Paul Retre, pictured, scored a first-half double for Melbourne Heart in the Red and White's 4-1 win over a Peninsula XI side.
Melbourne Heart FC enjoyed a 4-1 win over a Peninsula XI outfit at Frankston Park on Sunday afternoon, in the Club’s final hit out of the pre-season.
An early goal from Ersin Kaya and a first-half double from Paul Retre gave the Red and White a 3-0 half-time lead, before John Bounis scored the side’s fourth in the 50th minute.
The Peninsula XI side netted a consolation through Geordie Scott in the 68th minute in a match played in warm conditions in front of a healthy crowd of over 2000.
Melbourne Heart fielded a team made up predominately of youth players and triallists, with three senior contracted players – goalkeeper Tando Velaphi, Jeremy Walker and Sam Mitchinson – in the starting eleven.
The Red and White opened the scoring early with the first chance of the game - a neat move involving Alex Dao and Phil Petreski, which Kaya finished cleverly after breaching the last line of defence.
Retre doubled Melbourne Heart’s lead in the 13th minute, finishing another slick move as Mitchinson’s patient approach play released Kaya down the left and Kaya turned provider for Retre to tuck home a low cross at the back post.
Velaphi was forced to parry the Peninsula side’s first real effort in the 22nd minute, but it was 3-0 to Heart in the 40th when Hernan Espindola – who was sent through on goal by Petreski – was brought down in the box after a clumsy challenge.
Melbourne were awarded a penalty and Retre grabbed his second, sending the Peninsula 'keeper the wrong way.
The effective Retre was removed in the second half for Joseph Katebian and it was the later’s through-ball that led to the team’s fourth, five minutes into the second period.
Katebian released Kaya who advanced before crossing to the back post, where Espindola squared with his head to Bounis for a simple header into an empty net.
Peninsula pulled a goal back through a great strike from Scott in the 68th minute, but it proved merely a consolation for the Peninsula outfit.
Melbourne Heart Head Coach John Aloisi said he was pleased with the hit out.
“It was good for the youth team boys that played – they haven’t had a lot of time with our youth team with Joe Palatsides so it was good for them to get a game in,” Aloisi said.
“It was also good for some of the senior contracted players like Jeremy Walker, Sam Mitchinson and Tando [Velaphi] to get another 90 minutes into their legs.
“It was a good hit-out – the game became a bit stretched in the second half – but there were some nice goals and there was a good turnout here today.
“It’s good to get out into the community and there’s a lot of Heart supporters down here in Frankston.”
Melbourne Heart opens its Hyundai A-League season with a Round One clash against Melbourne Victory on October 12.
Match DetailsPeninsula XI 1 (Geordie Scott 68’)Melbourne Heart FC 4 (Ersin Kaya 6’, Paul Retre 13’, 40’, Bounis 50’)Frankston Park, Frankston
Melbourne Heart FC Starting Line-Up: 1. Tando Velaphi, 2. Jeremy Walker, 11. Paul Retre (17. Joseph Katebian 46’), 14. Andrew Mullet (9. Baki Efe 82’), 18. Ross Archibald, 19. Sam Mitchinson, 22. Alex Dao (10. Tyler James 71’), 23. Phil Petreski, 26. Ersin Kaya, 32. Hernan Espindola (3. Stefan Zinni 66’) 36. John BounisSubstitute not used: 20. Andrew Redmayne.