Sunday, 20 June 2010 8:53 PM
By John Kyrou
Green Gully continued its 24 year unbeaten streak against South Melbourne FC at Green Gully Reserve when it defeated a disappointing South side 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Late goals from Steve Burton and Jason Hayne denied South a spot in the top five and confirmed Gully’s position in there for another week.
Some desperate defending by South denied Gully’s Andy Vargas from opening the scoring in what was the only genuine chance of the first half. The second half also appeared to be heading for a 0-0 stalemate, before Gully won a penalty following substitute Eddie Cetkin’s misjudged header back to goalkeeper Peter Zois that put Gully substitute Hayne through on goal. Zois had no choice but to bring Hayne down and from the resultant spot kick, Burton sent Zois the wrong way to open the scoring.
Substitute Daniel Vasilevski had tried hard to get South back into the contest and was unlucky to put a header wide of the goal. Rhodri Payne also attempted to score for the away side but his soft shot was no problem for Gully goalkeeper Nikola Roganovic. Chasing a late equalising goal meant that South had left themselves exposed at the back and Gully punished the away side when Vargas found space on the right wing and centered the ball for Hayne to slot past Zois to confirm the three points.
South Melbourne FC must quickly re-group before hosting Dandenong Thunder at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex next Sunday at 3pm in what is shaping up to be another must-win game.
FINAL SCORE: GREEN GULLY 2-0 SOUTH MELBOURNE (HT: 0-0)
Nikola Roganovic, Steve Burton, Mile Medjedovic, Daniel Jones, Ryan Ollerton, Jeffrey Fleming, Matthew Sanders (Jason Hayne), Joshua Groenewald (Michael Anderson), Graham Hockless (Timothy Gould), Jonathan Munoz, Andy Vargas
(Scorers: Steve Burton 76′ pk, Jason Hayne 85′)
Peter Zois, Rhodri Payne, Kyle Joryeff (Daniel Vasilevski 76′), Rama Tavsancioglu, Joe Keenan, Steven O’Dor (Eddie Cetkin 46′), Gianni De Nittis (Hamid Basma 70′), Fernando De Moraes, Marinos Gasparis, James Stefanou, Carl Recchia
SMFC Man of the Match: Fernando De Moraes
Venue: Green Gully Reserve
Date: Saturday 19 June 2010