Monday, 15 September 2003 12:00 AM
By Michael Tsoukalis
South Melbourne have completed their preseason commitments with an entertaining 2-2 against cross-town rivals the Melbourne Knights. The game was played at BJS and attended by 700 or so diehards who braved the very cold conditions to see a game of two distinct halves.
The first stanza saw the Knights – who were being led by ex-South Striker Peter Buljan – take a comfortable 2-0 lead with Henry Fa’Arodo and Ante Pelikan grabbing the goals. The Knights once again showed poise beyond their years. The club has chosen to invest in youth yet the cohesion and maturity coach Dobson has managed to achieve in such a short period of time should bode well for the Sunshine-based club.
Coach Munro must’ve given the players a decent spraying at half time as their 2nd half output was much improved. New South Captain Vaughn Coveny lead the South fight back first nodding home a Max Lohy cross and then pouncing on a rebound – that Knights keeper Adam Hrehoresin had failed to glove safely – from a fierce Con Boutsianis drive.
Massimo Murdocca once again remained busy, capping off a superb preseason for the Australian youth international.
South’s next fixture is the opening encounter of the 2003/2004 NSL season proper. South come up against the Parramatta Power this Saturday (20/09/03) at Parramatta Stadium.