Wednesday, 4 September 2002 12:00 AM
South Melbourne captain Paul Trimboli led the Club to victory when he scored twice in Monday night’s Tynan – Eyre Cup opener at Green Gully.
In rainy and very windy conditions, goals in the 8th and 34th minutes by the skipper was enough to ensure a win for the Albert Park Club which fielded a line up involving a mix of experience and youth.
Robert Liparoti had an outstanding game, slotting in front of Durakovic and pushing into midfield where he would team up with South’s rising young talents. The young trio of Massimo Murdocca, Ray Sekulovski and Vince Lia all began in midfield with the tenacious David Clarkson returning to for his first competitive hit out after missing last season season due to a knee injury.
Trimboli’s first goal came from a long range effort with hit the underside of the cross bar and crossed the line after rebounding from the back of the Fawkner goalkeeper. His second was scored from a Ray Sekulovski cross which Trimboli easily headed past the keeper.
South who were against a fierce wind in the second half, defended well keeping the Fawkner strikers at bay and creating chances of their own. South Melbourne could have extended their lead when Brisbane born striker Michael Baird came on as a substitute late in the match.
In the late game cross town rivals Melbourne Knights defeated Victorian Premier League Champions Preston 3 – 2. The Tynan – Eyre Cup ladder after Round 1 is as follows:
Team P W D L F A GA PTS
South Melbourne 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
Melbourne Knights 1 1 0 0 3 2 2 3
Preston 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
Green Gully 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
South Melbourne’s next match is against Melbourne Knights on Sunday 8 September, 2002 at Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club. Kick Off 3.30PM.