Saturday, 14 February 2004 12:00 AM
THE Football Kings confronted the ghost of a recent thrashing by South Melbourne months ago by beating the Australian team 2-0 in Auckland tonight.
Usually propping up the bottom of the National Soccer League, the Kingz upset the favourites who went into the match with the confidence of knowing that last time these two teams met, it was a 6-0 trouncing.
The Kings got off to a sharp start, and in the 19th minute, Harry Ngata beat the defenders to a free kick inside South Melbourne’s penalty area, drawing out the goalkeeper and providing Noah Hickey with a plum ball to tap in for a 1-0 lead, which they held through the interval.
Ngata popped up in the 59th minute to double his side’s advantage, heading in on the near post from a corner.
Kingz notched up their third win of the season in the encounter, during which South Melbourne rarely looked like scoring.