Tuesday, 9 February 2010 11:44 PM
South Melbourne FC has progressed to the quarter finals of the 2010 Hellenic Cup, and is scheduled to take on sister club Northcote City Iraklis.
South in the group stage was drawn against Lalor Florina, Altona East PAOK, Keon Park Panathinaikos, and Essendon United Kos. In its first group match against Altona East, South fought off a gritty and determined Altona to open its campaign with a 2-0 victory. The second match was against minnows Essendon United Kos. In what proved to be the upset of the tournament, an excellent performance by Essendon saw it earn a well earned 2-2 draw against an under-strength South side. Given the shock result, South needed to win its remaining matches to ensure it clinched first place in the group. The shock draw against Essendon proved to be a turning point, with South winning the remaining preliminary matches in devastating fashion. A polished performance saw South defeat Lalor Florina 5-0, and crush the resistance of Keon Park Panathinaikos 10-0.
Northcote City remains undefeated in the tournament, and the match up against Northcote promises to be an interesting encounter, as both teams continue their preparation for the upcoming 2010 Victorian Premier League season.
South Melbourne FC vs. Northcote City Iraklis
McIvor Reserve Fogarty Avenue, Spotswood (Melway REF 41F10)