0 walkover to Mentone and Rosebud is up in arms over the decision.
It claims that a couple of weeks after the Mentone match the suspensions register was updated and showed that Markulin had to serve an automatic one-match suspension.
The club complied and he stood out of the very next match (round 15) against Hampton Park United.
Rosebud has formally challenged FV’s decision and has engaged a lawyer.
In NPL2 news Langwarrin lost 2-0 away to promotion chasing Western United on Sunday.
The visitors were 2-0 down after 25 minutes and could have hit back in the 38th minute had Archie Macphee’s penalty attempt not been saved by United keeper Michael Vonja.
When United’s Zac Kocankovski was shown a second yellow in the 70th minute and Langy given a free-kick it was Vonja once more standing in the way this time pushing Tom Young’s attempt onto the post.
In State 1 news Mornington maintained its promotion push with a 4-1 away win over Richmond last Friday night.
Rory Currie’s predatory instincts put the Seagulls 1-0 up after six minutes but Richmond hit back with a fine low strike from just inside the area and the sides went in to the half-time break at 1-1.
In the 57th minute Currie turned provider when he cut the ball back from the left for Adam Hester who finished from close range.
Navin Velupillay, Hester and Ziggy Razuki were involved in an interpassing move in the 72nd minute with Razuki sliding the ball across the box for Shaun Kenny to make it 3-1 with a first-time finish.
That two-goal cushion was extended in the 83rd minute by super sub Kane Bentley who beat the offside trap then spotted the keeper off his line and neatly chipped him from outside the area.
In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers downed Heatherton United 2-1 at Centenary Park on Saturday.
Heatherton featured a raft of new signings while Strikers were without Huss Chehimi (suspended) and Jamie Davidson (injured in the warm-up) and were forced to substitute Cal Delaney and goalkeeper Faraz Zenoozi in the first half.
Riley Anderton put Strikers 1-0 up after six minutes with a low drive from just inside the area but Wumjock Jock levelled for Heatherton in the 14th minute.
Both sides had chances to take the lead in the second half but the breakthrough came in the 66th minute when Andrew Goff put the speedy Campbell Steedman through only to be brought down inside the area.
Anderton converted the resultant spot-kick and Strikers dug in and defended well for the remainder of the contest.
Other State 2 locals Skye United and Frankston Pines continue to flirt with relegation and face a challenging finale to the season.
Skye blew chance after chance at home to Mooroolbark on Saturday eventually going down 2-0 while Pines had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to North Caulfield.
Kaspar Fry scored for Pines.
In State 4 news Somerville Eagles overcame Endeavour United 2-1 away from home, Chelsea also enjoyed an away success comfortably accounting for Noble Park 4-1 while Baxter won 3-0 at home against Lyndale United last weekend.
Second half goals from Ronnie Krishnan and Joe Simmons put the Eagles 2-0 up before big Matty Durand pegged one back for Endeavour.
A feature of the match was the appearance of substitute Lucas Simmons who became the sixth member of the extended Simmons family to play for the Somerville seniors.
It took Chelsea just two minutes to hit the front against Noble Park when Lachlan Davies pounced on a defensive error and seven minutes later a superb low Adrian Pace cross was hit first time into the roof of the net by Adam Bartosy to make it 2-0.
Noble Park hit back through Dejan Popovic in the 53rd minute but a stunning Piers Brelsford chip from 30 metres eight minutes later made it 3-1.
Substitute Hamish Dorigo completed the scoreline in the 84th minute finishing well from another Pace cross.
Despite wasting a number of chances Baxter got the better of a determined Lyndale with the visitors content to sit back and get numbers behind the ball.
Dylan Murchie provided an early breakthrough but the home side had to wait until the 61st minute for Jack Elliott to give it breathing space and Keegan Myatt sealed the deal in the 90th minute.
“The goals were all the result of some great passing combinations and Jack Elliot’s goal highlighted the ball movement from one end to the other,” Baxter gaffer Stephen Fisher said.
In State 5 news Mount Martha claimed derby honours with a 3-1 win over Rosebud on Saturday.
Ethan Sanderson put the home side ahead after 11 minutes and eight minutes later Jaden Taberner increased the lead when he cut in from the left and struck a low shot into the bottom corner.
Rosebud hit back through leading scorer Noah Musso in the 22nd minute but right on half-time a cracking Mitch Hawkins free-kick that found the top corner gave Rosebud keeper Colin McCormack no chance.
Mount Eliza had a 5-2 home win over Pakenham United last weekend.
A match highlight was the performance of teenager Cohan King who was making his senior debut and gave the Pakenham defence a torrid time.
Player-coach Bryce Ruthven (two goals), Lachie Mitchell, Matt Sestanovich and Cohen were the home team’s scorers.
“I was really impressed with Cohan, who has just turned 18 and has had some injury problems this season so to play the way he did on debut was a credit to his attitude and persistence,” Ruthven said.
Harry McCartney reports that Seaford swamped cellar-dweller Barton United 9-0 at Barton Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Hat-tricks to teenager Esmat Ehsani and veteran Daniel Mota and goals from Michael Nobbs, Hayden Hicks and Chris Morel-Benoiton made it a day to remember for the visitors.
A match highlight was the penalty converted by goalkeeper Hicks who was celebrating his birthday.
His first attempt was parried but he followed up and buried the rebound before taking off on an elaborate goal celebration to mark the occasion.
Aspendale pushed champion elect Hampton Park United all the way before going down 3-2 at KM Reedy Reserve on Saturday.
The decisive goal came from a Hampton Park free-kick late in the second half with the ball skidding off the wet pitch and eluding Aspendale keeper Matthew Self.
Aspendale’s scorers were Jared Kilmartin and Blake Rosenberg and its best were Kieran Hughes, Self and Liam Norris.
NEXT WEEK’S GAMES
Friday 21 July, 8.30pm:
Chelsea v Keysborough, Edithvale Recreation Reserve
Saturday 22 July, 3pm:
Langwarrin v Manningham Utd Blues, Lawton Park
Gippsland Utd v Mornington, Baxter Park (Warragul)
Peninsula Strikers v Doncaster Rovers, Centenary Park
Sandown Lions v Baxter, Frederick Wachter Reserve
Mentone v Mount Eliza, Mentone Grammar Playing Fields
Seaford Utd v Rosebud, North Seaford Reserve
Aspendale v Barton Utd, Aspendale Gardens Sports Ground
Pakenham Utd v Mount Martha, IYU Reserve
Saturday, 22 July, 5pm:
Heatherton Utd v Frankston Pines, Bosnia and Herzegovina Centre
Springvale City v Somerville Eagles, Ross Reserve
Sunday 23 July, 3pm:
North Caulfield v Skye Utd, Caulfield Park